Ways to Save Big on Bathroom Remodeling

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Trying to save money on your bathroom remodeling? Here are some surprising ways to do it without affecting your wish list.

If you’ve already narrowed down the scope of the project with your contractor, avoid the temptation to search for ways to cut back on the labor costs. (I know…it’s easy to see a fee and try to whittle it down). Instead, the place to save money is with the extras!

Save Money on the Extras

Go through the project estimate and focus on the shower stall, bathtub, vanity, and tile. Think about how long you plan to stay in the house, how many people use the space, and what level of comfort you can afford. Here are a few ideas:

  • Bathtub. Do you need a 7-foot model or will a 6-foot model do? Are whirlpool jets a must or do you really want the upgraded chromatherapy lights? Here’s a good primer on selecting the type of bathtub for your remodeling.
  • Fixtures. You can save money by sticking with a basic finish, like brushed chrome, versus the high end oil rubbed bronze.
  • Shower stall. Can you live with a shower door that is ½ inch thick versus 3/8 inch thick. You could save hundreds of dollars. How about chrome hinges instead of brushed nickel?
  • Tile. Consider using inexpensive, neutral field tile for 85 percent of the room and then splurge on designer tile for the rest. You can get the pop you want and save big. Show these Furniture Fashion Magazine bathroom remodeling ideas to your contractor and see what can happen.

Bathroom Remodeling With Payback in Mind

As you plan your bathroom remodeling always keep the resale picture in mind. These remodeling payback guidelines can help you determine what to splurge on and what to avoid. Happy remodeling!

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  1. 2 Responses to “Ways to Save Big on Bathroom Remodeling”

  2. Jul 31, 2010

    Allison,

    Excellent point about not trying to whittle down the price too much on the labor costs. I have seen nightmare Bathroom repair jobs because the homeowner went with the cheapest labor and then ended up having shoddy work done because the contractors were mad or incompetent about not getting paid a fair wage for their work.

  3. Aug 13, 2010

    Money saving for a new look bathroom in a modern way. best idea for cheaper bathroom equipment.

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