More On the Big Space, Small Budget Conundrum (Part II)
September 29, 2014 / Stephanie Radebaugh

The biggest mistake many homeowners make when renovating a large bathroom on a budget is going with the most affordable option on everything. Prioritizing (see Part I) and being smart about the little things that can really add up, generally leaves some room for one or two indulgent items. Here are few more ideas related to this:

If you love to soak, go for bathtub gold
You’ve got the space for a soaking tub or a whirlpool bath, but is it out of reach with  a smaller budget? Not at all. Many older bathrooms have really shallow, narrow tubs, but an upgrade to a soaking tub can be be a simple solution and cost as little as $800 plus installation. If you love nothing more than a warm bubble bath at the end of long day, spring for it, because isn’t the whole idea of a remodel to make your space more enjoyable.

Often large bathrooms have a lot of built-in cabinets; it’s a boon until you go to update them. Instead of replacing everything, consult a cabinet maker about making simple new doors and then paint them yourself. Or, if you’re more organized with your towels and toiletries than I am, remove the doors altogether and paint the interiors a contrasting color.

Doorless shower
Speaking of doorless, a modern shower door can be surprisingly expensive. When mapping out a new bathroom design, explore the idea of going without. Just make sure your bathroom heater works really well, so you don’t get chilled by the doorless design.

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Keep the extras in check
Light fixtures, faucets, towel racks, new shower curtains, drawer pulls: these all add up and more so in a large bathroom. Be careful not to go overboard with any of them. That said, I’d personally make an exception for a really great shower curtain; it adds more to the overall aesthetic than a $300 faucet.