Tuesday, May 15, 2018

master bathroom remodel for less than $5500

When Jon and I set out to remodel our bathroom, our budget was $5000. A contractor we spoke with told us that was a lofty goal for all we wanted to do, but we had added up a lot of the materials costs and were pretty confident we could keep it around that price point if we did a lot of the work ourselves.

We removed tile, wallpaper, and the mirror, vanity, towel bars, and toilet ourselves.

Our contractor took out the old shower, repaired the sub floor, replaced the exhaust light/fan, updated the plumbing, moved electrical from the ceiling to the wall, patched drywall/ceiling, skimmed the drywall, installed the new shower, and altered our vanity so it would fit where we needed it to from a plumbing standpoint.

To finish it off, Jon and I painted everything--ceiling, walls and trim. Jon laid the floors. We cut and installed the trim. Jon hooked up the vanity, sink faucet and toilet. We hung the mirror, cabinet, and towel bar. Eventually I will replace the door knob but I'm not in any hurry to do that.

So how did we do?! Between materials and the contractor's cost, we came out to $5419.36. That doesn't include any cash back I got by buying discounted gift cards through Swagbucks and shopping online for store pick-up via Ebates and Swagbucks. I'm guessing between the cashback on those two methods I saved at least another $100 or so.

Here are the main ways we saved money:
-doing a lot of the demo / finishing work ourselves 
-buying store coupons on Ebay. I got Lowe's coupons for a few dollars but gave me 10% off.. on a $500-$1000 order that makes a huge difference!
-using Ebates and Swagbucks to get cash back on the materials we needed
-buying discounted gift cards to the stores we needed from Swagbucks and Retailmenot

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