Before you get started, check out these helpful and easy-to-follow money-saving tips.
Tip #1: Don’t tile every single square inch
Mosaic tiles are lovely and will add an elegant touch to your bathroom.
But purchasing that tile – and then hiring a contractor to cut it and install it for you – can quickly eat into your renovation cost budget.
To keep more money in your pocket and still enjoy the look of new tiles in your bathroom:
- Decide where tiles will have the biggest impact: Will they look better on the floor, on the wall or inside the shower stall?
- Place tiles in sporadic patterns: Instead of tiling the entire shower stall, place a single horizontal strip or stand-alone tiles here and there and paint around them.
- Use new tiles alongside older or less expensive tiles: You won’t need to use as many newer/more expensive tiles and they’ll instantly stand out and be noticed.
Tip #2: Save on your bathroom countertops
Because bathroom countertops are smaller than their kitchen countertops, granite is an incredibly popular option.
Still, there are ways to save and get a beautiful granite countertop for your bathroom:
- Colour: The most popular (and, therefore pricier) countertop colours and neutrals like tan, brown and beige.
Money-saving tip: Less popular colours such as grey can create the look and feel you want at a much lower cost.
- Imperfections: No, this does not mean buying a slab that’s chipped or cracked in half. But visible imperfections can reduce the price
Money-saving tip: And as a bonus, if the imperfection is in a place that’s hidden (like underneath the faucets), you’ll never see it anyway.
Lastly, if you’re a skilled at DIY, you’ll be able to save around 20% on labour costs by finishing the bathroom installation of the countertop yourself.
Tip #3: Focus on fixtures
Small details like light fixtures, faucets, towel racks and drawer handles can have a big impact on the look and feel of your bathroom design.
The best part is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on these items.
What you can do is look through a high-end catalogue of ultra-expensive fixtures. You know; the kinds which are incredibly and insanely overpriced.
Then, when you find something you like, present it when you have your FREE in-home consultation with our design expert.
Why? Because they’ll find a way to replicate the look you want for less.
Tip #4: Reface, don’t replace
Let’s say you want to update your bathtub and cabinets.
You could either:
- Completely rip out and replace both elements (which is time-consuming and expensive)
- Reface them both (if they’re structurally sound) with bathroom refacing
In a nutshell, here’s how refacing works:
For the cabinets…
- Doors, handles and hinges are removed
- Cabinet surfaces are prepped for refacing
- Veneer or paint is applied to the surfaces
- Coverings are trimmed and installed for a perfect fit
- New doors, handles and hinges are installed
In both instances, cabinet and bathtub refacing is just as effective as a total demolition and rebuild project at a fraction of the cost.
Tip #5: Start with a plan
Before you tackle any part of your bathroom project, you need to have a plan.
Partnering with a designer can help bring that plan to life.
More importantly, your bathroom renovation has a better chance of being done on time and on budget with a professional designer acting as your traffic cop.
Plus, a design consultant can spot costly and time-consuming issues way in advance and help you avoid them before it’s too late.
Let us transform your bathroom affordably and quickly
With summer around the corner, you’ve decided now’s the time to update your bathroom.
And just like many homeowners in North Bay, you have a budget in mind.
Kitchen Gallery is all about giving you the bathroom you want at a price and cost that’s right for you.
If you’re ready to begin your bathroom transformation, we’re ready to help.
- BOOKING A FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION with our design expert
- VISITING OUR BATHROOM GALLERY and get inspired for your project
- GETTING EVEN MORE MONEY-SAVING TIPS for your bathroom renovation