Besides recreating your kitchen, remodeling your bathroom is also a wise decision that improves the comfort and economic value of your property. However, you don’t want to end up spending more than $25,000+, especially when you’re on a budget, right?
Fortunately, we are sharing this article containing some creative tips on how you can achieve your affordable bathroom remodel without compromising quality or beauty.
If you need further advice or would like to ask for a free quote and design for your remodeling project, then don’t hesitate to contact us at the USA Cabinet Store.
1) Avoid Moving Your Pipes or Keep Your Existing Layout
When you’re planning for your modern bathroom remodel this 2021, we encourage you to keep your current plumbing, since changing it will significantly affect your overall cost. If you’re on a budget, relocating your pipes can drive additional expenses ranging from $150 to $1,000 – depending on workload.
2) Bring In Your New Faucet
If you plan to just refinish your sink counter, then installing a new bathroom faucet will give it a modern, vibrant appeal without breaking the bank. Your possible budget for this ranges from $290 to $450.
Your overall budget for installing a new faucet will depend on three factors:
- The size of your sink
- The model of your sink
- If it has a drain control, which can spike your cost but is a worthwhile investment
3) Reface and Refinish Your Bathroom Cabinets
Besides your bathroom countertops, getting fresh custom or semi-custom vanity cabinets can greatly increase your budget. If you opt for that, then your possible cost is around $1,000 to $6,000, while a mid-quality cabinet will cost around $1,500 to $3,000.
Therefore to save on costs, you can just update your cabinet doors, hardware, and finish for minimal expenditure. Moreover, if you go for stock or prefabricated cabinets, then your budget should be around $500 to $1,500.
4) Repair and Refinish Your Tub
Upgrading your bathtub will increase your overall bathroom renovation cost, so keeping your old tub will be your best choice. However, you’ll see evidence of its natural aging, so your best solution will be to repair and repaint your bathtub.
If you ever pursue installing a new tub and search for low-grade quality, your estimated budget is between $450 to $2,000. Meanwhile, for mid to high-quality tubs, your possible budget is $2,600-$4,000 and $6,000-$8,000, respectively.
You can purchase some DIY fix-kits from hardware or home improvement stores to fix those nicks and gouges in your tub. Likewise, repainting its surface will greatly improve its appearance without spending thousands of dollars.
5) Keep Your Hardwood Bathroom Floor or Replace with Tiles
Your bathroom hardwood floors are constantly exposed to water, chemicals, and moisture, which can significantly affect their sturdiness and appearance. Accordingly, you have the option to either repaint or replace the entire thing.
However, if you’re on a budget, then keeping it and re-applying an enamel paint to enhance your floor’s rustic finish with a water-resistant coating is your most cost-efficient decision.
Nevertheless, if you pursue replacing your old hardwood bathroom floors yourself, then your estimated cost on the low-end is $800 to $2,000. If you go for high-end flooring materials, then your estimated budget is within $5,000 to $7,000.
Meanwhile, here are some of the common bathroom floor materials we can offer you:
- Tiles – $550 – $4,000
- Wood plank – $250 – $1,800
- Vinyl plank – $200 – $850
- Linoleum – $150 to $550
Additionally, we can also install engineered wood planks as replacements. It is a highly durable and naturally water-resistant material.
6) Opt for Prefab Shower Units
Another common dilemma among homeowners is what to do when renovating a shower area or bathroom fixtures. Don’t panic since one of our professional bathroom remodeling contractors will be there to help you.
Furthermore, you have two options: prefabricated or custom shower units. If you’re on a budget, then going for a prefab shower unit is your most desirable choice. You need to order them in advance since availability and shipping will add more time before it arrives to your location.
Prefabricated shower units are cheaper and lighter. Additionally, you can install them yourself. However, this has setbacks which include the following:
- It may not fit your space
- Limited styles may be available
On the other hand, customized tile showers are great if you are willing to spend on them. With that, you can choose any style you want and the materials needed for it. Luckily, we include this option in our affordable bathroom renovation services.
Furthermore, here are some estimated prices for your shower installation in 2021:
- Low-end: $500 to $2,500
- Mid-quality: $3,500 to $5,000
- High-end: $6,500 to $10,500
7) DIY Installation of Your Toilet
Hiring a professional plumber to install your new toilet can put weight on your budget, so if you have the skills to do it, then you save on labor. Ultimately, the most daunting task for this phase will be carrying your toilet since it’s pretty heavy.
Furthermore, if you go for a professional toilet installation, then the cheapest price you can get is $150 to $300. Meanwhile, for mid-range to high-end quality, it runs $350-$500 and $550-$800, respectively.
8) Handle the Painting Work by Yourself
Prepare yourself for handling the paint works needed for your bathroom remodel on a budget. Compared to painting your entire house, your bathroom is pretty small, so you can easily handle this one.
9) Select “Good Condition” Used Bathroom Fixtures
Shopping for your bathroom fixtures will be costly, especially if you go for mid-quality to high-end materials. If you want to save on this part, then be prepared to shop online or in big box stores for any cheaper alternatives.
Additionally, you can go to any garage sale to select used bathroom fixtures that are still in good shape for your bathroom remodel on a budget.
10) Save on Utilities with Green Updates
We also remind our clients that it is wise to go for eco-friendly updates that can both help them save on their upfront costs and utilities while minimizing their harmful effects on nature. For instance, we can design a toilet, sink, or showerhead that requires low water flow, so you can save on water consumption.
Together, we can redesign your bathroom into an eco-friendly space that is sustainable and appealing.
11) Protect Your Wall by Installing Wainscot
Instead of installing tiles on your walls and spending so many hours repairing holes, you may opt to install a wainscot. It’s a prefabricated wallboard that’s 48 inches tall which we can use to cover your old bathroom wall.
It both serves as a wall protectant and additional decor. However, before installing a wainscot, we need to repair and disinfect any mold damages that may be present on your wall.
12) Save On Your New Bathroom Vanity with Tops
Two of the most popular materials for bathroom countertops are granite and quartz. Both stones are durable and beautiful, which spruce up the appearance of your bathroom. Unfortunately, these materials are quite expensive.
Fortunately, you can go for granite or quartz remnants to save on your vanity top installation. Otherwise, you can choose those styles and colors that are cheaper and easier to install.
13) Limit Your Tile Consumption
Tiles are very appealing to the eyes and are known to improve your bathroom’s visual appeal, yet it will also increase your costs since you’ll have to hire a professional and buy tiles.
If you direly want tiles in your newly finished bathroom, then you have to choose specific areas to install them. Additionally, you can mix cheap and expensive tiles together You will use the cheaper tiles for division, while the expensive ones can be used to accentuate the area.
14) Frame Up Your Vanity Mirror
To give your vanity mirror a fresh modern look, you can frame its sides with a parallel or contrasting hue against your wall and backsplash. Doing this will just be economical and you can easily do it by yourself.
15) Get the Best Package from Your Local Remodeling Contractor
Lastly, you will need to work with a local bathroom remodeling contractor like USA Cabinet Store to ensure the success and proper finish of your bathroom remodel on a budget.
Alongside this, you should search for the best contractors near you to get a free estimate from them. Compare their prices and inclusions to make better judgments regarding the cost-efficiency of their packages.
Ultimately, you can always turn to us for your bathroom remodeling needs. Get in touch with us today to ask for a free quote and design for your affordable bathroom makeover. You could also check us on Yelp anytime.