Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

If your bathroom is reminiscent of decades gone by – complete with peeling linoleum and pastel tiles – it’s definitely time to think about changing the look. As you begin the redesign process, keep in mind that bathroom remodeling is a serious undertaking, and costs can quickly escalate if you go in without a plan. Fortunately, there are several places where you can reduce costs and save money when it comes to furnishing your new bathroom, while still creating a beautiful, modern space in which to begin and end your day.

  • Accessories. Little touches make a huge difference, but when it comes to bathroom accessories like cabinet hardware, faucets and showerheads, you don’t have to go all-out right away to get the look you want. There are a lot of attractive and affordable options to tide you over until you’re ready to switch them out for upgraded models. So for now, resist the temptation to splurge on high-end alternatives.
  • Mirrors. There’s no denying that contractor-grade frameless mirrors are a little boring, but hold off on buying an expensive replacement. It’s actually quite easy to add decorative trim yourself, or even find a frame that will fit your existing mirror, both of which can be done at your leisure when you have the extra time and money.
  • Vanities. If you have a creative eye, consider thinking outside the box when it comes to your bathroom vanity. With a little imagination, an old piece of garage sale furniture can be turned into a stunning bathroom vanity for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new one. For the countertop, look into granite remnants, which are pieces left over from big jobs that can often be purchased at a discounted rate.
  • Plumbing fixtures. As labor costs make up 50-75% of your bathroom remodel (assuming you’re contracting out the work to a remodeling company), avoid relocating the sink, toilet and tub/shower if at all possible. Using existing piping can save you up to $5,000 in labor per fixture, so it’s definitely worth the effort to design your remodel around what’s already there.

If you’re planning on doing some remodeling but aren’t quite sure where to start, Callen Construction can help. We have talented design specialists who would love to assist you in creating the bathroom desire. Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 to set up a consultation.



Kitchen Upgrade Ideas

By Paulette Sodemann

Kitchens are where home-cooked meals are shared and memories are made, meaning they should be bright, welcoming, and well-maintained to mesh with the style trends that continuously pop up.

Kitchen Upgrades

Paulette Sodemann, designer with Callen, suggests some ways in which you can upgrade your kitchen. “You don’t have to be extravagant to have a fabulous kitchen,” she said. “Sometimes all you need to upgrade your kitchen is a fresh coat of paint and new accessories to add a pop of color.”

Lighting: “Kitchens should be bright with the combination of natural and overhead lighting,” said Paulette. Adding a pendant light will stylishly illuminate your entire kitchen. The addition of under cabinet lighting will also bathe your countertop in bright light to find your recipes and make it easier to see everything you’re slicing and dicing.

Hardware: “Adding new knobs and pulls to cabinets and drawers is one of the simplest upgrades you can make,” said Paulette. There are countless styles to choose from that will allow you to modernize your kitchen with a simple swap.

Rugs: Most kitchens are adorned with a worn kitchen mat that no one takes a second look at. “Put a twist on the average kitchen mat and add a stylish runner or area rug to your kitchen instead,” she said. “It will add a stylish flare to the floor and feel nice on your bare feet.”

Faucet: Instead of getting a whole new sink, simply change out the faucet. “A new faucet is an easy installation and a fun way to jazz up a kitchen,” Paulette said. Replace an old dripping faucet with a sleek pull-down faucet to transform your kitchen from dingy to dashing.

Cabinetry: “As long as the frames and doors of your cabinets are structurally sound, you can spice them up with some strong cleaner and a new coat of paint,” she said. Whether you decide to paint your kitchen cabinets the same color or a whole new color, it’ll add a new clean look to your kitchen.

Bright Accessories: For a finishing touch, enhance your new upgrades with matching accessories. “New, bright dishtowels, decorative bowls, fresh flowers, new drapes, or fun plates and utensils are easy ways to brighten your kitchen for spring and create a welcoming area for your family and guests,” Paulette said.

Callen’s design specialists have plenty of ideas on how to enhance your kitchen space. Call Callen, the leading remodeling company in Brookfield, for inspiration on how to get started.