You always hear, "a kitchen and a bathroom sells a house". I'm never moving ever again, but the point is, I wanted my master bathroom to be the show stopping marble and white bathrooms of Pinterest but at a fraction of the cost.
The biggest cost savings in our bathroom was using a polished ceramic tile in lieu of marble. I had actually never seen a ceramic achieve the look I was going for, so I was thrilled when I came across this polished version.
We also opted for the semi-frameless shower in lieu of the completely frameless. This saved us around $2,000 and I honestly don't think you can tell much of a difference.
Finally, we added the shiplap on the back end and ended up going with an MDF "fake" shiplap in lieu of the real thing. The reasoning for this was two-fold:
1. It was more cost effective.
2. When adding shiplap post construction, there is a lot more work involved in removing trim, door casings, etc., to make the shiplap flush with the existing trim in the space. This achieved the look I wanted without an excessive amount of work/cost.
*I've seen MDF look cheap and not good. Make sure you have a contractor who can show you examples of their work using this material. I've had no issues with warping, etc., and you would never know it's not the real deal.
I hope these tips help you achieve a bright and breezy farmhouse bathroom while saving a bit along the way!
Floor & Shower Wall Tile: Interceramic 5th Avenue Polished Ceramic Tile (12x24)
Shower Floor Tile: Interceramic 5th Avenue Polished Mosaic Ceramic Tile (2x4)
Grout Color: Platinum
Countertops: LG Viatera Willow White Quartz
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