It is possible to remodel your bathroom without spending a fortune. Studies show that bathroom remodeling is the second most desired Austin home improvement, and it can be much more affordable than a kitchen remodel – the most sought after home improvement project homeowners tell us they want.
Determine a Budget for your Austin Bathroom Remodeling Project and Stick With It.
The first step is to determine your budget. The more time spent doing research and developing detailed plans, the easier it will be to stay within that budget. Doing an inexpensive bathroom remodel doesn’t have to mean using cheap materials and cutting corners or giving up the upscale features you desire. Just be prepared to spend more time on planning and shopping than building.
Can I do some of the Work Myself?
Realistically determine how much of the work you want to do yourself. If you have some basic skills in construction you can save a lot of money. Normally more than half of the cost of a remodel is spent on labor. One thing many Austin homeowners, even those without a lot of construction experience, can do themselves is the demolition. Removing toilets, vanities, cabinets, tubs and shower stalls can save a considerable amount of money. Ask your contractor for a quote with and without demo.
Develop Your Own Design
You can save the cost of hiring a designer by developing your own bathroom design and remodeling plans. Looking at design and builder magazines and going online for ideas can help you decide just what you want for your new bathroom.
If you desperately need more space, check your floor plan and determine if there are any closets or hallways that share a common wall that could be incorporated into the bathroom space. You will need the help of a qualified construction professional to determine if walls can be removed without adding additional support.
Also be aware that moving the electrical and plumbing in your bath will increase the cost substantially. You will need to hire a licensed electrician and plumber for this type of work. Austin building codes will require this.
Extra Time in Planning Translates Into Savings
Take the time to compare prices for your large purchases. There are many local Austin building supply houses that offer deep discounts on bathroom fixtures. Some companies have undamaged returned stock on items like spas and designer grade sinks and toilets that can be purchased at deep discounts.
Be creative in your planning. Check with tile and natural stone countertop installers for any excess materials that might have left over from a previous job. Check out antique and salvage shops for items that can be refurbished or refinished to provide a unique look in vanities, tubs and light fixtures for your new bath. If you have a lot of cabinets in your bathroom, consider replacing only the doors and repainting the existing frames.
Remodeling your bathroom on a budget requires trading your time and effort for the money you will save. Before you begin, make sure you are able to commit to the time it takes. If you do, you will be amazed at the money you can save.