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Budget Bathroom Remodel
Do you have an older home? We do. Our house was built in the sixties. And like almost all home that were built around that time, we had some dated features that came with the home.
Now, I’m not complaining. We have hardwood floors in all rooms except the kitchen and the den. And they were all covered by carpets. So they were in pretty good shape. But when I removed the carpet from the stairs I got a surprise. A previous owner had installed vinyl on the stair tread. The vinyl was supposed to look like the stairs had marble treads.
It wasn’t successful in doing that. Then when the carpet went over, the carpet installer seems to have had OCD. Trust me, there are few things in this world that are worse than an OCD carpet installer and a staple gun. Every step had at least 80- to 100 staples that I had to remove. It was not fun. But this is not what this blog post is about. It’s about a bath remodel on the cheap.
Back to the bath remodel
Most homes built in this time period had some, let’s call it interesting colors. You may have seen them. I’m talking harvest gold, avocado, robins egg blue and pink. We had the blue in the master bath, pink in the family bath and harvest gold in the powder room. Let’s just say that these are not today’s designer colors.
So how do you change this and stay within a budget?
First let’s look at the fixtures in a typical bathroom. We have a sink, toilet and tub. We also have a tub surround which is usually a similar color as the tub. And let’s not forget the tiles on the floor.
When you purchase new fixtures, remember this. The manufacturers turn out millions of sinks, toilets and tubs that are white, and considerably less in other colors. You’ll save a bundle if you go with white. And that’s not a bad idea, because it does put forth a clean, sterile look.
Let’s start with the sink.
Remove the old sink, take it to a plumbing supply store, not a home improvement center. Ask them for a direct replacement in white. This way, the new sink fits the existing counter top, and the plumbing lines up with no changes. Just buy a new toilet, don’t mess with the old one. Now, the tub. The last thing you want to do is replace a tub. Have someone who specializes in re-glazing tubs come in. They just paint the tub with a special paint. Again, white is less expensive. As to the tile surround, they can also re-glaze the tiles. Or have a 1 or 3 piece plastic surround installed. Hint – if you go with a surround, have a plumber change the diverter before installing the surround. Then decide if you can live with the old floor or have new tile installed.
By following these ideas you should be able to give a bathroom an entire new look with a budget bathroom remodel..
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Art Reiman – Realtor