If you have been thinking about upgrading or remodeling your bathroom, we have a few tips to help you get the most out of your remodel.  At Sun Plumbing here in Melbourne, FL, we help a lot of customers update the plumbing fixtures in their bathroom when they are ready to remodel. Upgrading bathrooms can get very expensive and you may feel like your flushing money down the drain. However, with a cost-effective plan, an efficient plumber, and some of our handy tips below – you can save money on the remodel, enjoy a fresh new bathroom and increase the value of your home. It’s a win/win all around!

Create a plan and a budget and stick to it.

Before you make the first phone call to a contractor or plumber, sit down and decide what you absolutely must have in your bathroom upgrade. Do you need more space in your bathroom? Can you maintain any of your plumbing fixtures? Do you need to move plumbing, electrical or walls? The more you can decide up front, the more you will save in the long run. Look for plumbing fixtures, get a sense of what items you like will cost. This infogram from NerdWallet offers a great breakdown of how much you should allocate to each category. Once you define your budget stick to it. Pick alternative fixtures. Look at less expensive tile options. You can make your bathroom look amazing without fancy marble or a high-tech bathtub.

Try to keep plumbing where it is.

You may be tempted to tear down walls and move all your Palm Bay plumbing fixtures around, but if the layout of your bathroom is functional, it may be best to skip this step and spend more of your budget on nice fixtures and upgrades. Some older bathrooms are cramped for space while others have a lot of wasted space, in this case, you may want to focus on optimizing the floor plan. Call a designer or check out these bathroom floor plan ideas. A well-designed modern bathroom will increase the value of your home, so it may be worth considering.

Update, don’t replace.

If you find yourself needing to spend more money on plumbing and replacing leaky pipes or plumbing fixtures consider other ways you can save on the bathroom remodel. Maybe you can refinish your cabinets, add a decorative frame to the basic mirror or resurface your bathtub. It’s amazing how much of difference you can make by resurfacing and updating existing cabinets and fixtures. This is the best way to stretch your budget while transforming your bathroom.

Check out a salvage yard.

You’d be surprised what you can find by going to antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and auctions. At first, you may be intimidated, but with a little vision, you will be surprised at the things you can find on a budget.  For a very small investment, you can create an expensive customized appearance in your bathroom. An old piece of furniture could become a signature vanity. Or, you may be able to find unique lighting fixtures and mirrors. When you put it into a new bathroom, with new plumbing fixtures and tiles, you will create a signature bathroom that will be the envy of all your friends! Still don’t believe you can pull this off? Check out these 20 Upcycled and One-of-a-Kind Bathroom Vanities.

Even on a tight budget, you can remodel your bathroom if you get creative. Upgrading your bathroom will not only add value to your home but make your day-to-day living so much more enjoyable. Our team of certified Brevard County plumbers can help you tackle the project. Find out more about how we can help guide you through the process.