Looking Dated, Are You Due For A Bathroom Renovation?
Almost every real estate professional will tell you that bathroom upgrades generally provide a solid return on investment. If you are considering a renovation for both personal reasons and with an eye for your home’s resale potential, the bathroom may be a good choice for change.
How do I start?
Remember that the layout of the new bathroom doesn’t necessarily have to be the same as the old one. A new approach is to not make the toilet a focal point. A partial wall will give a sense of privacy and block the eye, without chopping up the space the way a full wall might.
When it comes to lighting selection, think versatility. You will want brilliant illumination by the mirror and the option of more subdued ambiance when soaking in the tub.
If you have an old linen closet, consider converting the facade to resemble a cabinet and perhaps take it right to the ceiling.
Bathrooms are heavy traffic areas, so remember to choose tough, easy to clean surfaces, moisture-resistant paint and non-slip flooring.
Take design cues from your fixtures. The soft lines of oval shapes and the curves of pedestal sinks will feel very different from the artsy, ultra-modern look created by angular choices.
Before you buy a bathtub, try it out by sitting in it. Based on your height and the space available, you may want a longer or deeper tub than is standard. Or you may decide that you’ll do without one entirely, in favour of a large open shower space in an ensuite.
It’s on my wish list…
You may be dreaming of a new bathroom, but don’t have the time, money or space for radical changes. Don’t underestimate your current bathroom’s potential for improvements. A wall-to-wall scrubbing, including a clearing out of old and unnecessary item's can be rejuvenating, as can a fresh coat of paint. Adding a new shower curtain and towels, a basket or two for storage, a change in wall decor, a plant (it will love the humidity) and possibly an upgrade to your mirror, lighting or faucets, can create a beautiful new space for a fraction of the cost.