Get a new look and stay on budget
If you plan your design, shop smart and invest some sweat equity, you can have a $25,000 bathroom remodel for a fraction of the price. Don’t believe us? Well, we updated this bathroom with new wall and floor tile, a new vanity and top, and new plumbing fixtures. Then we framed the mirror and added glass shelves above the toilet, all for less than $3,000. And we did it all with materials purchased at home centers. For this article, we worked with kitchen and bath designer extraordinaire Lori Jo Krengel. The following tips feature Lori Jo’s advice for dramatic bathroom improvements that are easy on the wallet. Lori Jo Krengel is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and the president of Kitchens by Krengel, Inc., an award-winning design firm in St. Paul. Lori Jo combines style and function to create bathrooms that meet specific budgets. She recommends consulting a designer before remodeling a bathroom to avoid common mistakes. Expect to pay $100 to $125 for a one-hour meeting.
1. Use extended light fixtures over medicine cabinets
Light fixtures that sit close to the wall won’t cast adequate light over a medicine cabinet. Installing a light fixture with a long neck is an easy solution. Buy one that places the light bulb above and in front of the mirror. Cost: $20 and up