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The after shot of the bathroom.
Liesa Cole

How I Saved Money

I met with my contractor at the beginning of this project to make sure that I could really pull off a $3,500 renovation. He came up with a few money-saving tips that proved invaluable in the long run.

Take Advantage: The doorway threshold was 1/4 inch higher than the original floor, so we decided to lay the new tile on top of the old. This saved money in both the demolition of old tile and installation of the new.

Be Handy: We cut the shower door frame to match a standard shower door size instead of ordering a custom-made door.

Get Creative: We covered an entire bathroom wall with a custom-cut piece of glass. It made the room look much bigger and was surprisingly cheaper than buying a smaller, already framed mirror.

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