Money Saving Bathroom Remodel Tips… post #2

I thought it would be fun to share the more technical side of this project today and talk you through the layout. After reviewing several different ideas, we decided to eliminate the huge tub area and turn that into the master closet. In order to keep the natural light and the detail of the vaulted ceiling as part of the main bathroom space- we separated the closet off with a partial wall. This allows the light to pour into the bathroom from the skylights, while at the same time hiding the closet clutter. See the drawings below…

New floorplan for master bathroom

New tile pattern for master bathroom

Closet wall elevation

Elevation of the new shower

New electrical plan for master bathroom

Money saving tips to consider while planning your new bathroom:

1. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the same location wherever possible- this will DRASTICALLY cut down on your plumbing bill! In this project- we kept all main plumbing supplies in the same location to help with the budget. When remodeling a bathroom, let the original layout guide you to your new bathroom layout. In most cases, it is better to invest in better plumbing or lighting fixtures than to pour needless money into extra plumbing.

2. Get creative with stocked tile sizes of natural stone. This client loved the look of a white carrera marble, but hated the look of plain 12″x12″ tiles. Her budget did not allow for the smaller hexagons or the special cut brick pattern tiles. 12″x12″ tiles are around $7.00-$11.00 per SF depending on the quality of the stone, while fancy cut carrera ranges from $35.00-$55.00 per SF. To solve this problem, we ordered 12″x12″ tiles and are having our tile installer cut them in half and lay them in a brick pattern. Ta Dah!!! All of the sudden we have a high end look at less than 1/3rd the cost!

3. Install a semi-frameless shower door instead of a completely frameless European glass door. You can use a semi-frameless door with a lower finish grade (we are using chrome in this bathroom) to create the same custom look without the high-end price tag.

4. Use a standard finish on decorative bathroom hardware. The industry has led everyone to believe that oil rubbed bronze hardware= high end. You don’t always need an upgraded hardware finish to create a high-end look! In this space, chrome works beautifully and helps shave hundreds of dollars of the final bill when all is said and done.

5. Install a free-standing vanity, instead of large cabinetry. We are using an open, free-standing piece in this space to create a clean, airy look. This look is refreshing and cost effective at the same time. Bulky cabinet vanities aren’t right for every situation and you should always consider your options before making a final decision. We will add a couple of cute storage bins to the budget that will finish off this light, minimalist look.

Construction starts this weekend on this project!! Check back later to see the lighting and plumbing choices and the space evolve…

Until later,
Erica

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2 Comments

  1. Alyssa Mezsick
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM | Permalink

    Great ideas, Erica! I’ve been looking around your site, this afternoon, and I’m so impressed!

  2. Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    You have some great ideas here Erica. Have you considered using a one piece shower unit at all? They can also help to reduce overall installation cost as well as speed up the overall construction time. Just a thought – keep up the good work!

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