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HGTV Ways to Save Money Remodeling a Bath

By August 6, 2015September 28th, 20182 Comments

How exciting, I was featured in an HGTV article! They had asked me if I had any advice for their viewers on how to save money when remodeling a bathroom. After many years of helping clients save money doing updates and remodeling projects, this was a familiar territory!

HGTV liked my suggestions to help homeowners in the process of remodeling to save money. One suggestion was to add a decorative frame around a large bathroom mirror that is becoming de-glazed around the edges. This not only saves money but updates the look of the bathroom. A homeowner can have a frame made or purchase one from a company similar to Mirror Mates. It hides the imperfections of the mirror, costs less than replacing a big mirror, and updates the look of a bathroom. This particular client did the frame but also updated lighting fixtures and faucets which changed the whole look of a dated bathroom, to one that was updated and refreshed with these touches and a fresh coat of paint.


When remodeling a bath sometimes you feel like the expenses are never going to end. To save in the budget you decide to cut one of the more expensive options. Unfortunately, that might not be the best decision to make if you are going for that new “wow” factor.

If you have a limited budget for a bath remodel consider one “wow” feature.  Clients of mine wanted a new and “impressive” bath but did not have the budget. Painting out the cabinets, getting new hardware helped update the bath. Then I suggested spending the majority of the budget on a piece of granite that they loved. They did, we found inexpensive sinks and fixtures online and updated the old look to one that was new and more in line with what they were hoping for.

The HGTV article has other excellent tips for saving money during a bathroom remodel. The suggestions can also be applied to other remodel project throughout your home. When remodeling consider what will give you the impact for the money. If you are unsure, not feeling creative or secure enough in your updates, contact a decorator in your area. If you are not an expert in this area your budget will be well spent on receiving professional advice and direction.


Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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