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Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to remodel a bathroom for under $10,000. If you have been watching home improvement shows, you might be tempted to believe that you need a hefty bank account to be able to design and update your bathroom to really make it into the bathroom you have always dreamed of having, but with a little thinking outside the box and a whole lot of hard work and determination, you can remodel your bathroom on a budget and come out with a room you will be proud to show off to friends and family.

First, you’re going to need to sit down and go over your budget to see what you can afford to spend on a bathroom remodel. If you can spend several thousand dollars, you may be able to replace flooring, tile or your sink, toilet or bathtub. With a lower budget, you could possibly do some cosmetic updates with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, new sink or tub fixtures and other small improvements. It really doesn’t take an extreme amount of money to remodel a bathroom. If you plan to handle the work on your own, you can save a great deal of money when you only need to buy material and not pay for labor.

For some bathroom remodel work, you should call a licensed contractor unless you are experienced with the task at hand. As is noted on the sheltonroofing.com information guide, installing a skylight in the ceiling may be something you would call a professional roofer to install for you. Retiling a shower or installing a new bathtub or spa would be best installed by a licensed plumber or general contractor. Even when you need to hire a pro to handle some of the work, there are many ways you can save money and keep your budget as low as possible.

Here are a few tips on maintaining a low budget with a bathroom remodel:

Be Your Own Design Team

People often hire a designer to determine what should go in the new bathroom. That’s perfect if you can spend that kind of money. Let’s think about this though. It’s your bathroom and it should be designed in a way that will ensure you feel comfortable. Do you really need to hire a designer? Save some money and handle it on your own.

Be Your Own Design Team

Painting

Painting is one of the top ways to freshen up any room in the house including the bathroom. Adding a whole new color scheme can change the entire appearance and feel of a bathroom. Painting is also one of the least expensive ways to update a bathroom. Since this is the bathroom, be sure to buy top quality paint so it doesn’t peel or mildew from the moisture in the room.

Flooring

Flooring can be very expensive to purchase and even a small bathroom can take an excessive amount of money if you want to purchase new tile flooring. To save money with flooring, check out linoleum or inexpensive linoleum tiles that will stick to the floor. They are cheap and can change the overall appearance of a floor quickly. They are also easy to apply. You can also check with your local hardware store to see if they have any linoleum that was cut and not purchased or that has been returned. Hardware stores will often sell returns at a fraction of the original cost.

Countertops

Countertops

Granite countertops are not cheap at all and if you want to replace yours with new countertops for your sink or vanity area, check for flawed countertops when you are shopping for materials. You can also try to think outside the box and opt for colors that are not high on the list of popularity, so you can find them for a lower price. Have an old dresser sitting in the garage? Refashion it into a sink! All you need to do is cut the top out to fit the sink inside, secure the sink in place and then run the plumbing through the back of the dresser to connect the water lines to the sink. Once that is finished, you can refurbish the wood, paint it or leave it as is to have a trendy new sink, and one that didn’t cost a fortune.

Tub and Sink Caulk

A simple update to do around your tub and sink is to simply clean them and then add new caulk in place of the old caulk. Caulk will begin to look discolored or mildewed over time, so freshening it up and brighten up the whole bathroom.

Tub and Sink Caulk

Fixtures

A great way to handle a bathroom remodel on a budget is to not only repaint the wall but replace the fixtures. From towel racks to toilet paper dispensers and sink and tub handles, taking out the old and updating with something nicer can really make a difference in how your bathroom looks.

Be Thrifty

Check your local thrift stores for bathroom items including sinks, bathtubs and even toilets. It may sound odd, but thrift stores can be a great source for finding used fixtures as well as your tub or toilet at reduced prices. You can also find deals on budget décor, mirrors, cabinets, shelving and other items you can use to remodel the bathroom.

A bathroom remodel can run as high as $25,000 for an upscale remodel, but keep in mind that there are always ways to save money and still have a great bathroom when you finish the work. Whether you do the work on your own or you hire someone, be sure to plan the remodel in advance, prepare for delays or mishaps and be realistic with the budget you have.