Save Money On An Expensive Bathroom Vanity With This Tip From HGTV's Jasmine Roth

When working with a very tight budget on a Season 4 episode of "Help! I Wrecked My House," HGTV's Jasmine Roth expertly identified where she could cut costs so she could still transform her client's home. Two choices that she made were to have a Japandi design style for the living room and to get a prefabricated vanity for the bathroom. By doing this, she successfully achieved nice aesthetics in both spaces while staying within budget. Choosing a prefabricated or ready-made bathroom vanity instead of going the custom route is a great way to slash a budget.

The process of customizing a bathroom vanity is an attractive route for many reasons, like specific design visions or unique space constraints. It allows you to mix and match the materials and sizes of the vanity base, countertop, sink, and hardware to create the exact unit you want. However, this privilege comes with high costs, which is why it's smart to go for a prefab bathroom vanity instead.

Get a prefab unit to cut costs

Prefab vanities are produced in large quantities, ensuring a level of consistency in design and quality. This is a very attractive option to those who want something standard and don't want to put a lot of time and thought into putting the vanity together piece by piece. Coming in a variety of styles, finishes, and sizes, you're sure to find something that fits your design tastes and if it ever becomes damaged or outdated, you can simply replace it with another instead of worrying about getting something custom-made again. Naturally, all this means a smaller price tag.

Because they're mass-produced, prefab vanities save on manufacturing costs and are easy to install. They also save on labor costs because you can DIY even without extensive experience, which is great if you need to construct or renovate a bathroom in a short amount of time. In the episode of "Help! I Wrecked My House," the money Jasmine Roth saved by getting the prefab vanity went into getting flooring. This shows the importance of prioritizing when it comes to budget allocations and putting the money where it can make a bigger impact.

How to make a prefab unit work

A prefab bathroom vanity is an affordable alternative to a custom unit, but it shouldn't be low-quality. Prefabs are available in quality materials like solid wood and plywood, so get what fits your budget and ensure it is made to last. Look beyond the materials used for the vanity base and countertop and make sure smaller parts like the door pulls and sink faucets are also made of quality, durable materials.

After choosing the right vanity, you need to make sure it works in the space. What Jasmine Roth did was design the bathroom for the specific vanity she chose so there would be no problems with the fit. To make it look just right and maybe even like it was customized, plan the unit and the space for each other by finding a vanity that fits right in without looking awkward. Once you have this, you'll be able to design the rest of the bathroom beautifully. Another tip from Jasmine Roth for making a prefab unit work is to add a smaller, custom component if you can in order to add some character. She does this in a different season when she adds a small, custom shelf to the end of the island in a prefab kitchen.