Bathroom Remodel – 8 Tips To Go From Drab to Fab

Bathroom Remodel

Whether you have just moved into your new home, or you have been settled in for a few years, you may be considering a remodel or renovation to increase your homes value. One room a lot of homeowners look to renovate is the bathroom. According to, expanding an existing 35-square foot bathroom to 100 square feet; updating the tub, shower, vanity, fixtures, tile and lighting can cost anywhere from ten thousand to twenty thousand dollars. This is a sizable investment when you consider this may only increase your resale value by approximately the same amount.

The good news is, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to give your bathroom the refresh it needs. In this post we will take a look at the 8 things you can do to turn your bathroom from drab to fab!

1. Stick to a Plan

It is important to first understand what you’d like to change before embarking on a bathroom remodel.  Once you identify the changes, be clear on a budget. Do your homework and comparison-shop for items like bathtubs and vanities, as these items can be costly. Next, determine how much of the work you can do yourself and how much of the remodel will require a professional. Choosing the right contractor is vital, as it will likely save you from costly corrective procedures down the road. Once you have a clear plan in place, determine your timeline. Be sure to allow yourself some wiggle room as most remodels run into a snag or two before completion.

2. Choose your Tiles Wisely

Replacing the tiles both inside your shower and on your floor can  get expensive. Consider replacing one or the other instead of both to cut down on your costs. If you have fallen in love with an expensive tile design, consider using the expensive tiles as accents rather than the entire design. It will save you money, and make the design stand out.

3. Consider Different Countertop Colors

The most popular countertop colors are neutrals, making them more expensive. Take time to look at other color options for significant savings. If you are determined to have granite countertops, look for granite slabs with imperfections. Look for a slab where the imperfection is in the sink or faucet area so it will not be noticeable.

4. Do Not Underestimate the Power of Paint

Paint is always a cheap option to give a space a new look. It will take patience to paint around all of the parts in your bathroom, so be sure to leave enough time for prep and don’t rush through the job. High-quality paints with a satin finish are the best choice for bathrooms and will help to keep mold and mildew from developing.

5. Little Details Make a Big Difference

Changing your fixtures is a simple way to update your bathroom and can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space. Light fixtures, faucets, towel racks and even cabinetry fixtures can all be inexpensive to replace if you’re on a budget. Don’t be afraid to mix up the design and use different finishes or mix and match styles. These touches can really make a bathroom your own, but be sure the space is cohesive with the other rooms in your home so it doesn’t look out of place.

6. Don’t Overlook the Caulk and Grout

Messy grout and caulk can make the freshest remodel look sloppy. Pay close attention to the clean up as its much easier to clean up before it dries and hardens.  We recommend using an old toothbrush and mild bleach solution before adding new lines of caulk. You will be surprised by the clean and crisp difference it will make.

7.  Buy Used When You Can

Everything in your bathroom does not need to be new. Look for vintage or lightly used pieces to add a personal and unique touch to your bathroom without breaking the bank. With patience, the pieces and accessories you can find to spruce up your bathroom will surprise you. Hit up garage sales and antique shops, you’d be surprised by what you can find.

8. Remember the Environment

Depending on the parts of your bathroom you choose to remodel, keep the environment in mind. Look into options such as low-flow toilets, sinks, and shower heads. These will help you conserve water and save money. Investing a bit more up front for energy efficient items will not only save you money in the long run but will also help to reduce your environmental footprint.


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities is the best in the business. Our plumbers have the necessary experience to guarantee your satisfaction with every plumbing repair job. The Punctual Plumbers strive to provide the highest level of competence, unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and consideration with every service call. For more information on Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Like this post? Share it! Share on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Leave a Reply