Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget


Remodeling a bathroom doesn't have to be expensive. Bathroom remodels cost so much because of the use of electricians, plumbers and luxurious materials like stone and tile. Use creative solutions to cut costs while still getting your dream room.


  • If you want high-end materials, use them sparingly. A granite vanity countertop or marble tile on the deck of the tub won't break the bank, but they will give the bathroom a luxurious touch. Supplement higher-priced accents with cheaper materials like ceramic tile that simulates natural stone. Use beadboard on the walls in place of tile for a country bath. Shop for building materials in the winter--demand is lower and you may have room to strike a deal.

    Go shopping in untraditional stores for building materials. A boat supply store may have a vanity normally used in yachts that would be perfect for your bathroom for less money. Find a unique source for stainless steel to use on the vanity front. Look for a retailer that allows you to mix and match your own tile. This enables you to get vibrant color while using mosaic pieces that are on sale. Plan your bathroom remodel around stones and woods that are local to your area to save on shipping costs. A shower made out of concrete panels gives you the opportunity to use recycled materials, save money and add an industrial feeling to your bathroom remodel. Replicate high-end tile that looks like rock by setting a shower floor with landscape rock and concrete for a fraction of the cost. Use leftover materials from other remodeling projects, such as accenting the mirror with cherry wood flooring or painting the underside of a piece of glass for an inexpensive vanity counter.

DIY Projects

  • Do-it-yourself projects can save money on labor while allowing you to work within your own time frame and get a custom look. Know when to call in the experts on a bathroom remodel to save headaches and costly mistakes. Professionals should handle the plumbing and electrical work to make sure the bathroom meets building codes. Perform tasks like painting and removing wallpaper yourself to save money.

Floor Plan

  • The floor plan of your bathroom determines how much the remodel will cost. Try keeping the main fixtures, such as the toilet, sink and tub, in the same spot to save on plumbing expenses. If you want a jetted tub, find one in a standard size that will fit in the existing tub area.

Custom Touches

  • A budget bathroom can still be stylish. Identify the one contemporary element in a bathroom that you can't live without, such as a chandelier or vessel sink. Save money on the rest of the materials so you can still have what's important to you.

    Base your remodel around the existing features in the space. Work with a pedestal sink, claw-foot tub and white tile to create a vintage bathroom. Spruce up a retro bath with light and paint. Try a modern paint color like gold against gray or taupe tile to update it and create a contemporary look without spending a lot of money. Paint also can transform the vanity for just a few dollars.

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