Affordable Bathroom Renovations: When You’ve Got Big Space and a Small Budget, Part I
September 5, 2014 / Mansfield

I’m a big proponent smaller living spaces and the concept of building up instead of out, but we don’t all have small spaces. A lot of people are still living in larger homes from the 70s and 80s that are in need of updates, which can be very costly.

A nice-size bathroom is dreamy until you start trying to bring it into the current century. Those marbled counters that run the length of your galley-style bathroom are pricey to replace. And tiling a large space? I don’t even have to tell you about that.

Here are things to keep in mind when you have a big bathroom to remodel and a conservative budget:

Simple materials can be elegant

There’s nothing wrong with traditional ceramic tile. Look at this bathroom. It’s lovely, and there’s no need for Italian glass to make it that way.

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This goes without saying in any remodeling project, really. If you have a thing for granite counters, then put it at the top of your list and know that you’re going to need to be conservative with the flooring and tile. Maybe you want pricey mosaic tile in your shower and decide to trade in the custom cabinets and counters. Just be very clear about what matters before you get out your credit card.

Does everything really have to go?

If there’s something in your old bathroom that’s still in good shape, consider keeping it. For instance, we have some vintage avocado tile in our bath that I’ve recently decided to keep and pair with colorful Spanish tile on a small section of floor. It will be a statement, and it will also save around $700 or so.

Stay Tuned for more tips in Part II.