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David, My wife and I are considering remodeling our master bathroom. We are on a fixed income, so our resources are somewhat limited—but intend on living in our home for a long time. What are some areas that we can make some compromises to fit everything into our budget? Thanks, Randy

Randy,

You are on the right track. At AKB, understanding our customer’s intentions and priorities are paramount in order for us to make the most appropriate recommendations for materials and products.

Unlike kitchens, where a sizable portion of cost often goes to cabinetry, the proportion of costs in bathrooms varies for each application. However, keep in mind the different elements that you’ll be considering in your remodel budget:

  • Plumbing
  • Fixtures and Faucets
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets and Storage
  • Labor

Since you intend on living in your home for a long time and are on a fixed income, I would suggest an area that not be compromised is Fixtures and Faucets.

There are a wide range of fixtures and faucets available, with considerable differences in price and quality. Less expensive options commonly have cheaper components, like plastic valves that could fail or break within five years, or so. Whereas, higher quality faucets and fixtures will have parts made of brass (or other durable and stable materials) with components that can be replaced of something does happen to fail.

Additionally, quality craftsmanship and plumbing are areas that should never be compromised, especially considering your intentions.

With lighting, flooring, and storage there is some flexibility, and at AKB we strive to help you find the right balance of unique design, quality and price so your new bathroom is everything you dreamed of and within your budget.

Thanks Randy,

David

If you have any questions about your specific situation or project, just leave it in the comments below.

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July 31, 2009

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