Other than some of those obvious reasons, there’s a lot of value found in your bathroom; for you and your family, and as an investment in your home. The bathroom is after all, probably the one room in the house we take for granted the most. From a personal perspective, other than our bed, the bathroom is where we essentially begin and end each day, and it can often set the tone for how things go throughout the day. From a design perspective, the bathroom can provide inspiration for the rest of your home. And let’s face it, it’s the one room in the house where you can lock yourself away from the world and relax after a long day.
Sounds like some pretty good reasons to invest in a bathroom remodel right? Well if those aren’t enough, let’s look at a bathroom remodel from an investment perspective. Homes experience wear and tear over time, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the bathroom. This room can quickly look older and worn down due to hot water usage that leads to moisture and sometimes even mold. Steam can affect everything from the walls and baseboards to the cabinets. Real estate agents and appraisers know this and will always check the condition of the bathroom when evaluating your home. One in new or good condition will instantly raise the value of your home…a professionally done bathroom remodel could earn up to 80 percent of your investment.
So speaking of that investment, how much does a bathroom remodel cost? In 2018, homeowners paid $7,000 on average and $16,000 on the high end to remodel their bathroom according to the 2018 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Some 2019 reports say that average currently is closer to $10,000. The Houzz study also reported that between 83 percent and 92 percent of homeowners replace bathroom vanities and showers, while 44 percent completely remodel the layout of the room. Read on for a few of our suggestions to help you make the most of your bathroom investment now and in the future if you decide to sell your home.
Recent trends show people are foregoing the tub in their bathroom remodel and focusing on a larger, more open shower when it comes to bathroom design. Not only is this approach more energy efficient, as a bathtub uses up to 70 gallons of water compared to the 10-25 gallons used in a 5 minute shower, removing your tub can provide more space to do other custom cabinetry or add storage in your bathroom. If you really are looking to reduce your water consumption in your bathroom remodel, also consider installing efficient water and plumbing systems. Adding low-flow toilets, shower heads, and sink faucets can make a significant difference in keeping your water usage and monthly bill down. Keep in mind, low-flow doesn’t mean low pressure, they just use less water per minute than regular options, meaning you can save water without sacrificing your overall bathroom experience.
During any remodel, one of the most important decisions you can make is about the cabinets. They are the focal point of your bathroom and also extremely functional. But the question still stands, are custom cabinets worth it? Although you might save some money initially with stock cabinets, here are a few key benefits on investing in custom cabinetry. Let’s start with the fact that if you have decided to invest in a bathroom renovation, you don’t want it to look like every other bathroom in the neighborhood right? So don’t settle for stock cabinetry. With custom cabinets, your bathroom is completely personalized. With either our Cornerstone cabinetry or Millennia cabinetry lines, you can choose the styling, size, wood species, and door styles…all to fit your own personal design ideas. Millennia even has an eco-friendly option if you are focusing on a sustainable bathroom remodel.
Custom cabinets or vanities are also built to fit, and can accommodate any bathroom design ideas or personal needs. From taller cabinets, to unique storage options, custom cabinets give you options in your space. And you know the saying “You get what you pay for?” Well that is true with custom cabinets as well. The durability, especially in the bathroom, is what makes custom cabinets so cost-effective in the long run.
What you use on your bathroom floor can impact both the overall aesthetics of the room and protect your investment. Today’s modern bathroom flooring is highly durable and water-resistant, and depending on the size family you have, one of the most used rooms in the house. You need something that can handle all that plus whatever moisture, humidity. and mess end up in the bathroom. Some popular choices in 2019 include natural stone tiles, engineered hardwood, cork flooring and our personal favorite wood-look tile. Versatile and durable, wood-like tile has been increasingly popular in the last few years, and can be an ideal choice in a bathroom.
So are you inspired to get started on your bathroom remodel? From side-mounted faucets, to floating vanities, no dam showers, and wall mounted toilets, 2019 bathroom design trends include endless opportunities to update your bathroom in creative and memorable ways.