Everyone longs for a spa-like bathroom–one where you can escape from the world while you pamper and primp. Renovating a bathroom in New York City poses unique challenges, though. You’re often dealing with limited or awkward spaces, not to mention odd setups. Many old tenement buildings had the bathtub in the kitchen! Assuming you have a dedicated bathroom that you want to make your own, there are several tips that can help you achieve the sanctuary setting on a budget that doesn’t defeat the purpose.
Here are 7 Tips to optimize your bathroom renovation budget.
- Don’t Cut Corners on the Contractor If you find a contractor that gives you a quote that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Details such as uneven tile and sloppy grout lines will stand out like a sore thumb.
- Splurge on Fixtures and Fittings These are the components that will bear the brunt of wear and tear, so investing in solid parts upfront will save you in the long run. Take a look at affordable lines by premium brands, and consider a multi-function or rain showerhead to emulate the spa experience.
- Update the Tub An old 14-inch deep tub that barely gets your body wet hardly spells luxury. A modern, deep tub that holds a high water level will be not only a source for r&r, but the focal point of your bathroom. If a new tub isn’t in the cards, consider resurfacing your cast iron tub. It will be a fraction of the price and looks like new.
- Be Vain About Your Vanity Your vanity is easily the most-used item in the room, so buying cheap will show up with cabinets that aren’t flush, materials that don’t hold up, and ultimately poor longevity. Especially for the challenges of NYC bathroom spaces, going custom with your vanity is often a good choice.
- Separate the Shower Provided you have the room, install a separate shower with a frameless glass door. The glass makes the space seem larger and more modern. Do: install two showerheads if you have the space. Don’t: bother with a steam shower. Poor installation and lack of maintenance can cause major headaches.
- Install Insets or even a shower bench. Surfaces to hold toiletries can be hard to come by, and caddies tend to look a little cluttered. The same applies to opting for a medicine cabinet above the vanity for more storage. Photo Natalia Lorca Ruiz
- Save on Surfaces The experts’ opinion? Save money on the tiles. With prices that range between $1 per square foot to $15 per square foot, this is a good place to cut costs. There are many economical options that still have a rich look and feel. In addition, you can use accents to increase the lux look without covering your whole bathroom in marble, for example.
Other items that experts say are the best places to cut costs are on affordable toilets, LED lighting, and accessories. Keep those parts simple!