If you’ve lived in your home a long time, your bathrooms may be outdated. Updating a bathroom adds value to your home; but while an average bathroom remodel costs a little over $10,000, there are inexpensive ways to transform a bathroom into a beautiful new space.
To add tile, focus on high-impact areas like the floor, instead of the entire shower area. You can tile a horizontal strip along the walls and paint the rest of the bathroom. If an expensive tile has caught your eye, use it as an accent alongside a cheaper tile.
Granite countertops are very popular; because bathroom counters tend to be smaller, your cost to replace laminate or tile counters with granite may be reasonable. To save money, consider less popular colors when choosing your granite slab, or find one with slight imperfections. The sink will take up a portion of the slab, so imperfections may not be noticeable at all. Consider using an old wood dresser as a sink pedestal instead of buying new cabinetry.
Repainting a bathroom is another low-cost, high-impact change. Choose a high quality paint with a satin finish formulated for bathrooms, which will help resist growth of mold and mildew. Updating light fixtures, faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls are also inexpensive changes that can really change the look of your bathroom.
Instead of replacing a tub or shower, have your existing one relined. Fixtures can be purchased used; check eBay or Craigslist online, or visit your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which stocks items like doors, mirrors, sinks, toilets, and tubs. Low-flow toilets, sinks, and shower heads will conserve water and save money. Upcycling vintage light fixtures or old barn wood for shelving will also reduce the stress on your wallet. Remember to donate your old bathroom items to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. For more information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL