Bathroom Remodel: Tips for Planning Your Budget

Bathroom Remodel Budget

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Bathroom remodeling budgets may seem like a mystery. Budget is the “B” word of remodeling. In last week’s installment, I talked about three key questions you need to ask yourself before starting a bathroom remodel. This week, I want to talk about planning your bathroom budget and thinking about where you might want to save a little money and where you might want to splurge. I’m going to give you some great tips on ways to save on your remodel, as well.

Vanities & Storage

The vanity and countertop are the workhorse of the bathroom. You are going to spend the most amount of time at your vanity, compared to the other areas of your bathroom. Therefore, it’s very important you plan for plenty of storage and counter space. Beyond that, the vanity, backsplash, and countertop can really add a lot of style to your bathroom. I recommend selecting one of these three and making it your focal point.

To keep your vanity looking timeless, you shouldn’t combine highly decorative cabinets, highly decorative hardware, high-movement counters, and a busy tile backsplash. Try picking one or two to bring some visual interest, but remember to keep the look timeless.


There are many ways you can save money with the vanity. I like using ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets for vanities in a bathroom remodel. As it seems, RTA cabinets require assembly, but if you’ve ever put together a piece of Ikea furniture, you can handle RTA cabinets. Several companies sell RTA cabinets and they vary in quality, so make sure you look for quality indicators such as plywood construction, dovetail drawers, and solid wood doors.

Countertops are another way to save on your bathroom remodel. That’s right, you can actually save a little by choosing remnant slabs of granite, marble, or quartz. As long as you aren’t stuck on the idea of one specific color or style, you can easily find a slab to fit a vanity because vanities are not very big.

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This vanity is an RTA vanity. Bar style pulls add a lot of style to the otherwise basic gray shaker.


Counters are also a way to splurge. I’m not the biggest fan of marble in the kitchen, but I say “go for it” in the bath! Vanities are the perfect place to display a beautiful marble counter surface!

Lighting is another vanity splurge in a bathroom remodel. Nothing makes a vanity look more beautiful than a pair (or 3) of sconces. Unless you already have sconces, this will require re-wiring the lights. Sconces also create a more even distribution of light across your face, making shaving and make-up application much easier.

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This beautiful sconce will add a lot of style to a coastal style bathroom.



Keeping your bathroom renovation simple by using a 3″x6″ white subway tile or a 4″x4″ white tile can save you a ton of money. These tile types can be as inexpensive as $1-2/square foot. You can use them alone for a classic look or pair them with a mosaic or accent tile for some interest.


There are so many ways to splurge on tile! One of my favorite splurges is glass tile mosaic in the shower surround. There’s something so pretty and shimmery about small mosaic tiles.

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Before and after bathroom update. We saved some on the shower surround by using subway tile in combination with a glass mosaic.



You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a toilet. Even Kohler makes a basic water efficient model for about $100. Just make sure you stick to basics to conserve your bathroom budget. You will never regret a white toilet! I know so many who have regretted colored toilets!


One word. Toto. The Japanese toilet maker makes the best toilets in the world. If you have the opportunity to use a Toto toilet/bidet combo with a seat warmer and music, you will wonder how you ever lived with out one. You’ll wonder how you’ll ever be able to potty like an American again! Have no fear, Toto sells toilets in the US market. They even have a toilet seat converter kit you can buy and add on to most standard toilets.

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An incredibly beautiful and well-designed Toto toilet.

There are probably a million other ways to splurge and save on your next bathroom project, but these are some of my favorites! Hope they give you some great ideas for your next project.

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