Beautiful on a Budget: How To Update Your Bathroom Cost Effectively

Bathrooms are historically one of the most expensive renovations you can tackle – there’s tons of plumbing and fixtures to deal with, more hard surface selections than you probably realize and let’s not forget ventilation, electrical considerations, space constraints and dealing with specialty trades. It’s a big project to undertake with lots of moving parts, tons of decisions and, if we’re being honest, plenty of “opportunity” for investment! And while most of us dream about not having a budget – that’s typically unrealistic, especially if you just bought a house! To help our clients make the most of their budget, we used the below dollar saving strategies to create a bathroom they loved:

Prioritize Your MUST HAVES

Determine what you absolutely need in the new space and make them non-negotiable. For this project, they needed a curbless shower for health reasons, more storage and they wanted to brighten up the space to make getting ready for the day more enjoyable.
Modern bathroom with glass shower and window.
Spacious bathroom with large vanity and block glass windows.
Moving plumbing (i.e. putting the toilet on the other side of the room or adding a bathtub to the closet) is one of the most expensive parts of a bathroom renovation because it often means you have to jackhammer through the slab to move the plumbing to a new spot. When possible, try to use as much of the existing layout as you can. Same goes for your finishes – if there’s a tile in place that you don’t loathe and could be incorporated into a new design, for example, – try to work with it. In this bathroom, we were able to work with the tile in the main part of the bathroom and the vanity was still in good shape.

Update Lesser Expensive Finishes

New plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware are a much less expensive investment than new countertops and cabinets are, for example. Putting your dollars toward those smaller components will help stretch your budget while giving you a current, updated look.
Woman adjusting plant in modern bathroom mirror.
Bronze shower head with hanging greenery in bathroom.

Enhance Existing Elements

Can you add a fresh coat of paint to the old vanity? Maybe add some aftermarket storage hacks to increase your space? Paint the original light fixture? There are lots of ways to bring your old finishes into this era and if you are struggling for ideas, Pinterest can be your best friend! For this project, we painted the vanity and added some much needed storage to otherwise wasted space.

Find Less Expensive Alternatives

In some instances, you know that you’ll have to replace certain elements and a budget friendly way to do that is to find ways to achieve a similar look using a lesser expensive product. In this bathroom, we needed to update the countertop and decided to use a prefabricated quartz (meaning it was already fabricated (cut to standard size) on three sides) to help save some cash while still giving us the same beautiful look a full slab would have cost.

For this project, we incorporated these exact strategies to help our client maximize their budget after having just purchased a new home and were able to create a bathroom that they absolutely loved! The complexity of bathroom remodels can be a bit overwhelming, but Hidden Gem Design Group is dedicated to guiding you through the process and helping you make the best choices for your budget, timeline and experience! If you have any questions or need a little help, leave a reply and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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