An updated, remodeled master bathroom is one of the highest valued interior renovation projects. According to data compiled in 2015 by Remodeling Magazine, the average cost of a bathroom remodel is $16,700 with $11,700 being recovered in home value. That’s nearly a 70% return on investment! An interesting fact that may surprise you—the only remodeling projects that return more value than a new kitchen or bath are those in unfinished areas such as a basement or attic.
Whether you’ve decided on a DIY approach to a basic remodel or plan to bring in a team of experts to fully renovate, it’s important to think about every aspect that comes into play when planning such a big undertaking. Bathroom renovations can be tricky because there are several components crammed into a tight space. If you are swapping the location of fixtures—tub, shower, sink, toilet—it’s suggested you hire a designer to draft potential layouts. If moving water supply and drain lines are in the plans, you’ll want to add a professional plumber to your remodeling team.
Although fixtures are oftentimes viewed as the focal points of a bathroom, don’t be mistaken, when it comes to the bigger picture and resale value, give proper attention to every area including lighting, flooring and vanities. Working with a team of remodeling professionals is your best bet for ensuring everything is taken into account and properly planned.
Here are 5 important things you should consider when starting a master bathroom remodel
1. Plan (and budget) for the unexpected.
Hidden water damage is a common problem in bathrooms, and if it exists it will likely be uncovered during the remodel. Water behind shower walls and underneath flooring are issues that must be fixed before anything new is installed. Build some cushion into your budget to account for unexpected surprises.
2. Five-piece or four-piece?
Many of us can count the number of times we’ve used the master bathtub on one hand. Entertain the idea of swapping out the tub to create a much larger walk-in shower. Take note—this is really only recommended if there is another bathroom with a tub. Whether or not you have children, it’s crucial for resale value. If you decide to maintain a 5-piece layout—dual sinks, toilet, shower and tub—consider a smaller freestanding tub—they’re practical, modern and luxurious.
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3. Focus on the vanity.
Make sure you plan for plenty of space to put things on top of and beneath the vanity. His & her sinks are popular, but think about whether the second source of water is more valuable than the extra vanity. Keep in mind, too, that eliminating a set of plumbing provides more storage space underneath the vanity. Carefully choose vanity tops. Porcelain tile is popular, and suitable for use on floors and walls. Granite and quartz are attractive and offer durability.
4. Don’t settle for lackluster lighting.
Unfortunately, many master baths have inadequate lighting. Of course, natural light is a wonderful thing, but it should be supplemented with a lighting scheme. Plan to incorporate several layers of lighting into your remodel. Ceiling fixtures are good for general illumination, but cast shadows when you’re at the vanity. Use a combination of vertical fixtures, wall sconces and task lighting to achieve a smart lighting plan.
5. Pick an area to splurge!
Choose something you really love and splurge on it. High-end plumbing fixtures, think multiple showerheads and body sprays, add value and last longer than run-of-the-mill options. Luxury heating solutions like radiant flooring and towel warmers are another valuable feature. Whether it’s in the shower, on the floors or in the lighting, go all out somewhere!
If a bathroom renovation is in your future, look no further than R.J. Tilley as your remodeling expert. Our team consists of professional designers and carpenters, and of course, plumbing experts. When you work with us, you get the convenience of each contractor being under one roof—we are your general contractor. This helps create cohesive plans and labor schedules, but also saves you money on the project. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, visit our showroom to get inspired and talk with our experts. It’s free and fun!
Contact R.J. Tilley today to learn more about our bathroom remodeling services.