Jillian BrinkmanJillian Brinkman, Mosby Building Arts Designer

When considering a bathroom remodel, selecting fixtures and finishes within your budget is the key to a successful project. For this exercise, I chose a look for a bathroom and selected key items to create that look at two different price points.

Can you guess which selection board has the modest budget vs. the lavish budget?

one bathroom two budgets

At first glance, both boards look similar. This demonstrates that there are plenty of options available in every price range, so the size of your budget need not be a concern to reaching your aesthetic goal.

Now, let’s break down the prices on each board to get the answer.


low budget bathroom selections

A. Lavatory Faucet – Brizo Odin, $488.00
B. Pedestal Sink – American Standard Evolution 24”, $206.00
C. Lighting – Bellacor Savoy House Fairfield Sconce, $218.00
D. Mirror – Bellacor Tarek Silver, $162.80
E. Paint – Sherwin-Williams Watery in Zero VOC interior latex, $20.00 a gal.
F. Tile – The Tile Shop Blast Taupe Porcelain, $7.00 a s.f.
STARTING PRICE:  $1,101.80


high budget bathroom selections

A. Lavatory Faucet – Kallista One, $695.00
B. Pedestal Sink – Kohler Parigi, $867.75
C. Lighting – Shades of Light Modern Clear Schoolhouse Sconce, $479.00
D. Mirror – Uttermost Alshon, $297.00
E. Paint – Farrow & Ball No. 82 Dix Blue in Modern Emulsion, $99.00 a gal.
F. Tile – Anne Sacks Ontario in Cream Porcelain, $17.34 a s.f.
STARTING PRICE:  $3,556.89

For each group of selections, the starting price goes up depending on how much paint and tile is required for the size of the bathroom. But this does illustrate the differences in price depending on which vendors you choose.

See larger detail shots of each bathroom selection on this Pinterest board.

One of the beauties of setting your materials budget in advance is that you can mix and match low- and high-end selections to get to the same look. For instance, if the materials budget for this bathroom is set at $7,000, I could use everything on the Modest Budget board except splurge a bit by using the porcelain tile from the Lavish Budget board.

By juggling the items and the amounts, I can stay within a fixed price range without sacrificing style. This is one of the eternal fascinations with designing, and why I especially love the design parameters of a bathroom remodel.

If you’d like me to work my One Bathroom Two Budgets magic on your next bathroom remodel, reach me at Mosby Building Arts by calling 314.909.1800 or contact me here.