What Bathroom Remodeling Research says:
- According to national data, doing a bathroom remodel has an amazing average rate of return of 70% for homeowners.
- The National Association of Realtors® “Remodeling Impact Report” continues to list bathrooms as a high impact area.
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What Are Some Tips for Remodeling My Bathroom?
Tip 1: Hide the Toilet
According to home remodeling and design experts, Houzz, you should not make the toilet the first thing people see when the door is open. Houzz says, “If you’re hoping for a spa-like vibe, putting the john front and center in the design can sort of kill the mood as you’re transitioning into the room.” So, what should you make the focal point? Anything but the toilet.”
Popular Mechanics wants to make sure you don’t forget the lighting when it comes to your bathroom remodel. They say, “You don’t want to end up with a new bathroom but outdated light fixtures. Plan your lighting early on so you’ll know if you need to run new cable. Consider recessed lighting over the shower for better illumination while you’re bathing. Just make sure the lights are rated for bathrooms.”
Tip 3: Create Storage for Toiletries
This Old House, along with countless other experts, recommends that you take the time to make sure there is proper storage in the shower area for things like shampoo, conditioner, and soap. A recessed cubby is preferred by most over shelves. Here’s what This Old House says, “Unlike clunky over-the-showerhead organizers, a recessed cubby in a tub or shower surround gives shampoo and soap a permanent home and doesn’t take up stall space.”
Tip 4: Provide Adequate Surface Area
According to Consumer Reports, “Since grooming is the main task at the vanity, it’s important to have plenty of surface area to put things down.” People need space to set down their accessories while getting ready in the bathroom. Make sure that surface space is part of your renovation planning.
Tip 5: Consider a Tankless Toilet
Toilets with tanks take up valuable space, according to Good Housekeeping. They suggest a tankless toilet then you can, “hang a cabinet or an eye-catching piece of art” above the toilet.
Tip 6: Keep Your Bathroom Dry
The last thing you want is for mildew or mold to invade your bathroom. Make sure you have a bathroom fan that vents to the outside and consider using your bathroom window also. Leaving a secure window or door open when you shower/bathe can help reduce moisture in the bathroom.
Tip 7: Find Inspiration Online
When it comes to design and colors, the Internet is the perfect place to look. Just search for terms like “bathroom inspiration” on Google or YouTube and start to gather ideas that you like to help inspire your bathroom renovation project.
We’ll be tackling other great places to renovate for an increase in home value in future articles.