Upgrading any part of your Atlanta home can come with a steep price tag attached—but it doesn't have to. Bathroom renovations on a budget are increasingly common and more accessible than ever, no matter the level of updates you want. Whether you’re looking to update your shower, tub, sink, or toilet, or going for a complete overhaul to add a new, modern look and feel to your bathroom, there are ways to do it on a budget. Here’s how.
Explore Your Options
This may sound like a no-brainer, but taking the time to really explore which options are available to you can save you significant sums when it comes to renovations. While you want to choose quality products, that doesn’t mean that all expensive materials and fixtures are worth the price; there are plenty of affordable, quality alternatives to some of the pricier options out there.
Countertops can be one of the most expensive aspects of renovating a bathroom. Many people spend serious amounts on marble and other high-end materials. While these types of countertops are certainly elegant and sturdy, there are other quality options available. Engineered stone is a popular and affordable alternative.
Similarly, wood countertops are a popular (but often expensive) choice. But don’t worry: there are some alternatives that still evoke the elegance and natural feel of wood. Laminate countertops are a great alternative. They offer the classic look of wood at a much more budget-friendly price.
When you’re planning a bathroom renovation on a budget, it’s important to think about what will have the most impact, and which updates are the most important to you. For many homeowners planning their upgrades, tile installation isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s an important part to consider.
When you’re planning, ask yourself if you really need tile on both the floor and inside the shower. By sticking only to the floor, you’ll save quite a bit. This also gives you the opportunity to add a contrasting option in the shower, as well as approach different options for your bathroom floor. By tiling only a section or path on the floor to create an accent or artistic approach, you can cut costs by quite a bit, depending on which option you choose.
Update, Don’t Replace
It’s often tempting to completely replace each and every piece of our bathrooms when we’re remodeling. There are certainly times when this is appropriate, but for many homeowners, updating or redoing some fixtures and elements not only saves them money, but the headaches that come with trying to find all new pieces that complement each other.
This is especially valuable when it comes to your shower or tub. Replacing either can be one of the more expensive parts of upgrading your bathroom. Rather, ask your home renovation contractor to inspect your tub or shower and see if a high-quality relining is possible. It usually is, and you can then reallocate the savings to upgrading other fixtures.
While relining the tub or shower is a smart move, it’s often best to replace the sink, faucet, and other shower fixtures, as new fixtures may be cheaper than refinishing them. However, if you have several classic or vintage fixtures that you don’t want to replace, your contractor can help you understand your options and may be able to help you save when it comes to either updating or replacing.
Trust Elite Construction & Renovations with Your Next Project
We’ve helped Atlantans find the right renovation solutions for their home upgrade needs, saving them significantly in the process, and we can do the same for you. Reach out to us today to learn more about our construction and renovation services and to get started on your budget-friendly home renovation project.