Everyone desires a beautiful and functional home, and the bathroom is one of the top rooms people spend the most time using. Based on the this, it makes sense that most bathroom remodels recoup from 65% – 100% of costs at the time of resale.
When designing your dream bathroom, there are upgrades that are more advantageous to your home’s value than others. One place to start is replacing your flooring with ceramic tile laid in a pattern. Gone are the days of tile laid side-by-side or carpeted bathrooms. There are so many creative and unique methods for installing your dream floor. Homeowners can choose a single tile floor laid in a staggered brick pattern, a herringbone pattern, a basket weave vertical pattern, and the list continues. Another route is a multiple tile pattern (hopscotch, windmill, cypress, Versailles, etc.). Customization can go even further with the choice of tile size. An entry on many of the pattern choices available to homeowners will be coming soon. Keep in mind, with the help of your contractor, you can design patterns unique to your home.
A second profitable upgrade is installing cultured stone countertops. Choices vary from granite to cultured marble. The color palates and allure are endless, and the stones are easy to maintain.
Updating your countertops and flooring may require you to replace or refinish your vanities and cabinets. Replacing your cabinets will be a larger expense than refinishing, but if you are wanting a different material such as exotic or rustic wood or a textured metal, then replacing the entire cabinet may be necessary. Refinishing your cabinets entails refacing the outside of the cabinets and the doors to your preference. Homeowners may be able to customize the color to accent the rest of the bathroom depending on the existing cabinet material.
Many houses built in the south have the classic frameless mirror attached to the wall with globe lighting. Thankfully, new homebuilders are moving away from this obsolete trend. Picture-framing your mirrors and updating the lighting will elevate the style of your bathroom. Contractors can use the existing mirror and customize around it, or new mirrors can be installed. Mirrors can be ornate or modern depending on the homeowners’ preference. New lighting should be considered as well. When deciding on your light fixtures take into account the style of the bathroom. A glamorous bathroom may require a luxurious chandelier while a modern bathroom needs a fixture that enhances the aesthetic. Functionality must be considered as well. Sconces near or above the mirrors can vary from a traditional to an eclectic design and add the task light needed.
Finally, homeowners must wrap up the remodel with the finishing touches. Installing new bathroom and cabinet fixtures are essential. Brass is no longer the trend. Replace these fixtures with chrome, satin-nickel, or polished nickel. The faucet is a focal point, so be sure to take into account the style of your bathroom. There are many sinks and toilets that are available to homeowners that are easy to maintain and use less water. There is a strong push towards environmentally friendly products. Look for the WaterSense label from the EPA. in the coming years, this label should become as common as the Energy Star label currently on appliances.
There are an unlimited number of improvements that can be made to elevate the beauty and value of your bathroom. These are just a few of the most profitable when reselling your home. Be sure to remodel your bathroom long before you plan on moving. Homeowners going through the time, expense, and inconvenience must enjoy the gorgeous space that they created.
Coming soon… Remodeling Projects that Add Value – Part Three.