You know your bathroom needs renovations. After all, it looks like something out of the early 1930's, with just about that much convenience and luxury. It's definitely time to get an update. When you factor in materials, labor, and new décor, there is no doubt that bathroom renovations can wind up costing you a pretty penny. A good contractor is sure to give you advice in this area, but there are ways you can make the most from your remodeling budget and still get the new conveniences you are looking for.
The biggest expense homeowners' face when they decide to have bathroom renovations done is structural. In other words, when the bathroom itself is made larger or the dimensions of the room are changed, you can guarantee that the cost of the project will skyrocket. If at all possible, it is more cost effective to leave the room as it is in terms of size when you can. The same thing applies to removing weight bearing walls. If you absolutely must change the walls for the bathroom you want, have the contractor show you which ones are non-weight bearing walls and change those. The structure of your home and your wallet will thank you.
Another element in bathroom renovations you might be able to save money on is the drywall. It's not uncommon for the entire drywall to need to be replaced. After all, drywall is fairly easily water damaged and most bathrooms are pretty moist places. In some cases, though, it is possible to only replace the damaged sections. Your contractor should be able to tell you if you need total replacement or just partial. If you are still unsure, don't hesitate to call in another professional for a second opinion.
As much as we all want nice things, we also want to save money when we get them. Knowing where you might be able to save a few pennies with your bathroom renovations is just good homeownership skills.
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