The majority of homeowners' primary areas of interest in home improvement are the kitchens and bathrooms of their properties. Both of these undertakings are often very costly. Overruns in the cost of remodelling a bathroom can be easily managed, which can result in significant cost savings. It may be simpler to put into action actions that will result in cost savings due to the reduced floor space. In addition, the prices of any project that is contracted out can be reduced by the use of do-it-yourself labour.
The restroom is where everyone starts and finishes their day. The manner in which you get ready for the day each morning serves as a benchmark for the rest of the time you spend awake. In addition, the atmosphere in which you get ready for bed has a direct bearing on the quality of sleep you are able to get each night. The thought of facing the difficulties of the day in a restroom that is untidy and unsightly is not exactly motivating. And a bathroom that you don't want to use won't be the calming refuge that you deserve at the end of the day to help you unwind and relax.
You will experience less stress on a daily basis if you have a lovely bathroom that has amenities that you adore and in which there is a specific spot for everything. However, you might be put off because you believe a bathroom redesign would be too expensive for your current financial situation. Make use of these suggestions for a bathroom redesign that is not only less expensive but also more beautiful, rather than giving up on your ambition.
When thinking about renovating their bathrooms, most homeowners' initial thought is probably about how much the project will cost. This is due to the fact that it is common knowledge that kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms that cost the most to redesign. However, the cost of remodelling your bathroom does not necessarily have to be prohibitively expensive. To assist you in finishing your makeover without breaking the bank, here are some suggestions that will save you money. At Hitch Property Constructions, we offer a wide range of bathroom renovation Melbourne.
Ways to Save Money on a Bathroom Remodel
Retain the Bathroom's Size and Layout
Changing the layout of a bathroom typically requires changing the plumbing pipes, which may be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Moving the pipe that the toilet discharges into and the sewer line can be very expensive.
Only expand or change the dimensions of the bathroom if doing so is required to meet your requirements. The single most expensive component of remodelling a bathroom is the process of moving inaccessible or cumbersome fixtures and fittings. During a redesign, you have the opportunity to make changes to the size as well as the layout of your bathroom. However, you must ensure that the benefits of that move are balanced against the adverse effects it will have on your finances.
Keep the Bathroom's Load-Bearing Walls in Place
Your roof and second floor, if you have one, are supported by the load-bearing walls in your home. Changing the location of a load-bearing wall or removing it entirely is a significant undertaking that requires structural alterations. As a general rule, load-bearing walls are located on the exterior of a building. It's common practise to consider non-load-bearing interior walls to be those that run parallel to ceiling joists.
Investigate the possibility of expanding through walls that do not bear weight by conducting research on non-load-bearing walls. Walls that do not bear any load can be taken down or moved with a reasonable amount of work and expense.
If you decide that you really want to move that load-bearing wall, it is highly recommended that you employ a contractor for the job. However, if you are exceptionally dedicated, you can even accomplish this task on your own. Although the materials, such as laminated beams, are affordable, the labour involved is substantial.
Save the Bathroom's Drywall If Possible
Due to the high levels of moisture present in this climate, dry wall must frequently be totally removed if bathroom renovations are undertaken. The installation of new dry wall is a very regular project that must be planned for. The removal of any and all drywall that is even marginally impacted by mould is required.
The more barriers you break down in the beginning, the more walls you will have to rebuild in the end. Each additional wall that is walled off necessitates additional drywall, paint, and labour.
If there is any piece of drywall that is still in good condition, you should retain it. Remove everything but the damaged parts, and only replace them. Drywall that is located next to or behind showers and bathtubs typically has to be replaced. On the other hand, the drywall in the other parts of the bathroom can still be in fine condition.
Refinish Bathroom Elements Instead of Replacing Them
The cost of new plumbing fixtures is increased if the existing plumbing fixtures, tubs, shower bases, or surrounds must be removed and replaced before the replacement fixtures can be installed. A new installation might be part of the deal, but it might also involve tearing down existing structures or making alterations to existing ones.
Ask yourself which, if any, of these things actually require being replaced. Are you doing so for reasons related to their functionality or their appearance? If they can still be used despite their unappealing appearance, you might be able to spruce them up with some paint or give them a new coat of varnish rather than having to replace them.
