Bathroom Remodeling: 3 Ways To Keep Costs At A Minimum

Your home's bathroom may need a facelift, but this doesn't mean that you can afford to be out thousands of dollars getting it done. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to upgrade your bathroom without worrying about sending your checking account into the negative.

1. Be Selective in Your Splurging.

When it comes to remodeling a bathroom on a budget, you simply can't splurge every time you turn around. However, a simple splurge here and another one there is okay as long as you're cutting back in other areas of the bathroom. For example, frameless shower enclosures are becoming quite popular thanks to their ability to make the space feel more luxurious and spacious, but they may cost more than you would like to spend. If that's the case, try to find lighting and faucet fixtures at a discounted rate. Or, check out some thrift markets in your area where you may be able to find a slightly-damaged bathroom vanity or vintage claw foot tub for a fraction of the price that you would pay new.

2. Just Upgrade Your Lighting.

If you aren't ready to go all-out on a bathroom remodel, you can make a huge difference in the space by simply upgrading your lighting fixtures. Whether you add a couple wall sconces on each side of the vanity mirror or you replace your dainty overhead light with a beautiful chandelier, you will successfully enhance the ambiance of your bathroom.

3. Opt for the Inexpensive Alternative.

Sometimes, you can substitute one thing for something else and no one is the wiser. This may be true with your bathroom countertop. To update the look of the space, consider giving your current cabinets a fresh coat of paint (either the same color or a new color) and get a new countertop installed. While you may want marble, it can cost quite the pretty penny at anywhere from $125 to $250 per square foot. If you can't quite spend that much, consider opting for a tile countertop for up to $75 per square foot. Tile comes in a wide assortment of styles and colors, and you are almost guaranteed to be able to find a design that mimics the look of luxurious marble.

For more cost-saving ideas, contact a general contractor to discuss design options. If you find that you just aren't cut out to perform the work yourself, a contractor—like those at Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc and other locations—can help you out for a fee.