Is the sight of your bathroom driving you crazy? Many people avoid remodeling their bathrooms because of the cost. After all, a full-scale remodel can cost up to £15,000. That’s money most people just don’t have. However, there are lots of ways you can cut costs if you want to upscale your bathroom. In fact, it’s possible to do it for under £1000 if you’re willing to put the work in. A new bathroom will also make you money in the future by adding value to your property. So, if you’re ready to get your bathroom looking a sanctuary, here’s how you can do it.
Although a tiled bathroom wall looks beautiful, the cost of tiles can quickly add up. It’s also imperative that you hire a professional when it comes to tiling. Attempting to tile by yourself could lead to a disaster or make the bathroom look worse than it was before. Save yourself the cost of hiring someone by avoiding tiles altogether. If you don’t mind paying for a tiler, you can cut costs by buying a cheaper tile and doing one strip of more expensive tile as a border.
Upscale an Old Dresser
Vanity units can be expensive, especially if you’re thinking about granite counter tops. At the moment they’re in high demand because they’re so popular, but there’s also another trend that you could save some money on – upscaling an old dresser. Why not take an old dresser and paint it white – a nice neutral colour- and then cut out the space you need for your basin and holes in the back for the plumbing. It’s an ideal way of saving a huge amount and you gain additional storage too.
Back to Wall Toilets
There’s nothing more off-putting than seeing a gigantic toilet in a bathroom in this age of minimalistic interior design. If you’re still using a bulky toilet, back to wall toilets could be the ideal way of maximizing your space and fitting in well with your bathroom design. There’s no DIY solution to fitting new toilets, so it’s an expense you’ll have to be willing to pay, but there’s a fantastic range at Drench.co.uk. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on these, but they will make a huge difference to the room.
Paint is often the cheapest and most effective way of remodeling your bathroom. Stick to neutral colours, especially if you plan on selling the house at any point in the future. It’s easier for potential buyers to visualize themselves in the house if the walls look like a blank canvas. Although you can pick up paint fairly cheaply, it’s best to go for a satin paint in the bathroom because of the excess moisture when the bath or shower is used. It can also be a time-consuming job. Even though it’s usually the smallest room in the house, there are lots of edges and fiddly corners in a bathroom when painting.
The fixtures in a bathroom are often the first sign of its age. One of the most important things you can do when you want to modernize a bathroom is update the fixtures. Do your sink and bath faucets first. Silver or chrome are materials you won’t have to replace anytime soon. If you have enough left in the budget, think about your shower head, light fixtures and you could install a towel radiator if you really want to impress. There are lots of places you could find your fixtures at discounted prices, or consider buying ones with small imperfections for a reduced price.
Freshen Bathtub Grout
When grout isn’t refreshed for so long, it can become discoloured and often makes the bathroom look unclean. No matter how much you try to clean and scrub it, the only solution will be to remove it and re-grout. You can often buy what you need at your local hardware store and it won’t cost much. Just remember to keep your lines straight while re-grouting or caulking.
The thought of buying a used shower isn’t anyone’s idea of luxury, but you may find some surprising bargains. Take a look on Craigslist or similar sites and you could find something that suits. Often, the people selling bathroom fixtures, showers or toilets are people who have purchased them new but found they don’t fit in or suit their own bathrooms. Unable to return them, they may try and sell them instead.
Why not combine your creativity and thriftiness to create your dream bathroom?