5 Ways to Save Money during a Bathroom Renovation

Remodeling your bathroom is a really exciting time and it’s great to think of all the possibilities there are for this space, but if you have ever done any other home renovation projects you know that the budget can quickly get out of control. There are ways you can save money while completing this remodel but at the same time make sure your new bathroom is exactly how you want it to be.

Make a Plan Ahead of Time

This may sound like it’s obvious, but having a plan for what you’re going to spend and where you’re spending it. If you know you can realistically only afford to replace the sink or the vanity and not both then decide which one you want to do and stick to that. Over time you can always add in pieces that you couldn’t do at the outset.

Don’t Move the Plumbing

If you want to completely rearrange your bathroom it’s going to cost you, big time! Moving plumbing fixtures often requires cutting into drywall and then you will have to replace the drywall. You might also run into problems when you start removing the layers from your bathroom such as mold or rot. Keep the sink and tub or shower where they are and simply replace the fixtures with high-end versions.  If you are adamant on moving the plumbing, call a plumbing contractor to do the job for you, they have the knowledge and expertise in this field.  It will save you much headache and money by bringing in a pro.

Make Your Own Mirror Frame

Purchasing a hanging mirror with a frame can get pricey and really drive the budget renovation up, so instead of buying a new mirror you can purchase the material to make a frame and put it around the mirror you already have. This will freshen up the bathroom instantly and re-purpose something you already have.

 Upgrade the Toilet, Kind Of

Instead of buying a whole new toilet, you could just replace the seat and lid. By doing this your toilet will have a fresh look, and you will save on the cost to have a plumber come and install the new one plus any disposal fees for getting rid of the old one.

Look for Alternatives

A tub surround made completely of tile looks gorgeous, but it will definitely require a huge budget to complete. You can still achieve this look, but it doesn’t mean you have to select tile as the material you use. There are many alternatives to tile that, in some cases, will actually stand up to a bathroom use much better over time and are easier to maintain. You don’t have to make this decision right away, either. Take some time and research the options, and the pros and cons of each one to make sure you are making the best choice for your lifestyle.

Remodeling any room in your home is a really great experience, especially if you are completing the project yourself. However, when it comes to picking out colors and fixtures the budget can very quickly sky rocket out of control. It doesn’t have to though, by making a plan and sticking to it you can ensure your bathroom renovation cost is exactly what you’re comfortable with. Don’t forget that you can add pieces over time, so if you can’t afford to do it all right now then you can make a list of things you want to change and complete them along the way. If you want to increase your budget, and can do so, to accommodate the renovation you want then it might be easier to do it all at once but don’t feel like you can’t do this project just because you have a budget you need to stick to.

Why You Should Try Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

Open shelving is a trend that has been up and coming for quite a while, and it doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing down. While this concept is not for everyone, nor will it work for every space, you might want to consider this option if you’re looking to renovate your kitchen and you want the space to have a much more modern feel. Here are some more reasons why you should at least consider having open shelving in your kitchen in the near future.

It’s Really Flexible

It might not seem like it, really, but this kind of shelving is actually something that you can work on as you go. You could turn a couple compartments of your current storage into open shelving while leaving doors on the rest just to see how you feel about it. And if it’s for you, then you can easily convert the remainder of the space.

It Forces You to Keep Things Neat

If you are like most of us in that we kind of shove things into cupboards using that out of sight, out of mind mentality then this kind of storage means you can’t do that. It forces you to keep things really neat, and you are committing to not having a lot of junk laying around.

It Shows Off Your Collections

If you are a collector of dishes or antiques of any kind then open shelving is a great option for show them off. You didn’t spend all the time collecting everything, so why hide them? Be proud of your collections and show them off by upgrading to open shelving.

It’s Very Budget Friendly

Kitchen renovations can often become very expensive, and if you are replacing your cabinetry you will likely experience a very large jump in cost. Open shelving isn’t really cabinetry, so it’s much cheaper to install. It’s also an option if you know eventually you want to have expensive cabinets but can’t quite afford it now, so you can install opening shelving now and save up for the luxury you ultimately want.

It’s Convenient

If you enjoy entertaining or hosting parties then you will appreciate this style of storage since you will be able to see all of your dishes and be able to grab exactly what you need without much searching.

Open shelving will give any kitchen a much more modern feel, and it’s ideal for all sizes of kitchen. You can put your special dishes on display and show off those collections. This type of shelving isn’t an all or nothing type either: you can easily mix and match open shelving with traditional cabinets and then convert your entire kitchen to an open shelving look over time. Opening shelving will add a modern feel to your kitchen, and it can be completed for a small budget.

7 Items You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Clean in a Washing Machine

Washing machines are known to help with cleaning clothes, and making the laundry process easier and less time consuming, but there are some neat things you can wash in a washing machine that you probably didn’t know about.

Stuffed Toys

Toys will get dirty, and stuffed toys will accumulate dirt and grime faster than any other kind of toy out there. These toys will change colour with the dirt and will no longer look like the loveable toy your children once played with. You can wash these toys in the washing machine and they will come out looking brand new again.

Pillows

We sleep on our pillows every night, and they are exposed to the oils and dirt of our skin all the time so why wouldn’t we wash them? Make sure, though, when you wash your pillows that you wash them with the covers so that the machine maintains balance.

Running Shoes

Sneakers can easily become really dirty due to all the use they see, but the best way to get them looking brand new is by washing them in the washing machine. As with pillows, make sure you wash them with other items so that the machine stays balanced.

Curtains

Window coverings are a hard thing to wash, but they still need to be cleaned just like all other fabric items in your home. Curtains can easily be thrown into the wash and get rid of the stains, pet hair and other random dander so they look brand new again.

Bath Mats

Due to where bath mats live in your home they are prone to mold and mildew build up, so it is important to wash them regularly. Since they are heavier material make sure you wash them with other items, too, so that your machine isn’t off center and it doesn’t cause any issues with the drum.

Shower Curtain

Most shower curtains are plastic but they can still become smelly and stained over time, so throw it into the washing machine and clean it every month or so. Due to the material they’re made out of they will dry easily, so once the wash cycle is over you can just hang them up to dry before putting it back on the curtain rod.

Lego

Yes, the toy. Your kids love playing with this kind of toy, but it will easily accumulate dirt and grime, so by throwing the toys in a washing machine safe bag and the pieces will be clean and ready to use by your children again.

Your washing machine is meant to clean your laundry, but there’s a lot more you can wash in this machine that you don’t have to do by hand anymore. You can keep your entire house clean and spend less time doing it by washing these everyday items in your washing machine instead of by hand.