Cost Saving Tips for Bathroom Remodels
Bath remodels can become very expensive projects if you are not careful. Many people end up putting many thousands of dollars into their bathroom and do not get their money back when they sell the house. Here are a few cost-saving tips that you can use when you take on a bath remodel project.
Do Not Over-Improve
The most important thing to remember when it comes to a bathroom remodel is to not over-improve the room. Make it nice, but do not spend money just for the sake of spending money. Consider how much money you will get out of the remodel project when you sell the house. Many people think that they should do only the best and most expensive projects at all times, but that is not always the case. It usually results in wasted money.
The flooring in the bathroom takes a great deal of abuse; therefore, you need something that is going to look good over the long-term. Most people install some kind of tile in the bathroom because they think it is the only quality option. Few understand the real value of vinyl.
Advancements in vinyl technology over the last few years have resulted is greatly improved products that mimic the look of ceramic tile. There is still very cheap vinyl on the market that looks terrible and will not hold up; however, by spending just a little bit more money, you can get a great quality vinyl that looks realistic.
Even the most expensive vinyl is going to be cheap compared to having tile installed in the bathroom. Check with local flooring stores and you will likely find some vinyl remnants that you could use as well.
Another important area in the bathroom is the countertop. Most of our time in the bathroom is spent near the counter area; therefore, you need something that will look good and withstand a lot of abuse. That doesn't obligate you to go with granite or some other natural stone.
You can get a nice laminate countertop at a fraction of the price. If you are going to go with granite, check at granite stores to see if they have any remnants. Many times, they will have a small piece leftover from a job that is big enough to do your bathroom counter.