Average Return On Investment For Bathroom Remodels



If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your bathroom, there’s more than improved aesthetics to enjoy. That’s because, bathroom remodels can be a great way to add value to your home, especially when it comes to resale potential. Buyers today like seeing updated bathrooms and kitchens, so when you’ve put in the time and expense of making thoughtful upgrades, it often pays off in your sales price.

What kind of return on investment is involved with a bathroom remodel? What kind of materials will give you a higher return? Would making a bathroom bigger be a smart choice? To help answer these questions, here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your renovation.

The Average ROI on a Bathroom Remodel

While no two bathroom renovations are exactly alike, they represent the potential for increase in home value. How much? Recognizing that every bathroom, home and neighborhood differ, and that multiple factors affect resale potential, there are still some governing principles. According to U.S. News, for example, investing in a bathroom remodel yields a 62 percent return on average — at least if you do it well. A successful remodel means thinking strategically about what upgrades you make, banking on current trends and timeless features.

What High-End Materials Generate a Higher Return?

Part of knowing what high-end materials will pay off best in resale value is knowing the current market. You want to look at current trends and what is generating the best price-per-square-foot value, using that to guide your investment. Some bathroom renovation choices that tend to do well right now include:
 
  • Double sinks: Especially in the master bathroom, homeowners like double sinks that provide more convenience and flexibility.
  • Brushed metal faucets and fixtures: There are multiple styles of finishes that do well in resale value, including pewter, silver, nickel, copper, bronze and gold. Whatever you go with, aim to match all the bathroom fixtures together.
  • Luxury bonuses: To give a bathroom that “wow” factor to attract buyers, see if you can incorporate a few impressive extras. This could be heated towel racks or radiant heat floor mats. You might add a hand shower to the shower/tub. Think strategically to make upgrades that will make a difference.
Keep in mind that, in many cases, cosmetic changes tend to be smarter investments than major layout changes or overhauls. To get the most out of your bathroom remodel, focus on visual features like colors, fixtures and tile.

How Bathroom Size Factors Into Resale Value

Buyers typically like full baths with space. If they’re buying a home with three bedrooms, for example, they’ll usually prefer two full baths over one-and-a-half bathrooms. What does this mean when you’re remodeling? If you can affordably increase a bathroom’s size, it might be a wise choice. Upgrading a half bath to a full bath makes a significant difference in your home’s specs, potentially boosting its value when it’s time to sell.

When it comes to bathroom renovations, there are no guarantees about resale value, but there are some general guidelines to help you make wise choices. Look at all the factors, think about what’s selling well, and reference studies like this 2016 Cost Vs. Value Report to help you make decisions you can feel good about when it’s time to sell!

How To Make Your Bathroom Feel Larger



From a master bathroom to a powder room, it’s only normal to wonder how you can make your bathroom feel bigger. Bigger bathrooms are more luxurious, comfortable and, typically, more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers. While, of course, you could remodel your bathroom from the ground up, knock down some walls, and renovate it into a larger space, that isn’t always an option for all homeowners. If you want to make your bathroom feel bigger without taking on a time-consuming, costly project, what can you do? Here are some simple, effective ideas for maximizing your bathroom space:

