So you have the world’s ugliest bathroom and you can afford to gut it down to the studs and start all over again. That’s okay you can still renovate the bathroom without breaking the bank. Bathroom renovations can vary in price from $5,000 all the way to $25,000, you need to manage your expectations going into this project. Don’t be discouraged you can still have a fabulous bathroom for under $5,000, let’s show you how to get that done.
Design it Yourself
There are tons and tons of websites out there that will help you design your dream bathroom. All you need to do is plugin your measurements and play around with the software to find a bathroom that works for you. You can experiment with color and design until you have something you’re satisfied with. If you use the software from Lowes or Home Depot you can get prices for the material at the same time. Not hiring a designer can save you a fortune!
Find the Right Contractor
This is both the most important and the most complicated part of your whole renovation. Hiring a contractor you can work with is complicated enough. That being said a good contractor will happy if you know exactly what you want and where to find the materials. It saves both of you a ton of stress and you can get your project done and over with much quicker! Now back to finding the right contractor here is some help in finding the best contractor.
While you can do a lot of this online you still want to go into stores to check the pricing. Building supply stores will often have ready to go bathrooms and kitchens completely set up in their showrooms. If you have checked out some magazines and know what you want ahead of time it will make getting prices that much easier. Smaller and local businesses may have specials or the ability to negotiate that you just can’t get from shopping online.
Some places will only sell to contractors so you may have to bring one with you to pick out your new bathroom. This isn’t a bad thing, your contractor visits these places every day and can help you select material that is of good quality and durability. Specialized stores have sales people that work strictly with kitchen and bathroom renovations so you will find them a bit more knowledgeable than the staff at Home Depot.
Take the time to do your research and play around with designs that you like, you can renovate the bathroom without breaking the bank.