Best Bathroom Remodels for Resale: Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Tips
Written By: Mariko Baerg, REALTOR of Bridgewell Real Estate Group
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The bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a home, and is one of the areas that yields a greater return on investment for sellers that have renovated. An effective bathroom design can change your life, and it should address all your needs. Here are the most important tips to consider when updating a bathroom in a home:
Think about functionality.
In bathrooms for young children or where space is an issue, keep a tub/shower combo. While a large funky mirror above the vanity will look great, if you don’t have any cabinet space then you may want to compromise. Consider functionality first, and layer style and elegance in to that.
Select durable flooring.
Ceramic, marble and stone tiles are all excellent durable and water-resistant choices for a bathroom. Subfloor heating coils will make these hard surfaces warm. What could be better than waking up in the morning and stumbling over to your bathroom half asleep only to be greeted by heated floors?
Hang a stylish mirror.
One beautifully framed mirror over a sink is more attractive than many surfaces covered with mirror randomly. Supplement it with a wall-mounted adjustable makeup mirror for close ups and functionality!
Use interior found space.
Take advantage of space between wall studs by recessing a tall storage cabinet into the wall to maximize vertical storage while saving floor space. The cabinet should have an interior depth of at least three inches and a door flush with the wall. This is a funky little feature that can make a small bathroom space feel much less crowded.
Build an open shower area.
Consider building a shower than is separate from the tub, or one that is more open-concept and less confining than a standard shower stall. Shower seats are becoming popular in showers and come in handy when it comes to shaving or an injury. Ceiling-mounted rain showerhead and/or a high wall-mounted showerhead.
Choose a functional tub.
Bigger isn’t always better, and a tub that’s too large might end up making your bathroom crowded. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people – but get in the tub and test it out before you buy it! Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support –- a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. If you only have enough space for a small tub, buy an extra-deep one. If your bathroom is large enough, a stand-alone tub is an elegant feature.
Design lighting that is functioning and stylish.
Your lighting style should speak to your design concept. Incorporate layers of light; recessed, sconces, and decorative flushmounts/pendants all set the tone. If you’re not a fan of super bright lighting all the time, then you can install dimmers and adjust as you see fit!
Buy a quality toilet.
Once you buy a quality toilet, you’ll never go back. Models with elongated bowls and seats are usually most comfortable, and if you can get a heated function we guarantee you will LOVE it.
Incorporate luxury into your bathroom renovation.
If you’re fortunate enough to have lots of space to work with, indulge yourself with an expanded spalike bathroom that includes a dressing room. Consider adding a TV, fireplace, makeup vanity, or large comfortable chair.
Consider your countertops!
If you are using cabinets, then strongly consider a solid surface counter top such as granite or natural stone. These materials are hygienic when properly sealed and provide lasting beauty that surpasses any other man made products.
Before you go ahead and renovate your property, you may want to have a real estate professional through to evaluate your home’s value pre and post renovation. If you’re looking for an opinion on the market value of your home, call us today at 604-765-0376 for a free market evaluation. Prefer text? 604-319-0200 or email email@example.com to start a conversation.
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