Reports have consistently ranked the bathroom as the most popular home renovation project, and with good reason. This space allows you to seclude yourself with no distractions; yet, the number of fixed design elements crowded into the tiny room increases the risk for dirt and clutter, which causes it to look outdated relatively fast.
The average bathroom renovation costs tens of thousands of dollars, but there are ways to upgrade this space for far less. Here are a few ideas to upgrade your bathroom on a budget:
- Save on countertopsGranite countertops have become increasingly popular. As a result, the more common colour choices such as brown, tan, and light beige tend to be more expensive than other colours. So, experiment with a wider swath of colours for stone slabs, or simply go for a tiled countertop that is more affordable and easier to install for DIYers.
- Update fixturesLook for little things you can update for a fairly small investment, such as the light fixtures, drawer pulls, sink taps, and towel racks, among others. You can even add a frame to your existing mirror or simply add some rustic accents around your bathroom. For instance, you can use a vintage step ladder in the place of your towel rack.
- Get a new vanity cabinetConsider getting stock or semi-custom cabinetry from a local kitchen-and-bath retailer or a big-box store of your choice. You can get a bargain by opting to buy undelivered or damaged orders. If your current cabinet is still in good condition, you may choose to replace just the top. Depending on your budget, you can buy a granite vanity top with in-built undermounted sink with one or two bowls.
- Apply some paintRepainting is probably your cheapest and most effective way to give your bathroom a fresh look on a budget, though it will take a bit of time and effort because you need to carefully paint around the sink, tub or shower, windows, toilet, mirror, switch plates, floor, and wall corners. You will also need painter’s tape to protect different surfaces. Additionally, you should invest in special bathroom paint that is resistant to temperature and humidity changes to help resist the growth of mold.
- Refresh caulk and groutWhen the caulk and grout gets grimy, it can be pretty unsightly. You can add sparkle by simply cleaning it and adding straight lines of caulk around the sink and tub.
Lastly, you may choose to increase the lighting in your bathroom. Simply installing the right bulbs in the right places, like pendants and chandeliers, can add style to a bathroom with a tall ceiling. Make sure to use the correct UL listing for installing lights in a wet zone. At Dunpar Homes, we take this all into consideration throughout our building process. Contact us today for more tips and information!