Towel rings, towel bars, toilet paper holders — these items comprise bathroom hardware. They run the gamut from on price range and, unfortunately, the budget our builder alloted isn't close to what we need. When we got the bottom-end bid from our general contractor's recommended hardware supplier, the bid was more than twice what we had in the budget.

Don't get me wrong. I love looking for bargains. But I'd sure rather be searching for low prices to allow us to use some remaining funds for a cool house addition, rather than just so we don't go over budget — again. The story's getting really old.

Anyway, when I saw the budget, I began searching for better prices on what we needed. I was looking for something with clean, simple lines. If possible, I wanted one design that came in both brushed nickel and chrome, to match the various plumbing surfaces. And we wanted a single bar toilet paper holder that was less likely to get broken or have missing pieces than other styles.

The Elements collection is clean and simple — and priced right for an underbid custom home budget. We got them all from Amazon. They were all eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime, although they (oddly) arrived over the course of many days in multiple packages.

In addition to the regular hardware, we added a couple of hotel-style towel racks in three of the bathrooms that don't have over-john cabinets. The rack was also available in both brushed nickel and chrome and had a reasonable price tag. We grabbed those from the CSN stores.

In an attempt to keep towels off the floor and looking good, we actually use far more hooks than towel bars. We got a whole bunch of nice nickel and chrome hooks from Home Depot. Note that they have a bigger selection online than in the stores.

Toilet Paper Holder

Nickel Toilet Paper Holder

Towel Ring

Nickel Towel Ring

Towel Bar

Nickel Towel Bar

Towel Rack

Nickel Towel Rack

We really love the bathroom hardware we found. The pieces will add a beauty and function and the price was (almost) in budget.