Top 7 Ways to Save on Your Bathroom Remodel!

Bathroom remodeling is fun and exciting but it can get out of control if you're not on guard against the common pitfalls.

In this article you are going to learn about the top 7 ways to save money on your bathroom remodel in San Diego!

  1. Speak with real-life contractors
  2. Maintain the existing layout
  3. Refinish, don't replace
  4. Choose LVP over tile flooring
  5. Replace the tub/shower combo with a shower only
  6. Leave him alone - don't offer to help
  7. Purchase prefab instead of custom materials

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the TOP 7 things you can do or not do to save money!

1. Speak With Real-Life Contractors

First of all, you should know that there are websites that try to act as brokers for contractors, but they can't.

Secondly, they claim to know what bathrooms cost, but they can't tell you about something they don't do!

One nationally known website lists a "national average" for bathrooms as $6,000 to $15,000 which is hilarious if you know anything about remodeling. 

Avoid this confusion and only get ballpark estimates from real contractors who employ professionals. You'll be so happy you did!

2. Maintain the Existing Layout

First idea: you move the toilet, that's major plumbing modification.

Second idea: if you move the shower or bathtub, that's going to require a major plumbing modification.

Third idea: when you move framing and add or remove a wall, you're looking at additional design, permitting and labor fees. 

Fourth idea: If you stick with a cosmetic "gut and replace" then you'll minimized those extras and walk away with a lower contract price.

Take It From Our Happy Customers

"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

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3. Refinish, Don't replace

If you're seeking how you can be thrifty down to the few hundred dollars, then you might consider refacing instead of replacing your single or double sink vanity. 

There are several options (at least three) if you decide to refinish your vanity. Call today to ask about these options and to schedule your free consultation!

Honestly though, if you go to right now, you can find single sink vanities starting under $500 and double sink vanities starting at about $1000. If it were our home, we'd get a new one one, but that's just us.

4. Choose LVP Over Tile Flooring

Yes, in construction time is money. Saving on labor is less "visible" than changing the look of your finish materials but it may have a significant impact on the bottom line. 

Many home owners' favorite way to save labor has been to choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring over tile. The benefits:

  1. Warmer to walk on barefoot
  2. 100% Waterproof material
  3. Durable & scratch resistant 
  4. Creates a warmer look than tile
  5. Installation of LVP is usually much less expensive than tile

There you have it! Check out high quality LVP flooring and create a warm contrast to your bright, clean new tiled shower!

6. Replace the Tub/Shower Combo with a Shower Only.

Small freestanding tubs are sometimes used to replace the old, giant built-in tubs that we're ripping out every week nowadays.

But a fair number of families are choosing to forego the tub altogether and enjoy an expanded shower footprint.

Check out our gallery at to see our latest tub/shower combo conversions.

7. Leave Them Alone - Don't Offer to Help

An experienced licensed contractor will not need assistance or help from a client or their friends and family. 

But more than that, an experienced contractor will have established relationships that actually save you money because they have learned how to work with one another quickly, communicate efficiently, and complete work before you can call your cousin John the plumber to see if his bid is lower. 

Hire the team you want. Then let them and only them complete your project. 

To check out the bathroom remodeling prep article on Houzz!

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  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

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We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

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