  1. Go white on white. Sticking to one color throughout a space is a way to trick the eye into seeing it as larger. Rather than breaking up the room into sections of light and dark, a white-on-white theme will create a seamless look. Bright and light is the way to go when you’re trying to make the most of the space. White walls against white tile against white towels and shower curtains will only expand your bathroom’s sense of space.
  2. Or, at least go monochromatic. If you want a small bathroom to feel bigger, but don’t love the white-on-white theme, take the same idea and try it with another neutral. Any way you can repeat the same color and style throughout your bathroom, the better. Whether you go with a cream or a soft blue, take a light, bright color and use it everywhere. This prevents the room from feeling choppy and, by extension, smaller.
  3. Pick a bigger mirror. Mirrors bounce light around a room and increase its overall sense of space. Use the largest mirror you can above your vanity — or even go with a wall-to-wall, counter-to-ceiling mirror, if possible.
  4. Install a glass shower door. Glass doors lengthen your bathroom’s visual space by expanding the sight line into the shower. As a benefit, glass shower doors are trendy, attractive and a great, modern choice.
  5. Hang longer curtains higher. If you go with a shower curtain, make it feel a little more luxurious by hanging it higher. Install the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible, and buy a longer curtain that will go all the way to the floor.
  6. Opt out of a swinging door. If you have a bathroom door that swings into the bathroom when it opens, you are wasting valuable space. Go with a sliding or pocket door to expand the room’s spacious feel.
  7. De-clutter. The more you have on surfaces, the more congested your bathroom can feel. First, remove everything that doesn’t need to be in the bathroom: knick-knacks, those 10 extra towels you always have on hand, etc. Then, move all necessary toiletries and appliances to appropriate storage areas — under the sink, in the cabinet, in containers, on shelves or elsewhere — out of sight. Try to free counter space and floor space so the room feels bigger and more open.

Even when you can’t take on a full-scale renovation, there are still so many ways you can make a bathroom feel bigger. Use the seven ideas above to make the most of the square footage you have — and turn your bathroom into a room that feels bigger and more comfortable in the process.

Ideas That Work For Small Bathrooms


When you’ve got a bathroom that’s short on square footage, that doesn’t mean you have to think small with style. Instead, to maximize the space, you can incorporate savvy design strategies that cater to a smaller bathroom layout. By thinking strategically about bathroom components, colors, features and accessories, you can design a small bathroom that makes a big impact.

 

To help you plan the best small bathroom for your needs, here are 10 great ideas worth trying:

 

1.     Opt out of a bathtub. There’s nothing quite like a long soak in the tub — if your bathroom has the space for it. In a tiny bathroom, a tub’s just not worthwhile. Because they take double the floor space than showers, tubs monopolize too much of the bathroom and make a small space feel even smaller, with less room to move. 

2.     Go with a frameless glass shower door. The beauty of a stand-alone shower is it takes half the space of a tub, provides a fast and convenient way to get ready every day and, with the right design decisions, can look sleek and stylish. When space is at a premium in the bathroom, forget shower curtains and go for a frameless glass shower door. A glass panel creates a clear visual line in the bathroom, expanding its spacious feel. Glass panels also let in more light, and they’re easy to install. 

3.     Float the vanity. There’s no law that says your vanity has to sit on the floor. Try saving floor space by lifting the vanity up and mounting it to the wall. Wall-mounted vanities free floor space and make the bathroom feel bigger, with more flooring exposed.

4.     Float the toilet. Take a cue from your floating vanity and apply the same idea to your commode. While every bathroom needs a toilet, you can save some floor space with a wall-mounted toilet that floats off the floor. You’ll need space in your walls to build in a toilet tank, but then you’ll get to float your toilet off the floor, saving floor and leg space.

5.     Use continuous flooring throughout. As long as you’re going with a stand-alone shower and a frameless glass door, take advantage of the seamless feel further by continuing the same flooring from the main bathroom space into the shower. Whether you’re going with tile, concrete or stone, when you continue the flooring throughout the bathroom, it creates a larger, cleaner feel.

6.     Contrast floors and walls. One surefire way to make a small bathroom feel smaller is by painting everything in dark hues. Instead, relegate dark colors to the floors only — make light walls feel even brighter when they contrast with the dark colors on your floor.

7.     Make mirrors work to your advantage. Mirrors reflect light and make a small room feel bigger, so, to maximize space in your bathroom, use mirrors to your advantage. Consider making a full wall a mirror or extending the size of your mirror above the vanity or along one side of a narrow bathroom space.

8.     Find storage on the walls instead of the floor. Save more floor space by planning bathroom storage on the walls instead of the floor. Vertical storage may include a recessed medicine cabinet, shelving above the toilet, metal towel racks or something else. Look at the wall space you have and imagine the possibilities. 

9.     Go bold with one wall. One place to have some decorating fun in a small bathroom is with an accent wall. Maybe you go with a decorative tile pattern in the shower wall, which is viewable through your frameless glass shower doors. Perhaps you paint one wall a contrast color that’s still in a light, bright shade. Explore pictures in magazines and online to get ideas and make a dramatic statement with a bold wall choice you love.

