Smart strategies for bathroom remodeling

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house – yet often receives the least attention. While bathroom remodels can be a budgetary nightmare, it is possible to update your bathroom to meet your personal style while adding lasting value to your home.

The “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® found that a mid range bathroom remodel is a solid investment in your home’s resale value. Nationwide, a bathroom remodel with a $26,000 budget recovers about 58% of those costs when it comes time to sell the home.

Bathroom remodels are about more than resale value and return on investment. The “Report” found that homeowners who remodeled their bathrooms gave their renovations a Joy Score of 9.6 out of 10. No matter the payback potential, you’ll feel the joy by following these five smart strategies for bathroom remodeling.

  1. Create a plan

Before you tear down the first tile, take time to plan out exactly what you want in your new bathroom. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends homeowners to plan their new bathroom before work begins. This helps ensure you choose materials, fixtures, and finishes that are both stylish and functional for the space. Interior design not your strong suit? Consider hiring a designer to help you create a plan for the space.

  1. Keep the same layout

By keeping the footprint of the bathroom the same, you can help cut down on renovation costs – and time. Moving plumbing lines involves major demolition and construction and can leave behind lots of annoying dust and debris. Instead, try to keep fixtures near existing plumbing whenever possible.

  1. Prioritize lighting

Lighting is a low cost, big impact way to makeover a space. Good bathrooms have both ambient and task lighting.  A bright overhead light is necessary to illuminate a space that often has small or no windows, while scones or lights surrounding the mirror prevent shadows on the face when getting ready.

  1. Upgrade ventilation

More than one old bathroom fan has been described as being as quiet as a jet engine. More modern models can be whisper quiet or feature humidity-activated switches that turn on automatically when enough moisture is detected in the air.

  1. Think storage

A bathroom with inadequate storage can quickly become cluttered. Think about ways you can add additional storage in a space. A low-profile medicine cabinet can be installed instead of a mirror, a coat stand can be used instead of wall hooks to hang wet towels or robes, and shelves can be hung over towel racks to utilize blank wall space. Consider how to store the products you use every day; a slide out tray in a vanity compartment, for example, gives you full access to stored cosmetics and toiletries.

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