Everybody's day begins and ends in the bathroom. The way you get ready each morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. And the environment in which you get ready for bed sets the tone for how well you can sleep at night. A cluttered, unattractive bathroom doesn't exactly invigorate you to take on the day's challenges. And an unwelcome bathroom won't be the soothing oasis you deserve to help you unwind at the end of the day.
A beautiful bathroom -- with features you love and where everything has a place -- will help you feel more at ease each day. But you might be discouraged because you think a bathroom remodel is outside of your budget. Instead of letting go of your dream, use these tips for a less-expensive, but beautiful, bathroom remodel.
Don't Mess with the Plumbing
If you're able, keep your plumbing where it is. Moving a toilet, sink, or bathtub is costly, and if you can avoid that step, you can save thousands. Keeping the same footprint is the best way to save money in your bathroom remodel.
Add a Frame
You can add an element of classiness for a small price if you frame your mirror. Not only does a frame hide age-related wear, it looks sharp and makes your entire bathroom look updated.
A Simple Way to Update the Toilet
Did you know you can often give your toilet an updated look without completely replacing it? Instead of replacing the whole unit, just replace the lid and seat. This will give you a crisp, modern look for a fraction of the price.
An Easy Spa-Like Update
You can get the feel (and the look) of a spa with a simple change in shower head. A rain or massage shower head will give you luxury for a relatively small price. And you can save money on labor by making the change yourself.
Think Outside the Tile
Tile up to the ceiling is beautiful -- there's no doubt about that. But you can create a less-expensive beauty with a variety of other materials. Save tile for the shower, and try beadboard or reclaimed wood, instead, for a unique, warm look on your walls.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
It's easy to overlook this simple and inexpensive remodeling tool. Paint can transform the look of your bathroom, and when done right, it can even draw attention away from the elements of your bathroom you can't afford to replace right now.
Shine Some Light
Builder-grade lighting in a bathroom is rarely sufficient -- and rarely beautiful. Update your fixtures for an immediate impact in your bathroom.
Choose Your Splurges Wisely
You don't have to splurge on every element of your bathroom. Think of the focal point of the room, and focus your splurges in that area. Is it your vanity? Spend a little extra for granite counter tops or an upgraded vessel sink, but buy the cheapest toilet. Want the shower to be the focal point? Spend your money on custom tile, while simply upgrading the vanity with a framed mirror and new faucets.
Don't buy the first vanity or fixture you lay eyes on. Compare prices and watch for deals. You can also use old items in new ways. An old dresser can become a new vanity for a fraction of the cost. And when it comes to your counter tops? Start at granite shops, and ask if they have any bits of granite left over from bigger jobs. You may be able to negotiate a price you love.
Fortunately, small changes make a big impact in bathroom. Think creatively, and you could have the bathroom of your dreams. At New Life Bath & Kitchen, we provide high quality craftsmanship for all budgets to help you get a bathroom you love. Call us today at (805) 639-5433, or contact us online and ask for your free consultation.