Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget: Part 2

Earlier this week we started a discussion about remodeling your bathroom on a budget. Today we are going to look at the three different levels of bathroom remodeling projects and see what you can get for your hard earned money.

Bathroom Remodeling Budgets

  • Minor Remodel: You can spend as little as $100 or as much as a couple thousand and complete a minor bathroom remodel. These remodeling jobs typically involve a fresh coat a pant, a new shower curtain, and minor repairs like caulking, grouting, and possibly even tile repairs. These are all very low cost improvements you can make to change the look of the space, but it will do little to improve the function.

If the plumbing system is problem free and the fixtures were installed within the last 10 years, you can probably get away with these minor changes and still create an impressive result.

  • Mid-Level Remodel: If you have a little more money to spend, like between $3,000 and $5,000, you can make bigger changes to the space. We recommend that you choose an area of the bathroom that could benefit most from a full replacement.

If the tub is in shambles or the toilet is leaking, opt to replace rather than repair. You won’t be able to afford everything so invest wisely and you may have some money left over to replace fixtures, add new paint, and refinish the cabinets. A new floor, a new tub, a new vanity, or a new toilet will make a big difference in the aesthetics and the function of the bathroom as a whole.

  • Major Remodel: If you have saved for years or have been approved for financing, a major bathroom remodel may be in the cards for your home. With a budget upwards from $5,000, you can gut the bathroom and start from scratch. Re-organize the orientation of the space, and get the floors, the fixtures, the vanity, the tub, and toilet you have always wanted if you have the budget to do it.

If you are on the lower end of a major remodeling budget, you can swap out all of the major elements but keep everything in its original space in order to save. Major bathroom remodeling jobs give homeowners the functional and beautiful bathroom they have always wanted, but the price tag is not cheap!

It’s All in the Planning!

No matter which budget you fall into, a bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be out of reach. It is all in the planning. Have a contractor perform an assessment of your bathroom to see which areas need the most work and to get an idea of how much you will have to spend to get your bathroom to where it needs to be. Many companies will perform a free consultation, so there is nothing to lose by simply investigating what it would take to remodel a bathroom in your home. Who knows? Curiosity could land you a new bathroom.

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