Helpful Tips for the DIY Home Renovator – Remodeling a Bathroom

Have a Plan Before You Start

Working with a designer or architect may seem like a pricey move right out of the gate for someone wanting to remodel their bathroom on a budget, but it is money well spent. Having a plan you’ve worked out with a professional will assure you that your design, budget and timeline are realistic, and it will give you a goal with a path to get there. Hiring a designer saves you time and money in the long run, so you don’t make expensive errors.

Keep Plumbing Where It Is

Labor Cost EstimatorAnother reason to work with a designer on your bathroom renovation: Using the existing piping will save you big bucks. Relocating utilities like the toilet and the bathtub are no small task. It generally costs about $5,000 each time you move plumbing fixtures.

Mirror Frame-Up

Dress up that builder-grade mirror with a fantastic frame, and at a fraction of the price of sourcing a huge hanging mirror. A frame will also hide any age-related wear. Adding a frame around your mirror will hide the flaking that can happen around the edges, and to give it a more updated look.

Don’t Toss Money Down the Toilet — Update It

When remodeling your bathroom, consider replacing your toilet seat and lid instead of tossing out the whole porcelain perch. Just changing out these two tops can give your toilet a fresh look without buying a new unit, which saves you plumber installation fees, too.

Alternatives to Tile

The bath doesn’t have to have tile to the ceiling. Consider alternatives like reclaimed wood panels, board and batten, or bead board as high-end looking tile replacements. Wood requires more maintenance, but also gives off a much warmer, comforting vibe than tile.

What would a bathroom remodel cost?

Costs are all across the board. Many factors come into play when embarking upon a bathroom renovation. Costs will depend on the part of the country you live in, supply and demand of both materials and labor, and if you use a contractor or do the work yourself.

Is there anything like a low cost residential construction cost estimator for Do It Yourself?

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Contributions and excerpts from articles written by decorator Karen Gray Plaisted and designers Meredith Marlow and Justin Riordan

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