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5 Tips for Cutting Costs on Your DIY Bathroom Remodeling Project

Bathroom 690774 1280Our usual blog post is about how we can help you remodel some part of your home. Today we’re going to talk about how you can tackle bathroom remodeling as a DIY project and save on the labor costs. This blog is designed for homeowners with some experience laying tile and doing other DIY home improvements. We wouldn’t recommend taking on a full bathroom remodeling project if you have no home improvement experience at all.

Go Easy on the Tile

Tile gets expensive, especially when you hire someone to install it. It gets expensive for good reason; it’s not a beginner’s job. Properly laying or hanging tile takes a lot of time and attention to detail. Practice laying cheap tile on plywood to get the hang of it before jumping feet first into the remodeling project. If you mess up on scrap, it’s okay. If you mess up on the bathroom, it’ll bug you forever.

Another way to save on tile is to use expensive pieces as accent pieces. Use cheaper tile for the majority of the job, but include some expensive pieces to break up the cheaper pieces and create your own custom designed and tiled bathroom.

How to Save on the Countertop

A lot of homeowners will choose the countertop as their primary splurge item because a small piece of granite is relatively inexpensive. Here are a few ways to save even more on a granite countertop:

  • Choose an unpopular color. Neutral colors are more expensive because they’re more popular. Consider other colors that work now as well as into the future, but don’t cost quite as much.
  • Choose a slab of granite that has a slight imperfection. Slightly damaged or slightly imperfect pieces of granite are usually marked down.

Get Creative with the Vanity

One of the biggest trends in home renovations today is to reuse or repurpose something that wouldn’t normally serve the purpose. For example, a dresser used as a vanity; cut the dresser to fit and cut holes in the back for plumbing. You may need to remove a drawer or two, but the result is often stunning. And the price is, too.

Look for Used Furnishings

Keep an eye out on eBay, Craigslist, and local Facebook yard sale sites. Also, take a quick drive down to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill. You may even find some great deals or ideas on Etsy if you do a quick search for upcycled bathroom items.

Fixtures and Accessories

Fixtures and accessories are finishing touches. They’re what will make your bathroom more functional and stylish. If refinishing or reusing your old fixtures and accessories is out of the question, consider taking on a few more DIY projects. You can create a pretty cool towel rack with PVC pipe and some hardware. And remember that sometimes simplicity is the best option. Plain, simple, white faceplates may be the best economic and stylistic approach for your new bathroom.

Bathroom Remodeling in Chicago

You don’t have to spend a fortune remodeling your home. You can take on a lot as DIY projects. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough experience, take on some smaller DIY projects to test your mettle before deciding to go all out. Or you can just call us and pass the learning curve and headache to us.

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