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Bathroom renovations could easily eat up your savings. According to real estate experts, a complete bathroom overhaul would cost an average of $ 50,000.00. Apparently, not everyone has that kind of money stashed in the bank – and if you do – you might be saving it for a trip to Europe or keeping it as a nest egg. Fortunately, there is such a thing as smart purchasing or shall we say, remodelling.

With this approach, you can upgrade your drab bathroom without getting a loan or taking out your savings.

The trick here is to keep your options and mind open. Setting your sights on a luxurious spa-like bathroom isn’t the height of frivolity but going overboard is. As with any home renovation project, balance and planning are essential.

It helps to draw up a rough floor plan and to list down the materials that you will need. Also, look at available furniture or accessories you have around the house or bathroom. Who knows, you might have some hidden treasure there.

Now for the tips:

Stick with the layout.

Major demolitions would take more time and require changes in the plumbing and electrical work. This would eat up most of your budget already.

Brighten up the walls.

There are a number of ways to do this but your main tool is paint. You do not have to be a professional designer to know that paint can easily change the look of any room. Paint is inexpensive, easy to use, and very reliable. A fresh coat of paint can make a tired, old bathroom come alive again.

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Likewise, lovely wall decals or stick and peel vinyl tiles can boost or enhance the atmosphere that you are attempting to create. What’s wonderful about these stick-ons is that they can be removed when you grow weary of them.

Spend on what’s important.

By important, we mean the hardware that makes up the bathroom. Check to see if any plumbing needs to be replaced, then splurge on quality material that’s guaranteed to last for years. Often, homeowners would skimp on vital plumbing parts not realizing that going for cheaper but less reliable materials could lead to further work later on. Lighting is also important. If fixtures are dated, have them replaced.

Don’t Get Carried Away by Eye Candy.

Glass tiles, natural stones, or even metal tiles for example may be hard to resist. You’ve seen them on home magazines and designers can’t get enough of them but they can be quite expensive compared with the typical ceramic or porcelain tile. If you must, then use them as accents or as a vanity backsplash. Smaller spaces would require less of these premium tiles plus, think of the kind of impact you’ll make with this bold, focal point.

Upcycle, Recyle, and Refurbish.

For accessories, you can always try your hand at recycling/refurbishing old pieces. Think of this exercise as a neat way to boost your creativity while also sparing the planet of more rubbish.

Consider Cabinet Refacing.

Don’t tear down your bathroom cabinets if they are still structurally sound. Instead, upgrade it to match the new look through cabinet refacing. The cost of refacing is only half the cost of installing a new cabinet. That’s great savings, yes?

Hire Professionals When Needed.

You can tackle a large portion of this home remodeling project DIY but for other aspects such as electricity or plumbing should be handled by contractors. Prioritize safety; these professionals know how to handle the intricate network of cables and pipes.