Bathroom renovations without having to sell a kidney…

I recently polled my friends to ask them what they would like to read about in this blog, and one of their ideas was “How to remodel a bathroom without having to sell a kidney!” And so begins this week’s topic!

There’s not much better in the scope of home remodeling than seeing a really nicely done bathroom. It’s a great way to add value to a home, and it certainly IS possible to do without selling a kidney.

One way to keep the costs down is to scour good ole Craigslist or eBay for bathroom items and fixtures. You can score some great deals, especially on antique pedestal sinks, and vanity hardware etc, that someone else might have pulled out of an old house they’re remodeling – possibly even some great tiles that can be recycled. Sure, some things might need some TLC and prep to breathe life into them again before they’re installed into your bathroom, but some items just can’t be bought at the box stores anymore.

Another great place are thrift stores, goodwill stores, and locally here on Central Coast California we have Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore shops, where renovators (such as myself) donate perfectly good items we’ve pulled out of houses we’re remodeling; vanities, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, light fixtures, even kitchen cabinets, kitchen counters, appliances, doors – you name it, you can usually find it there. Often the items are discarded simply because they don’t match the new look we’re aiming for in the house – but they might just be the look you’re after. I imagine there are similar stores in your local area too.

If you’re not into looking for and bringing home used items, then you can usually find really nice looking yet inexpensive items at your local hardware store, or big box hardware store, or of course there is always online.

And although you can often save a good chunk of money by doing all the work yourself, unless you’re an experienced person of the trades, I would recommend hiring someone to do it for you. You can definitely tell when someone has remodeled a bathroom themselves, and they didn’t really know what they were doing – and it kind of defeats the purpose. Plus, when it comes to tiling a shower, for example, you want to make sure all the waterproofing is done correctly otherwise it can lead to all sorts of moisture-related damage issues that are expensive to get fixed.

It’s also amazing how much better a bathroom will look with just a new coat of paint, some new faucets, a new mirror and a new shower curtain – all relatively cheap, and also work that you can do yourself without it looking like you did it yourself.


01-creative-remodelPageburn Properties, LLC is a Residential Redevelopment company that helps improve local neighborhood home values by buying, renovating and reselling homes in San Luis Obispo County, California. If you or someone you know needs to sell a house that needs a little love, please head to our website to contact us, and get some free information!


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