The Bathroom of Your Dreams on a Budget


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The Bathroom of Your Dreams on a Budget

You might think it’s incredibly expensive to undertake an extensive bathroom remodel — and in some cases, you’d be right. But even if you don’t have the money to create an ultra-luxury spa, your bathrooms can still look great, with all the necessary amenities.

Here are some tips to creating the bathroom designs you want without breaking your budget:

Use Less (or Less Expensive) Tile

One of the most effective ways to reduce your budget is reducing how much you use of an expensive material. Nice tile can quickly pile on the costs, especially when it finds its way off of floors and onto shower walls.

A simple solution is just to use less. Look at other design options and see if anything fits your aesthetic the same way tiles did. Additionally, tiles come in a range of prices. You could shop for cheaper ones, or you could compromise and use more expensive ones in visible areas, and relegate cheaper tiles to less visible spots.

On top of this, many people opt to have a professional install their tiles which can drive up the price substantially. While sometimes tedious, DIY tile installation is completely possible with the proper preparation and will be very kind to your budget.

Buy Used or Refinish When Possible

Sometimes we already have the bathroom fixtures we want — we just haven’t realized it yet. Instead of tearing out everything currently in your bathroom, take a close look and see what you might want to save.

Many old porcelain bathtubs, sinks and toilets will benefit enormously from a touch up, and the kits to do so can be quite affordable — especially compared to the cost of buying new.

When refinishing your bathroom fixtures just isn’t possible, try to buy used. Beautiful bathtubs, toilets, sinks and more can be found for a song on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Make sure you shop around for the best budget options before buying brand new (and expensive.)

Go Green and Save

With greater concern for the environment than ever before, companies are offering more and more environmentally friendly appliances and fixtures. As a result, prices have dropped to make them as or more affordable than their conventional counterparts.

It gets even better — not only is buying green affordable and good for the environment, but it also has long term benefits for your budget. Low-flow toilets and showerheads are great for cost-efficiency down the road. Your bathroom remodel may not only be budget friendly now, it could save you money in the long run!


Bathrooms are high-traffic rooms in any home. For a lot of people, this means they’re willing to spend a lot of money to undertake a bathroom remodel. But if you’re inclined to be budget conscious, there’s a lot you can do to make the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.

With a careful allocation of resources, reusing of current pieces, and a mindset for future savings your budget bathroom will be one you can be proud of.

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