DEAL OF THE MONTH
Tub and Shower Re-caulk
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Get rid of that moldy and ugly caulk around the tub or shower. Clear or White caulk included. All other colors must be provided by the homeowner. $150 for the first bathroom and $75 for each additional bathroom. Saturdays & Sundays only

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We are provided every year with an average cost of of a bathroom remodel from various sources. We are also given the percentage of the cost we recoup compared to the value it added to your home.  We must remember these are only averages.  By using some cost saving strategies, we can not only save money but increase the value of the home by 100% or even 110% rather than the latest national average 74.6%.  The following is a list of cost saving ideas on the most popular bathroom upgrades.

  • Granite counter-tops are a must have, but if you stick with an inexpensive granite, it could cost half of that beautiful marble yoou saw in the showroom.  Here’s an additional tip.  Vanities are typically small areas to cover, so head over to your local granite counter top company and ask if they will give you a deal on a remnant left over from a previous job.
  • Under-mount sinks may be expensive in kitchens but you can pick them up for about $100 each for vanities. 
  • Vanity faucets are also inexpensive.  Just buy a nice satin nickel 4″ spread faucet with a simple sleek design.
  • Want the look of a double mirror over the vanity?  You can pick up two 24″x36″ mirrors with beveled edges for about $25 each.
  • There are some ugly vanity cabinets out there.  Replacing them with new ones could cost thousands.  Instead, find a good painter that is experienced in painting cabinets and you will save a bundle giving them a new finish.
  • Don’t forget the cabinet door knobs.  The big box home improvement stores sells them in packs of 10 at a huge discount instead of paying double for buying them individually.
  • Adding all new matching plumbing fixtures from the tub drain, spout, control valve, to the shower head can be pricey, but how about installing  just the rain shower head.  If your handy, it’s a fairly simple DIY project.
  • If the shower is dirty and moldy but the tiles aren’t falling off , spruce them up with re-grouting and re-caulking and it will look like a new shower.
  • Glass doors are a big investment and there is little advice available in that catagory besides stay away of the more expensive frameles glass. Frameless glass is actually a nice upgrade that clearly changes the look and feel of the space and worth the extra money.
  • Inexpensive and stylish vanity lights are a must if you have upgraded the entire vanity area.  That is a great DIY project which will save you a good chunk of money.  Just be sure to put tape over the switches in the off position so nobody walks in and flicks the switch while you are up on a ladder with the bare wires in your hand.
  • And I saved the most important for last, paint!  If the tub and shower are white and you choose to paint your cabinets a light color, it will completely transform the room painting the walls a warm and inviting darker tone.  A gallon of the right color paint will be the best investment toward your bathroom remodeling project.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

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