- Refinish: Refinishing what is already there is less costly in terms of materials and labor than complete replacement. Bathtubs, counter tops, and even tiles, can be refinished. Feel free to paint your floor tiles, as one creative DIY-er chose to do as part of her renovation. A vanity can look brand new with just a faucet replacement. Acrylic or porcelain over steel tubs are a fraction of the cost of replacing your tub, and faster. A water-saver type of new toilet is not only inexpensive, it will both reduce your water use costs and help the environment.
- Choose the right paint color: For small rooms or bathrooms without good-size windows, a light colored paint will make your room feel more spacious. Large, window-lit spaces can be painted in darker, cozier colors. Be sure to use a paint that is formulated for bathroom use and resists mold and mildew.
- Use domestic and less costly materials: No longer do we need to rely on expensive, imported marble flooring to make this space feel comfortable. As reported in HGTV, there are several good flooring options for bathrooms, with advantages and cautions for each one. Consider using domestically manufactured tiles for the bathtub or shower area, which are less costly than many imports. Add a large mirror and new, brighter lighting to make the room feel larger.
Even those who prefer the DIY route may need to turn to an experienced hand for support. And relying on an experienced, dependable contractor may increase the return on your investment in the long run.
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