Bathroom Design / October 15, 2018 / Daniella Epstein.
Bathroom home improvement is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the value of your home. In general terms, every dollar you spend on bathroom remodeling enhances the value of your home by $5 or more – so spending $4,000 on a bathroom remodeling project can add $20,000 to the sale price of your home if you’re looking to turn the property.
There are lots of options ranging from the very modest, to the groundbreaking to consider. Modest options can be as simple as pulling up the tile, replacing the floorboards (which may have taken water damage) and laying new tile down that gives a new look to the place. You can resurface tubs and shower stalls for a fraction of the price needed to rip the old one out and replace it, and it’s remarkable how much nicer a bathroom can be if you apply a new coat of paint and new towel holders or add shelves to put scented candles or other bathroom accessories on.
You don’t need to do anything elaborate for a seldom-used guest bathroom, but for the main bathroom on the house, consider things to make it airier, more brightly lit, and more comfortable. In particular, look at details like a deep plunge bath, or improving ventilation from a practical standpoint, or making it match the home decor you’ve chosen from an aesthetic one.
If you’re repairing actual structural damage to your bathroom (such as from a broken pipe, or settling floorboards), have a professional come in and do an estimate – there may be more wrong than the leaking pipe. If you’re updating fixtures, it may still be worth your time to have a professional do the installation, if it involves connecting to the plumbing outlets.
Finally, remember that bathrooms are meant to use. Use flooring that won’t cause problems when wet – nobody likes falling and getting hurt. Use materials that can stand up to being wet – high gloss paint makes cleanup a breeze, for example. When in doubt, add more light and more ventilation than you think you’ll need – you’ll be grateful for it later. Updating the look of your bathroom will make your home a pleasanter place to live, and is a sound investment for you and your family.