It may not seem realistic, but a cheap remodel of the bathroom is totally achievable. The popular culture of home remodeling makes it appear that bathroom renovations have to cost five figures and everything needs to be taken off and replaced. But the first step towards deflating spiraling bathroom renovation costs and getting it back to earth is to avoid the notion.
Check out the affordable ways of renovating your bathroom:
Use Lower-Cost Lookalike Materials
Trying to retain and refurbish the current materials is indeed the best way to save money. But if you have to change out items, affordable choices will also look amazingly like the real thing. For instance, try quality vinyl flooring rather than natural wood plank flooring. The vinyl flooring actually looks much better than older plank flooring. Innovations like premium vinyl flooring and plank vinyl may also deceive the eye from a distance. Highly specified laminate countertops and quartz countertops now look like authentic natural stone with granite. Faux-stone backsplashes of ceramic and porcelain tiles may imitate the look of travertine and marble.
Paint Your Wooden Floor
When your bathroom has a wooden floor, you can rip it out and substitute it with more damp-hardy flooring, such as tiles. Or you can save time, resources, and money by retaining your wooden floor in place and painting it with protective enamel. Please remember, however that solid hardwood should not be your first choice for bathroom flooring. If you have wooden floors already, this is a cheap way of keeping them around as long as you can.
Refinish Your Tub
Consider your bathtub's total replacement as your last possible choice, at least from the point of view of cost savings. Rather, consider relining or refinishing. Bathtub and shower refining is a prime example of the "Repair and retain rather than remove." dictum. If the problem is primarily cosmetics, such as a discolored surface and some cracks and nicks, you can refinish your shower or bathtub. Alternatively, bathtub and shower liners, never a permanent fix, are not as inexpensive as they appear. Requiring a professional installation, liners will take you for a couple of years. Instead, refinishing the bathtub is easier and always seems better.
Install a Pre-Fabricated Shower
Hiring a pro to create a custom tile shower from scratch is the most costly choice for a new shower. Although showers and tubs for site-built tiles can be beautiful and special, consider a prefabricated shower unit, which usually costs far less. If you really must have that tiled shower, fusing a poly shower pan with the tile saves some hassle and some expense.
Install Your Own Toilet
Plumbers are worth their weight in gold. If you have the capacity to carry a toilet, however, stop calling a plumber to turn the old toilet out. Rather, mount your toilet on your own. The installation of the toilet requires a very limited number of waterline hookups. The toughest part of building a toilet is moving the toilet into place physically. Get an affordable hand truck for that or ask for the help of a friend.
Paint Your Bathroom
Interior painting can be rendered even by the least skilled do-it-yourselfer. For whole-house painting, due to the large scale, you may want to consider hiring an experienced painter. But in toilets, remember how little painting you need to do. Most of the wall space is equipped with mirrors, showers, tiles, cabinets, and bathtubs. Ultimately, you have just a few square feet to paint. In most cases, you can paint this on your own in a day or two.
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