How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

Tips to remodel your bathroom on a budget from the experts at Calhoun Plumbing

How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

Calhoun Plumbing

July 25, 2019

A common real estate adage saying states that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. With that in mind, your 1950s-style bath (the one that comes complete with a decades-old toilet, seafoam green fixtures, and tile that that has years of grimy build-up along the edges) isn’t doing you any favors.

A bathroom remodel is a home improvement project that packs a pricey punch. But this price isn’t just what you spend, it also includes the money you’ll get back on this often dramatic renovation. While a splurge here and there is perfectly acceptable, you can create an entirely new bathroom aesthetic without having to use your entire savings just to pay for the remodeling costs.

How can you renovate your bathroom on a budget? Look at some of the easiest ways to cut costs and still get a beautiful bathroom.

Hire an Plumbing Expert

This tip may seem like it runs counter to what a money-savvy homeowner would do. But in reality, paying for expert-level services can save you money in the long run. Unless you have extensive experience and expertise in switching out plumbing fixtures, moving drains, or installing new bathroom features, you need a plumber.

The professional plumber makes sure to do each installation and repair right the first time. They also know what building materials you need and where to get them (often for a much lower price than you’d find at the local big box hardware store).

Plan a Smart Bathroom Design

While changing the entire design plan of your bathroom may seem like an essential part of the room’s renovation, you can still make major changes without a total redo. Keep in mind that moving fixtures, such as the toilet or a sink, means moving your plumbing. Replacing a toilet using the same space (and the same pipes/drain) as the first one is far less expensive than moving the fixture across the room.

Along with keeping fixtures where they are, consider choosing new ones that are the same size as the old ones. This eliminates the need to replumb pipes and drains, as the plumber tries to match the new size and shape of your sink, bathtub, or toilet.

Choose Materials Wisely

The design guru who helps you to pick a countertop for your vanity suggests quartz. They boast about the beauty and you’re almost sold — until you see the price tag.

You have a variety of countertops, types of tile, fixtures, and accents that come in all price ranges. Before spending your entire budget on one elegantly elaborate feature, consider what you could get at even a slightly lower price point.

One easy way to wrangle your budget is by choosing hardware and faucets wisely. If your existing faucets are in more than adequate shape, you may want to keep them. Even if you switch out the sink or bathtub, the plumber may be able to reuse the faucets and knobs (depending on the type of fixture and the shape it’s in).

Refinish Over Remove

Some bathroom fixtures can have a new life with just a little bit of TLC. Replacing a porcelain bathtub is a costly proposition that can take over your budget. Even though tubs, showers, and even sinks are often costly to replace, a fresh, pristine look is available at a much lower price than you probably think.

How can you get a new tub without paying a high cost? Refinishing your bathroom fixtures is an easy way to work around a budget. Again, like with the plumbing, hire a professional for this type of job. The wrong type of refinishing application process can turn your so-so tub into a nightmare remodeling project.

Do you need a plumber to help with your bathroom renovation project? Contact Calhoun Plumbing for more information.