Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget
By Jeanette Joy Fisher
Can't Remodel Your
Bathroom all at Once? Try Doing it in Stages
Remodeling a bathroom is high on
many homeowners' lists, but the amount of money it can
cost can be daunting. However, if you plan carefully,
shop hard, and work in stages, a bathroom upgrade won't
break your budget.
Remodeling the bathroom is one of the most often tackled
projects when it comes to updating a home, but it can
get to be quite a spendy endeavor. If you're one of
those folks who are looking to remodel the bathroom in
your home but are put off by the price tag, consider
remodeling in stages.
First, decide what you want to improve. It's easy to
say, "Everything!" but if you're on a limited budget,
you may want to narrow it down a little. If you're going
to remodel in stages, you'll need to decide what it is
that bothers you most about the way your bathroom looks
or functions--and the answer may surprise you.
Make a list of the things you want to upgrade, in no
particular order, and why they bother you. Then, when
you've completed your list, assign a number from one to
ten to each item, with ten bothering you the most, nine
the second most, and so on. Only one number can be
assigned to any given complaint.
|Now you have quantified
what bothers you most, and can concentrate on that
one item. Once you've done that, start shopping
for a new version of whatever that item may be. If
it's a new sink, for example, visit your local
home improvement store and start familiarizing
yourself with what’s available as a replacement.
You'll want to get a feel for your tastes, and how
those tastes will ultimately fit into your budget.
That can be especially important when it comes to
fixtures that you want to match, such as toilet,
tub, and sink, for instance. If you want
everything to be the same style, you'll need to
price everything, to see if the entire package is
within your means.
Stone Sinks dress up
any bathroom! (And, they cost
less than you may think!)
If you conclude that everything
in the bathroom is a ten and you can't decide which item
to replace first, think about redoing the floor first.
Just changing the look of the floor can make a huge
difference in the way the entire bathroom looks. It's
entirely possible that once the new floor has been
installed, you may decide that everything else wasn't
really so bad, after all. It's also a relatively easy
do-it-yourself project, so you'll be able to gain
confidence in your ability in the process.
Remodeling a bathroom is high on many homeowners' lists,
but the amount of money it can cost can be daunting.
However, if you plan carefully, shop hard, and work in
stages, a bathroom upgrade won't break your budget.
Copyright 2006 Jeanette J.
(We're remodeling our bathroom with a stone
vessel sink! Check back to see pictures.)
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