Want to save money on your bathroom renovation and keep the "wow" factor? If you’re remodelling and want to create a luxurious bathroom and stick to a budget, the process can be frustrating if you don't know where to start and what to look for. The Reno King has a few tips to share that will turn this arduous task into an easy one that will save you time and money.
1) First, consider your layout. If you can, keep your current layout. Changing bathroom plans adds plumbing costs, which are usually the most expensive part of the job. Also, when you relocate the plumbing, there are additional charges for removal and re-installation of flooring and wall board. If your layout isn't functional, then have one of our specialists pop by to discuss your available options.
2) To save on costs, buy a vanity that is pre-assembled with the granite counter and sink. Your vanity and faucet can end up costing a fortune. The best place to shop for these fully-assembled packages is modernbathrooms.ca, a Port Moody company. Modernbathrooms.ca sells all-inclusive packages that are of superior quality and cost less than those sold at the local big box stores! Everything comes together: vanity, counter, sink, faucet and mirror. Wherever you decide to buy, make sure the items are CUPC Approved or they won't pass inspection. Most sets at modernbathrooms.ca are approved, but a few aren’t, so read the product’s feature descriptions carefully.
Although the big box stores are good for basic shower faucets and towel bars, ebay is even better. However, ensure shower faucets come with a valve, as many don’t and are just trim kits. You can also try eFaucets, especially if you are looking for a more expensive unit.
3) If you decide on a fiberglass/acrylic shower base, which is easier to clean than tile, you will definitely want to buy it online vis Amazon, Next Tag or Ebay.. The price of a 5' x 3' base can be around $500 to $700 if you buy locally. Online stores sells them for HALF that! If you would prefer a tile shower base, then consult with one of our specialists to find out if a custom base or Schluter System would work better for you.
4) If you want to save money on tile work, go to Dollar Tile Distributors in Burnaby. Tile pattern and design can add up quickly, especially if you are using costly material with complicated designs. Dollar Tile’s prices are some of the best, product quality is decent and availability is good.
We always recommend choosing a larger tile (2' x 1') to save costs on labour and time on cleaning. The larger tile also makes for a very attractive visual element. If you want more of a "wow," but you want to keep your expenses down, add a mosaic border around eye level for more impact.
Another tile money-saving tip is to stay away from shower seats, built-in shelves and framed shower entrances. Extra angles, walls and details add to your bill. However, if your budget is secondary, these additions make for a better shower experience.
5) Glass doors can help you lower your bill as well. Shower door kits are available at retail outlets for reasonable prices. Rona has a nice brushed nickel kit for a 5' opening that has 6mm of tempered glass in the 300 dollar range. The glass is solid (not at all flimsy) and slides open. If you're stuck on custom 8mm or 10mm frameless glass then we use one of the best guys in the industry, Rob Sinclair of High End Glass. His prices are reasonable and his quality is 2nd to none.
6) Last, but not least, buy good quality paint. Do not buy paints that claim to save you time with their built-in primers. These paints are low quality and usually require three to four coats to cover properly. General Paint, Cloverdale, ICI and Sherwin Williams all have good paint at good prices. Buy the middle grade or high-end paint, and it will cover in two coats, be easier to clean, take a stronger beating and last longer than the big box store paint. Most of the above-mentioned companies will also give you contractor pricing if you ask, which means the mid-grade paint will cost you the same as the box store paint and give you much better results.
I hope these tips help!
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