Are you considering renovating your old, tired bathroom? There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to create a stunning new room without blowing your budget. If you are interested in remodeling for less, here are five great ways to lower your costs.
#1. Do Your Own Labor
Anyone without special training can lower the cost of their bathroom renovation by stripping out fixtures and fittings themselves. As long as you are comfortable with light demolition work and are careful not to disturb wiring and plumbing, this will lower your costs. The only cravat would be asbestos. Unless you have already had an inspection and know your home is free from this deadly toxin, you run the risk of disturbing asbestos when you start to break, cut or drill. If in doubt, hire a professional inspector to give you the all clear.
#2. Don’t Change Your Floor Plan
Changing the floor plan of your bathroom will send your bill skywards, fast! You’ll incur the expense of hiring plumbers to remove old pipe work and install new ones if you change the location of your bath, sink and shower. Keeping the same layout helps you stick to a lower remodeling budget.
#3. Refinish Your Tub And Sink
The reasons that most renovations run over budget is that people underestimate the cost of removal and replacement. A new bathtub will incur new framing, paneling and re-tiling besides the cost of the plumber’s fees. If you look at the latest techniques used by resurfacing firms, you may reconsider buying new. Firms can now use fillers to seal rust areas and add safety features to the finished tub’s surface including anti-slip texturing. If you think this might work for your bathroom, it will shave over $1,000 off your bill.
#4. Reface Cabinets And Cupboards
Many bathrooms have cabinets and cupboards for storing or drying clothes. While a traditional renovation would see you rip out the existing cabinets, you can slim down your budget with refacing. The drawback of this is that you cannot change the layout of your cabinets but you stand to benefit from a 50 percent reduction on the cost of all new cabinetry. With refacing, your existing doors and hardware are trashed while the exposed edges of the frames are veneered. Brand new doors are there fitted, giving you a new look and limitless styling options.
#5. Source Materials From Factory-Direct Suppliers
Many homeowners reject refinishing and refacing as inferior substitutes for brand new materials. There is some truth to this as the layout and design of your bathroom may itself be dated and need reconsidering. Specialist renovation firms, especially those with experience of home design in Calgary for example, will be best placed to help you maximize the use of your existing space. You can still save significantly if you buy the tubs, sinks, tiles and stone you need from factory-direct sources. Make sure you search for renovation firms who have experience dealing with these low cost suppliers.