Renovating the Bathroom on a Decent Budget: A Few Ideas to Consider

Bathroom renovations are expensive, but they do not have to be ridiculously so. A big part of what ramps up the cost is controllable, provided that you know how to approach it.

It would be impossible to suggest a universal plan, but there are certain ideas that almost any homeowner can work with to bring down unnecessary costs. Let’s go through some of those next.

Reduce Unnecessary Renovations: Carry Out a Basic Maintenance Project First


A small bathroom maintenance project can help you eliminate some of the expenses you may deem essential right now.

For example, a partial drain clog is easy to ignore, as it does not close off the drainage system immediately, but only slows it down. If action is not taken in time, the following outcomes are inevitable:

  1. Multiple partial blockages will create small pockets of gunk with their own small pools of dirty water.
  2. Those partial blocks will gather debris at an increasing rate until some of them almost completely clog the drain.
  3. The stagnant, festering, foul-smelling pools of water will start to attract pests such as drain flies, drain fly maggots, silverfish, cockroaches, etc.
  4. Dirty water filled with germs, parasites, and insects will often spill back out on the bathroom floor or the tub.
  5. Stagnant water will begin to seep inside the surrounding surfaces.
  6. This will lead to constant dampness and rapid growth of mold.

In the end, the homeowner will find their bathroom in need of pest control, mold removal, drain cleaning, wall renovations, and decontamination, etc. all at once!

They may not even fully realize what led to all of this. If the clogs are addressed soon enough, water will drain quickly as it should, and every problem will disappear soon after.

Without the stagnant, foul-smelling water, dampness in your walls will evaporate, leaving the bathroom inhospitable for mold growth. Drain flies and other pests will have no reason to stick around either if there is no pooling water or moisture for them to thrive and breed in.

Wait for too long to act though, and the same problems will grow too big for any homeowner to handle on their own.

People are often amazed by how much of the renovation work feels unnecessary once they take care of the root problems. Anyone can learn how to clean bathroom sink drain systems by going through TubShroom’s guide to using a drain snake.

After learning how to clean bathroom sink drainpipes and prevent future blockages, go through some of their other DIY bathroom and kitchen maintenance resources. TubShroom also sells hair catchers, which can help prevent blockages.

Most of us are not trained to handle the heavy work, but we can still reduce the need for unnecessary expenses by handling the lighter jobs. Some of these repair/maintenance jobs are surprisingly easy to learn, even if you have no prior experience.

Plan First, Budget Later


When a bathroom has drainage issues, we cannot possibly consider putting in new brass fixtures first. Similarly, if there are cracked tiles with crevices on the bathroom floors, they must be replaced before putting in a brand-new bathtub.

The idea is that repairs must be prioritized over upgrades, depending on the bathroom’s condition. If you predetermine a budget and then try to fit in as many things as you can in the plan, one of two things will happen.

  1. You will have to increase your budget to fit the plan anyway if that is even an option.


  1. The bathroom will look and feel incomplete in both function and décor.

It is much more practical to first create a plan where essential renovations are given precedence over optional upgrades. Once you are sure that all the important repairs have been covered in the plan, a budget can then be built on top of that.

Calculate the Minimum Cost Approximate

The minimum cost approximate is an estimated, minimum expense budget for the project. This will only include the cost of necessary renovations.

In case you find your maximum reserves to be short of the minimum cost approximate, shrink the project down further by checking off repair jobs that are lower on the priority list.

As an alternative, you can also take each item on the list, one at a time. Never start anything that you do not yet have the funds to complete. It usually costs more, in the long run, to tackle one problem at a time, but it is still a much better approach than overextending yourself financially.

On the other hand, if you still have room to expand the budget beyond the minimum, start adding upgrades to the bathroom renovation plan.

Keep going until you have just about reached the maximum financial limit but leave some wiggle room for added expenses as these are only estimates.

Consider Cost-Effective Remodeling Options


Each new addition or upgrade should provide functional, long-term value in respect to its cost. Cheap items are unlikely to be cost-effective in most cases, as they don’t last long.

Just go through the following quick suggestions that can help you in making those cost-effective choices.

Brass Fixtures: Faucets, for instance, are very expensive, and yet, they are considered to be cost-effective options as they look wonderful, last longer than steel fixtures, and are highly suitable for areas with hard water.

Tubs – Clean the stains off, get it refinished or fixed. Unclog the drain and put in a drain catcher to keep hair out of the bathtub. Try to avoid buying a new bathtub for as long as your present one can be refinished and reused.

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Prefab Showers – Traditional tile showers have that aesthetic touch to them, and no prefabricated shower can match the artistic appeal of the customized bathroom space. However, prefabs cost less, and they too will last for a long time to come.

Paint Your Own Bathroom – It may require watching a few YouTube videos and some random practice to perfect your house painting craft, but painting a bathroom wall is one of the easiest DIY projects to get started with.

Bathrooms and kitchens have the least amount of wall space available for painting, so this is also a good opportunity for beginners to gain some initial experience.

Let the Artist Out – Keep in mind that this one is only applicable if you know how to paint (art), and you are actually good at it. Artists can use their aesthetic sense and talent to paint a mural on their biggest bathroom wall.

Alternatively, you can hire an artist to paint the mural for you in waterproof colors. It is cheaper to buy a wallpaper mural of course, but the wallpaper in a bathroom may not be the best idea!

Depending on the particular state you currently reside in, there are legal limits to what you can and cannot do by yourself (DIY) without the appropriate permits and licenses.

Get to know your state laws and complete some of the work by yourself, but only within those legal parameters. Provided that you do know a thing or two about bathroom renovations, you can save quite a bit on labor costs.

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