How to Get the Bathroom You Want Without Breaking the Bank


People have a lot of reasons for redesigning their bathrooms. A modern bathroom is an inspiring place to pass one’s time. But an old broken down bathroom isn’t a place you want to spend any time at all. You may want to improve your bathroom for your own enjoyment. You also may want to modernize your bathroom in order to appeal to a higher bidding buyer or renter. Or you may be doing it for some reason of your own that I am not aware of. Whatever your reasons, creating a modern bathroom from whatever you have now is a great way to spend your money. You are very likely to get nearly all of your money in the form of equity. Even if you don’t, you’ll still have the enjoyment that comes from having a really nice bathroom, as will the people who occupy the house after you leave. If you are getting ready to initiate a bathroom remodel, you probably want to see that your money goes as far as possible. In the interest of this effort, here are some suggestions I have about getting a modern bathroom without spending all of the money that you have.


  • Focus on What Matters. You may not be able to afford your first choice for every material and fixture in the whole bathroom. When renovating bathrooms of my own, I have from time to time had to set aside the most beautiful, expensive tile that was my first choice in favor of something a little more forward. In its place, I’ll usually spend that extra money to make my shower more attractive. The shower is something that will catch the eye of your future buyers, much more so than all but the most impressive tilework. A shower is also something you and yours will enjoy very much. As it is a selling point for the house as well as generally useful, this is an example of a place where I wouldn’t feel bad putting my money.
  • Know When to Buy New. Not every item in your bathroom needs to be brand new. But some items will be a lot better new than used. Exceptions can be almost anything. If you have a salvage store in your area, you may be able to find great used bath vanities, sinks, even tubs. You can also find storage cabinets and fixtures of all types. but you may not be able to find the right colors of dimensions for inclusion in the modern bathroom in your modern home. If there are some items that just won’t work used, don’t feel bad about buying them new. Splurging once or twice is much cheaper than splurging on the whole bathroom, and you’ll save yourself a lot of money doing it this way.
  • Go Classic Over Trendy. Sometimes trends just don’t have a very long shelf life. If you are considering buying all new items, make sure that the design is very tasteful. Sometimes you can get classic looks that are made new, for cheaper than the trendiest things on the market. If your bathroom looks just as good in 5 years as it does now, you won’t have to pay any extra money then to have it redone because it went out of style quickly. To this end, I recommend clawfoot tubs, subway tile, and other elements that will look great even after a decade. If I’m going to go without my bathroom for weeks or months while it gets redone, I want to make sure that I don’t have to pay to do that job again in just a couple of years.

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