Recycled Bath Room or Sometimes Not…..
A friend of mine refers to her home at the “Recycled House” because they have repurposed so many things to save money. They wanted a patio but didn’t want to swing the lumber bill so they put out a call for free bricks….many back breaking hours later they were sipping wine on their new patio.
That same thriftiness can be applied to a bathroom remodel. The goal is to freshen the tired room with the least cost. So pick your purchases carefully and plan the work hours even more carefully. When I remodeled my 1966 bathroom all was original except the 1990’s wall paper which was falling off the walls. The cast iron tub was rusting and after some research I discovered it would need to go. There was no sense putting a lot of money into the room only to need to pull the tub 2 years after it was done. The brown toilet liked to use more water in a single flush than most people used in a long hot shower. It to needed to go. I was quickly discovering there was nothing worth saving.
My next step was to find the best price on the big items. We found the tub at Laurel Mountain (that is how I got this job). The toilet came from a local supplier. The sink and faucet both were found online – I searched out coupon codes so I didn’t pay shipping and got a % off! All items were purchased and ready for install – then we got busy and this is how we saved the most. The family wanted a new bathroom – the family would demo and build a new bathroom. Two teenage sons are very good at hauling old drywall and tile out the back door and manning the bon fire to burn the old cabinets. Once the room was down to the stud walls we installed the new drywall and I got to work. An unemployed, newly relocated mother of two can do anything she puts her mind to….even dry wall. I watched a few U-tube videos and I was mudding the wall and doing a lot of sanding to make it perfect…..many hours and much dust later I was painting. I am blessed with a handy husband who built my custom vanity, installed my toilet and with the help of those strong teen boys installed the Laurel Mountain Whirlpool too. For the cost of materials we had our new bathroom. When adding up what subs would have cost us we estimated our savings to be around $3500.
There are some key things to consider to save some money. Start by doing the things you can do well yourself. Demo is a great place to start, just remember if you have to pay someone to fix your mistakes you didn’t save anything. If possible don’t change the footprint of your bathroom. Moving plumbing and electrical can get expensive quickly and often require permits and inspections. Choose your materials carefully. Marble is beautiful but is it really worth the price tag attached to it? Or would Marble tiles give a similar effect without a similar price tag? And if there are pieces in your bathroom that will look fine with a coat of paint or just by receiving new surroundings….Keep them!