While we recommend leaving kitchen cabinetry to the pros, it’s possible to DIY this project. There are some easy DIY upgrades you can do to your existing cabinetry to make it beautiful, without a completely new installation. Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a great way to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune or risking the structure of your cabinetry.

First, look at BIY (Buy It Yourself and then have a professional contractor install). Mention to your contractor you’d like to buy some supplies yourself. This can reduce material cost markups. With this strategy, however, I will caution you. Most mid to large sized contractors will tell you to go ‘pound salt.’ They won’t let you BIY because they want to control the materials used and their schedule. Smaller remodeling contractors are more likely to go along with your goal to save a few bucks here.
Learning which items to spend your money on goes hand-in-hand with making a realistic budget and determining a sensible scope of work. The earlier you can make this determination, the more likely you will stay on track with costs. Think about which items you will use most frequently, as these are products that might be worth the higher price-tag. If you're on a tight budget, you might want to save on cosmetic finishings, as these items can be easily changed with time.
That’s a great point to design with the future in mind, especially for people who are looking to put their home up for sale within the next few years. We are actually doing a renovation so that our home will be worth more when we sell, so that tip is for us. I think we might try consulting with a bathroom remodel specialist because they would know what trends are here to stay for the next few years—at least long enough for us to sell our home. Thanks for the info!
Thanks for talking about the small details like air circulation in bathrooms. I never knew that you have to plan things like the mirrors around circulation, but now that I know that, I definitely want to get a professional remodeling contractor to do it for us. They would know what to look for and be able to do it well, so I’ll just leave it up to them! The air circulation in our bathroom right now is not very good, so that’s something I’d like to fix in our remodel.
For something so disproportionately small in the bathroom’s grand scheme of things, fixtures and hardware are so important for providing that chic finishing touch on the entire space. And, truly, the cost is not that much for such a major impact. In fact, if you did nothing more than replace an old sink faucet, your entire bathroom would look significantly better.
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For something so disproportionately small in the bathroom’s grand scheme of things, fixtures and hardware are so important for providing that chic finishing touch on the entire space. And, truly, the cost is not that much for such a major impact. In fact, if you did nothing more than replace an old sink faucet, your entire bathroom would look significantly better.
Traditionally, the bathroom is comprised of a variety of key components, such as the toilet, sink, shower, and tub. In other words, the bathroom is one of the easiest places in your home to break down into bits and pieces. This makes for an ideal DIY opportunity – you can tackle the projects you’re most comfortable with, which ultimately cuts down on your bathroom remodel cost, and then you can leave the other parts to a professional.
I like that you talked about how you can consider choosing glass doors for tubs and showers to make your bathroom space appear bigger and to open up the room. My husband and I are looking to remodel our bathroom. Since we have a small bathroom, it will make sense for us to think of the ways that can effectively make it look bigger and open which can be possible by choosing glass materials. With that being said, I will make sure to consider all your tips for bathroom remodeling. Thanks!
Example 1 – Reinforced acrylic shower pans – The shower base is the foundation of your shower. If it fails, you’re SOL. I’m guessing you know what that means – big bucks to replace EVERYTHING! So, get a base which is built to last without spending too much. One product I’d look at are reinforced acrylic shower pans. While they’re cost-effective, the acrylic is formed over an MDF (Multi-Density Fiberboard) core ensuring it won’t break down (or crack) on you.

Second, look where you can DIY (Do It Yourself). If you’re not super-handy but are willing to get dirty look to demo your own space. In addition, if you’ve got basic woodworking tools you can also install your own shower wall panels which look like tile, but without the maintenance hassle. Leave the ‘heavy-duty’ stuff to the pros (plumbing, electrical and lighting are good examples).
Want to save some big bucks remodeling your bathroom? Consider refinishing existing items such as your bathtub, shower, sink or tile. With refinishing, you’ll only pay a small fraction (as little as 10 percent) of the cost of replacement. Your bathroom won’t be torn up for weeks, you'll avoid the big renovation mess and you’ve put one less big ol’ tub in the landfill
Idea 2 – The ‘No Tile, Tile Shower’ Wall Panels – Since these shower panels come in modular sizes (which are clicked, locked and sealed together) you can use the same 6 panel 2’ x 8’ x 3/8” shower wall kit (which looks like tile, but blows up the nasty grout joint) and make either a standard 60” x 36” shower or a custom 63” x 35” shower, for example. Once again, a standard product works for a custom size without extra bucks from you.
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