Instead of completely replacing your bathtub, you may refinish it with a coating that is both aesthetically pleasing and protective. You may save money and avoid sending your old bathroom cabinet to the landfill by giving it a fresh coat of paint instead of replacing it.
Refinishing bathroom fixtures and accessories makes sense not only from a budgetary standpoint, but also from an environmental one.
Install a Prefabricated Shower or Bathtub
One of the most expensive home upgrades you can make to a bathroom is ripping out an old prefabricated shower base and surround and replacing it with a base and walls that are tiled according to your specifications.
Consider installing a tiled shower inclosure as an alternative to a pre-formed, one-piece shower stall. Because you won't have to pay for labor-intensive tile setters, the overall cost will be significantly reduced. A tiled shower can take several days to instal, whereas a prefabricated shower stall can be installed in a matter of hours.
You may also begin with a prefabricated shower base and tile the walls of the shower yourself. This is an alternative option. The cost of labour is what makes most tile more expensive than a one-piece stall, even though the materials for tiling can be significantly less expensive.
Install a Standard-Type Toilet
It is usually a good idea to replace an old toilet that uses a lot of water with a newer model that uses less water. However, new toilets typically come with a large number of amenities, each of which can add a startling amount to the overall cost, and they may require costly maintenance in the future.
Choose a well-designed, simple toilet that gives decent flushing performance while using minimal water unless you have specific needs for a toilet with a lot of extra functions. In that case, go with a more complex model. To perform their function adequately, toilets do not need to be particularly pricey.
Additionally, the installation of a toilet is a frequent do-it-yourself project that, to many homeowners, may appear to be more complex than it actually is. The cost of having a plumber instal your toilet can be reduced if you do it yourself.
Keep the Bathroom's Electrical Circuits in Place
When bathrooms are remodelled, the old wiring is almost always in need of an upgrade because it does not comply with the criteria set forth in the most recent electrical code.
If the wiring in your bathroom is in working order, the permitting office where you live should be able to tell you whether or not your system can be grandfathered in. In the event that it needs to be brought up to code, certain modifications might be required. An example of this would be installing GFCI outlets in place of non-grounded outlets. GFCI stands for "ground-fault current-interrupter." Keep the electrical wiring in place if it is safe to use and serves your purposes adequately.
A Simple Way to Update the Toilet
Did you know that you can frequently give your toilet the appearance of a more recent model without really having to replace it? Rather than replacing the entire machine, just the lid and seat need to be changed. This can provide you with a clean and contemporary appearance at a fraction of the cost.
An Easy Spa-Like Update
Simply switching out the showerhead may give your bathroom the appearance and atmosphere of a high-end spa. A rainfall or massage showerhead will bring opulence to your bathroom at a cost that is surprisingly affordable. Also, by making the adjustment by yourself, you can save money that would have been spent on labour.
Think Outside the Tile
There is no question that tile that extends all the way to the ceiling looks stunning. However, the beauty that you create may be achieved with a wide variety of other materials at a lower cost. Beadboard or salvaged wood create a one-of-a-kind and inviting aesthetic on walls, so save the tile for the shower and use those materials instead.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
It's easy to forget about this straightforward and affordable piece of remodelling equipment. Painting may completely change the appearance of your bathroom, and if done correctly, it can even help to detract attention from components of your bathroom that you currently are unable to afford to replace. Check out Hitch Property Constructions for a huge range of melbourne home painter services.
Shine Some Light
Lighting that was installed in a bathroom during construction is rarely adequate and almost never attractive. Make an immediate difference in the appearance of your bathroom by upgrading the fixtures.
Choose Your Splurges Wisely
It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on each component of your bathroom. Consider the location that serves as the room's main point, and direct your spending priorities there. Is it a product of your vanity?
Spend a little more money to get granite countertops or a vessel sink with updated fixtures, but get the least expensive toilet you can find. Do you want the shower to be the main attraction? Invest your money in custom tile, and for the vanity makeover, all you really need is a new framed mirror and some updated faucets.
