Four Ways To Cut Costs During A Bathroom Remodel

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A bathroom remodel can actually be a great investment in your home. In fact, it could increase the value of your house and earn you a profit when you go to sell it. Unfortunately, the national average for a full bathroom remodel runs about $16,128, according to Remodeling Magazine. This is a good bit of money that not everyone has lying around. If you desire to transform your bathroom but do not want to spend that much on a complete remodel, there are some corners you can skimp. You have to be careful when cutting corners that you don't end up making things worse in the long run. In order to get the most value out of your money, here are some tips to saving on a bathroom remodel. 

Get Creative

There are many ways to cut costs when you think outside the box. If you are looking for a bathroom with better disability access, it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on the remodel. Instead of a regular bathroom vanity, think about using an old piece of furniture that can be updated to work better for your needs. A vintage desk could work out great as a bathroom vanity. Typically, you can find these for much less than a brand new bathroom vanity. You want to look for a vanity that has plenty of clearance underneath for a wheelchair to fit. 

Keep the Layout

One of the best ways to save money on a bathroom remodel is to keep the same layout. If your tub is in a particular spot, keeping it in the same location will shave quite a bit off the remodeling process. Changing the tub, toilet, or sink location can be very costly as you have to change plumbing, fixtures, and much more. It can also be very labor intensive which can add to your final deadline and costs. Keeping the bathroom's original footprint will help save you money on the remodel. For a wheelchair accessible bathroom, consider a smaller bathtub or a walk-in shower to maximize floor space.

Use Remnants for the Counters

In many cases, bathroom counters are quite a bit smaller than kitchen counters. If you are looking to splurge a little on granite or quartz counters, you could be looking at spending quite a bit of money. To save on these counters, you want to try talking to your local granite shops to see if they have any remnants available. When the shop is cutting the granite for a large project, they will often hold onto smaller pieces. These can work for bathroom remodels and are often discounted. 

Don't Make Changes

Once you have decided to remodel your bathroom, you need to start planning the design. The design of your new bathroom should be concrete once the remodeling process begins. Every time you decide to make changes during the remodel, you not only push back the deadline, but it can end up adding to your total cost. 

Mix Up the Tile

Depending on how large your bathroom will be, tile flooring can get very expensive. To help save on flooring costs, you can choose a cheaper tile to cover the flooring. Once that has been chosen, you can then choose a little pricier tile to mix in with cheaper tile so you not only get a customized look, but you also get some quality tile that you like. 

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