10. Use pocket doors. One giant space sucker is a bathroom door, which needs open space to swing in and out of the room. Eliminate this need by installing a pocket door, which tucks in and out of the wall, instead. You will have to open the wall to create the pocket, but, in doing so, you’ll free usable space you wouldn’t have had — which makes a huge difference in a small bath.

 

Small bathrooms feel bigger when they’re strategically designed and planned. When you want to make your small bathroom capitalize on space, remember these 10 strategies above. From floating elements to running the same type of flooring through the room and into the shower, there are lots of ways to enhance and expand the feel of your bathroom at home.

3 Key Lessons Learned From Hotel Bathroom Design



Traveling can be a lot of fun, but, from a design standpoint, it’s also useful. That’s because one of the best parts about visiting a hotel is finding fresh inspiration for decorating your home. When you step into the luxury of an immaculate, attractive space filled with little conveniences, it’s only natural to start dreaming about ways to incorporate similar ideas at your own place. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the four-start treatment of a vacation getaway on a daily basis? One place where this is especially true is the bathroom. From the clever layouts to the little niceties like magnifying mirrors, hotel bathroom amenities go a long way toward helping you relax and enjoy a space. Wouldn’t it make sense to utilize those strategies in your own bathroom design?

With that in mind, how can you take some of the lessons of good hotel bathroom design and apply them to your bathrooms at home? What are some of the secrets of beautiful hotel bathrooms?

To help answer these questions, here are three tips for what makes good hotel bathroom style and how to mimic it:

  1. Convenience is king.

    Part of what makes a hotel bathroom so enjoyable is that, put simply, it works. When you need towels, they’re already laying in front of you, ready to be used. When you want to wash your hair, you’re already an arm’s reach from fancy shampoo. The bottom line is that hotel bathrooms are filled with conveniences. To take that same principle and apply it at home, think of ways to make your bathroom routines smarter through clever design. Rather than cluttering your shower/tub with bottles that you have to sift through each day, mount a liquid dispenser with multiple slots to the wall and fill it with your favorite shampoo and body wash. To make daily showers feel a little more luxurious and comfortable, add a teak shower seat that creates a wonderful, spa-like feel. You could even de-clutter all your bathroom products in the cabinets so that there’s less to sift through when you reach for something at the start or end of the day.
  2. It pays to be clean.

    Think about it: Nothing kills bathroom ambiance faster than a lack of cleanliness. This is as true at home as it is at a hotel — just imagine how you’d feel if you walked into your hotel bathroom and found hairs in the sink, and treat your own bathroom with the same sense of scrutiny. While keeping up with bathroom cleanliness takes time and energy, you can streamline your tasks with some smart planning. Mount a squeegee to the shower wall, for example, and make it a habit to wipe down the shower walls each time you use it. Wipe down your bathroom mirror once a week to remove any water spots or grime. Take the trash out regularly, clean the sink each night and you’re well on your way to having a hotel-inspired bathroom space you’ll love.
  3. Smart storage saves space.

    In the chaos of regular upkeep and use, it’s all too easy to let your bathroom become a jumble of toiletries, linens, paper products and all manner of items that you happen to bring in and out of the bathroom from time to time. Take a cue from hotel storage, however, and see what you can streamline. Instead of stacking rows of toilet paper on your shelving unit, try keeping them in a caddy, for example, where they’re accessible but out of sight. Instead of stacking towels on valuable counter space, invest in bathroom storage solutions that will organize what you keep on hand. By using stylish storage solutions that make the most of your space, you can make your bathroom feel larger and more organized, just like the ones in your favorite hotels.
While there are some parts of hotel bathrooms that’d be tough to replicate — daily maid service, for one — there are others that can take your space up a notch and give you a more enjoyable daily routine. To get started making your home bathroom a little more like a hotel, use the three simple tips above! By focusing on convenience, cleanliness and smart storage, you can improve the way your bathroom looks and feels to both you and the guests who visit your home.

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