Don't rush into buying the first vanity or piece of hardware that catches your eye. Check out the competition and compare costs. In addition to this, you can repurpose outdated things in inventive ways. For a fraction of the price, an old dresser may be repurposed into a whole new vanity. And what about your kitchen and bathroom countertops? Begin your search at granite shops and enquire as to whether or not they have any granite scraps left over from larger projects. It's possible that you'll be able to negotiate a price that's more to your liking.
Keep Plumbing Where It Is
It may at first seem like a good idea to update the design of your bathroom; however, unless you are willing to spend approximately $5,000 each time you move plumbing fittings, you may want to consider keeping the fixtures that are already there in their current locations. Take a look at this affordable makeover of a bathroom.
Frame Your Mirror
Why not add some flair to what is sure to be the focal point of your bathroom—the mirror that hangs above your sink? The addition of a frame to your mirror will not only give it an exquisite appearance, but it will also disguise any wear and tear caused by age that may have developed along the mirror's edges. Here are some tips for remodelling your bathroom without causing any damage to the space.
DIY a Vanity
Visit some antique stores, flea markets, and resellers to look for a lovely old dresser that you can tidy up and serve as a bathroom vanity in place of your current one. This will help you save money while you are renovating your bathroom.
It is an excellent do-it-yourself project, and you will easily be able to cut out the space to hide the plumbing, close drawers, add towel bars on the sides, and place a sink in it or on it. All of these modifications can be accomplished with relative ease. The instructions for installing a vanity sink are as follows.
Skip the Tile
Tile gives a room a clean and modern appearance, but installing it from the floor all the way up to the ceiling may be quite expensive. Think about using alternatives such as reclaimed wood panels, which give off a cosier and more old-fashioned vibe while also being able to complement white fixtures and other minimalistic components. These 12 fantastic shiplap wall designs are sure to spark your creativity.
Check Online for Extras
When other people rebuild their bathrooms or other portions of their homes, they often have extra tiles, which they will sell on Craigslist or eBay if they do not use them all. Explore the sites in search of people's unused items, which are likely to be sold at a substantial discount because the original owners can't get their money back for them. First get as much as you can, and then go to a nearby hardware or home improvement store to get the rest of what you need. Take a look at these 13 helpful tiling suggestions to improve the tile in your bathroom.
Use Granite Remnants for Counters
Granite is a proven way to create a new and enhanced appearance, and vanities, which are the focal point of the bathroom and should be given specific attention when remodelling, should be given special attention. Visit granite businesses, as they frequently have smaller pieces of granite that are the size of vanity tops that are leftover from larger jobs and that they will sell to you at a discount in order to save money on your bathroom remodel. Before settling on one, consider all of the possibilities shown here for the countertop.
Reno Your Tub Instead of Buying New
It's inevitable that an old bathtub or shower will eventually show signs of wear and tear, but before you go out and buy whole new fixtures—which can be very pricey—you might want to think about resurfacing them. It is not a normal do-it-yourself project, but having a professional resurface your bathtub or shower may be done for a significantly lower cost than purchasing brand new fixtures. There are several do-it-yourself resurfacing materials available on the market; nevertheless, unless you are not particular about the end result, you should seriously consider having a professional to complete this task.
The Do's and Don'ts of Saving Money on a Bathroom Remodel
DO hire a designer
If cutting costs is one of your primary priorities, it could seem counterintuitive to employ a professional straight once to get started on your project. If you have a professional designer on your team, however, you will be able to start your project with a sound plan and a reasonable budget, which will allow you to potentially prevent costly mistakes during the construction process. A professional designer will also be able to assist you in gaining control over the numerous design decisions that will arise throughout the course of the project. Employing a contractor to begin work before developing a comprehensive strategy is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided at all costs.
DON'T move the plumbing
Leaving the toilet and tub in their current locations during a big bathroom remodel will help you save money, even if the project calls for moving them in some cases. If you are remodelling a normal bathroom in Seattle that is 5 feet by 7 feet, you probably don't have much of a choice anyway: the basic layout that you already have is probably the only one that will function in your space. You will have lots of opportunity to choose new fixtures and make other upgrades to make your bathroom just right for you, even if you do not move any of the existing ones. This will allow you to personalise your bathroom.
DO consider your tile options.
