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Budget Bathroom Renovations

Updated on November 28, 2012

Bathroom Renovations on a Budget

Everyone loves the thought of getting their bathroom remodeled but most shudder when they think of the cost - with most estimates for mid range bathroom renovations running at around $10,000 dollars. Ouch!

But is there a way to get your bathroom renovated for a fraction of the normal estimates by large contractors?

Well, you'll be happy to know - in a lot of circumstances there is - but there's no magic wand unfortunately! You'll need to use a lot of creativity and even more elbow grease if you want to get the right result.

So let's make a start!

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Try to keep the layout of the bathroom the same!

The first thing you want to check is the layout of your bathroom - and keep your fingers crossed that nothing has to be changed (sink, toilet, bath etc).

Once you start moving water lines or drain lines you need to get plumbers - and plumbers cost money - and remember - you don't want to spend money!

If all your plumbing is working well and there are no leaks then basically listen to the adage - if it ain't broke don't fix it!

You can see in the picture on the right the bathroom is in need of dire attention - but the layout is actually really good! That's where we need to spend our time and as little money as possible!

Tile Reglazing

Major Money Saving Tip!

One of the biggest mistakes a lot of people make is ripping out all the old bathroom tiles...if you're on a tight budget then this will blow it straight away. The name of the game when carrying out a budget bathroom renovation is to salvage as much as you can!

As you can see from the above picture the tiles look a bit drab but they are actually in great condition - so all we really need to do is to reglaze them.

This will not only save you a small fortune - but will be carried out a lot quicker and will cause far less mess and waste.

The rest of the renovation..

So once you've made out the list of new items you want to buy (for example)

  • New toilet
  • Sink
  • Mirror
  • Vanity unit
  • Paint
  • Shower Head
  • Flooring
  • Miscellanous small items

The next thing would be to get a reliable contractor who can give a good estimate as to how long.

If you buy this as a suite you'll normally pay top dollar - but if you're shrewd and don't mind trawling the internet you can easily find great deals.

You may need to get a contractor in to do the more difficult work but make sure you work out a set fee - and because you'll be buying all your own materials - you'll only be paying for the exact labour.


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      Hailey 3 years ago

      I love watching home renovation shows. The problem I have is the paying for my own home renovations. I have quite a few projects, in my home that need renovating but money is definitely an issue. I even am taking on a second job to just get by.