There is no question that tile is long-lasting, simple to maintain, and offers an almost infinite number of design choices. Because of this, it is one of the most popular options for bathroom makeovers. Choose your tile carefully, though, if you wish to reduce the total cost of your renovations to a minimum. Tiles created by a designer or an artisan can give your bathroom a one-of-a-kind appearance.
However, an interior designer can suggest lower-priced tile materials, unique patterns, and fascinating grout colours that will produce the same amount of pop for a cheaper cost to the client. Also, give some thought to trimming down the total area covered by the tile installation. There is no necessity for the tile that surrounds your shower to extend all the way to the top of the room. Also, think about using different materials for the walls that are not adjacent to the bathtub or shower. Bead board made of painted wood, for instance, can lend a cosy vibe to a room while maintaining a streamlined appearance.
DON'T skimp on storage space
It can be tempting to choose a bathroom vanity that is smaller or to reduce the amount of storage you instal in order to cut costs when you are remodelling your bathroom. I beg you, don't. It is essential for bathrooms to be useful areas, and there must be sufficient storage space for all of your personal items. Every one of us has entered a restroom that has every available square inch of counter space crammed full of various items, including cosmetics, hair products, and other items. If you want to save money on cabinets, one option to explore is open shelving, which is less expensive.
DO choose quality plumbing fixtures.
There is a wide range of prices and quality available for bathroom plumbing fittings. Always choose the greatest quality fixtures that your money will allow you to purchase as a general guideline. You don't need them to be fancy, but you do want them to last, especially if they are installed behind your walls, like your bath mixing valve. This is especially important if they are installed behind your walls.
DON'T forget about paint
A fresh coat of paint is an easy, low-cost makeover that can infuse your bathroom with a lot of personality. Find the ideal paint colour for an accent wall with the help of an interior designer, or let your imagination run wild and paint the ceiling a contrasting colour. Here's a helpful hint: Keep your tile colour neutral so you can adjust your paint colour whenever you like. (It's a lot less expensive than replacing the tiles!)
DO choose cool light fixtures.
Why is it that the light fixtures in the bathroom are usually an afterthought? You can discover fixtures that will make a statement for less than $200 if you look around and don't put in too much effort. LED lights installed in strategic locations can provide ample illumination throughout your bathroom.
Planning for a new look for your house? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions is here to help in your home renovations.
DON'T spend a fortune on your sink
In contrast to sinks found in kitchens, which are frequently subjected to heavy use, sinks found in bathrooms are used much less frequently. You can save money by skipping the well-known brands and looking for a ceramic under-mount variant online instead. Nobody will be the wiser, and you'll have more money in your pocket to invest in adornments of a more elaborate nature.
It's common knowledge that renovating a bathroom can break the bank. Nevertheless, if you put these suggestions into practise when working on your project, you will be pleasantly pleased by how simple and affordable your renovation is!
FAQs About Bathroom Renovation
Because of their lower cost compared to porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles are the superior option. Both the wood and the metal are sturdy and dependable, and if you get them properly installed, they should last you for decades. In the event that you make the decision to re-tile your shower, this is the point at which your expenses may become more expensive. Again, if you choose to do things on your own, you'll end up saving money.
Not only will it leave a good impression on your acquaintances, but did you know that it can also raise the value of your home if you decide to put it up for sale? Well, it just so happens that installing brand-new, aesthetically pleasing tile, flooring, and backsplash in your home is a tried-and-true method that has been shown to increase the value of the property.
If you don't have access to a shower or bathtub elsewhere, you should bring some bottles of these products with you. They aren't a substitute for a thorough body wash, but they will help you remain clean and odor-free for a few days. You could also prepare a bed bath by placing a bucket of warm, soapy water next to the bed and covering it with towels.
In most cases, the value of a home can be increased by removing an existing bathtub and replacing it with a spacious walk-in shower that has been tastefully appointed. The majority of potential buyers, particularly families with young children, want at least one bathtub in a home. If you remove the only tub in your home and replace it with a walk-in shower, the value of your home could decrease as a result.
The purchasers were asked to rank a list of amenities that were included in a bathroom that most appealed to them. High on the priority list was the inclusion of both a shower stall and tub combination as well as a double vanity. The master bathroom's private toilet compartments, along with a white toilet, tub, and sink, topped the list of must-have amenities.