Which Bathroom Upgrades Can Increase Your Home’s Value the Most?

Which Bathroom Upgrades Can Increase Your Home’s Value the Most?

There are a lot of thoughts that run through the minds of homeowners who are considering a bathroom remodeling project.

“How much does a bathroom remodel cost?”

“How long will a bathroom remodel take to complete?”

“Which contractor should I hire?”

“Will a bathroom remodel increase my home’s value?”

Often, they share these same thoughts with our team when we sit down to talk about the logistics of their project. While the answer to each question varies, let’s focus today on the last question: 

“Will a bathroom remodel increase my home’s value?”

The Importance of Upgrading Your Bathroom

Did you know that a bathroom remodel can benefit your home’s value more than other remodeling projects? It’s true! A midrange (or average) bathroom remodel has a national average return on investment (ROI) of 72.7%.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well. A badly done bathroom remodel can ruin your whole house in the eyes of prospective buyers. Investing in your bathroom may not only increase your home’s value but it could also be the final selling point that sets your home apart from others. 

But, don’t just take our word for it. 

According to Zillow, an online real estate database, “Zillow data shows that bathroom remodels yield the biggest returns in terms of boosting your home’s resale value. For minor cosmetic changes, you’ll see a $1.71 increase in home value for every $1 you spend. This includes things like painting and refinishing cabinets, swapping out the mirror or upgrading hardware.”

Bathroom Upgrades That Have a High ROI

While many bathroom renovations can boost your home’s value, there are some upgrades you should consider a high priority and others that you may want to skip altogether. Here’s a closer look at the projects that are most worth your investment. 

Flooring

Is your grout looking dirty? Does your tile look like it’s straight out of the ’80s? Time to update it! We recommend changing out your flooring with porcelain or ceramic tile, which is waterproof, durable, and inexpensive. 

You might also consider installing heated floors, which are perfect for cold winters and may appeal to buyers more. 

Vanity

The vanity area is often overlooked in favor of “bigger” renovations, but don’t underestimate the impact of updating it. Consider upgrading your countertops, faucet, and sink for maximum impact. 

You also might want to extend your vanity to include double sinks, particularly in a master bathroom. And, if you’re looking for the highest ROI, opt for granite countertops with a modern sink and faucet design. 

Cabinets

Take a closer look at your cabinets and try to see in from the perspective of a buyer. Do they need to be upgraded? Buyers are looking for modern, clean cabinetry. Refacing your cabinets can help make your space look more enticing. 

And don’t overlook the details! Replacing the hardware on your cabinets and drawers can be an easy and relatively cheap way to freshen up the look of your cabinets.

Shower and tub

The focal point of any bathroom is the shower and/or tub, so it should come as no surprise that remodeling them offers the highest ROI. If you’re upgrading your master bathroom, replacing your tub with a large walk-in shower can raise your home’s value. 

However, make sure at least one bathroom in your home has a bathtub, as buyers with small children will consider that a “must-have” feature. 

Adding glass doors to your tub or shower is a high-impact upgrade that will also appeal to most buyers. 

Bathroom Upgrades With a Low ROI

The most important thing to remember during a remodeling project is that your home should first and foremost serve the needs of you and your family. So, if there’s a feature you’d love to add, you should do so! 

However, if your primary goal is to increase your home’s value and be more competitive on the market, you might want to skip these upgrades. 

Jet tubs

Sure, the idea of soaking in a whirlpool tub in the comfort of your own home sounds great, but the reality is that they’re expensive, hard to maintain, and they break down frequently. Except in rare cases, installing a jet tub won’t bring a good ROI. 

Steam showers and custom spas

Again, while a steam shower or custom spa sounds like an undoubtedly cool feature, they don’t provide a great ROI. Skip them unless you want to add them for your own enjoyment. 

Easy and Cheap DIY Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

Keep in mind that bathroom upgrades can impact your home’s value without putting a large dent in your wallet. There are several easy, low-cost projects you can do yourself to make your home more appealing. 

Paint

Paint can be powerful. After all, you can transform the whole look and feel of a space with a simple coat of paint. Check out the selection at your local hardware store and get to work. You might be surprised by the impact it makes!

Lighting

Do you still have the original light fixtures in your house? If your home is more than 10 years old, chances are that your fixtures look outdated. Swap out your bathroom’s main lighting with a chic new option to refresh the whole space. 

Shelving

Try adding vertical shelves to your bathroom, which take up less room than other shelving options, while still adding a good amount of storage space. All you need is a hammer, a few nails, and a level to make a significant impact in your bathroom. 

Mirror

Consider replacing your old mirror with a new one to instantly update your bathroom. There are even options available now that include built-in lighting to give your space an updated, luxurious feel. 

Talk to Gehman Design Remodeling About Your Bathroom Remodel

Ready to take the next step toward a new bathroom and increase your home’s value as a result? The team at Gehman Design Remodeling is here to help! We’ll work with you to determine which upgrades make the most sense for your family and your needs, develop a budget and timeline, and get to work. 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

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7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Bathroom Remodel

7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Bathroom Remodel

 

We believe that a Bathroom Remodel  is one of the most exciting upgrades you can make to your home. However, there are a lot of decisions involved to ensure you end up with the bathroom that fits your family’s needs.

By putting extra thought and planning into what you want to accomplish with your remodel project, you are more likely to end up with the bathroom of your dreams as the end result.

This comprehensive overview will walk you through the different things you need to consider when preparing for your bathroom remodel.

 

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1. Which bathroom do you want to remodel?

The type of bathroom you are looking to remodel will determine which upgrades make the most sense in your space. For example, you would approach a master bathroom renovation differently than you would a guest bathroom that is rarely used.

 

Your master bathroom is a personal space that gets used every day, so you’ll likely want to put more time and thought into how the bathroom is laid out, the materials that are used, etc. Additionally, if you share your master bathroom, you might want to consider double sinks in your vanity for extra space.

 

If you’re upgrading a child’s bathroom, on the other hand, you may want to focus less on high-quality style and more on functionality. After all, kids won’t care about granite floors!

2. Decide how you plan to use the space

If you plan to remodel your primary bathroom, take a moment to think about how you currently use the space and how you hope to use it in the future.

Do you get ready for the day quickly, without giving your bathroom a second thought? Or do you prefer to spend hours soaking in your tub, treating your bathroom as your own personal spa?

The materials you choose for your bathroom remodel may vary depending on your answer.

3. Determine the layout

 

The best way to maximize the space in your bathroom is to be strategic with the layout of the room. At Gehman Design Remodeling, we can help you determine how to best utilize your space to make your bathroom feel bigger and more functional.

 

We recommend designing your bathroom so that the toilet is not the first thing you see when you walk into the room. In some cases, our clients choose to add a water closet to their upgraded bathrooms, which is a separate room for the toilet with a door for added privacy.

 

Design with the future in mind

 

It’s worth noting that you should plan your layout with the future in mind. How will your family change over the next several years? Are you just starting your family or will your kids be out of the house soon?

 

The answer may impact how you choose to approach renovating your bathroom. Similarly, if you are planning to sell your house in the next five years, make sure any updates you make will increase your property value.

 

4. Decide on a bathtub, shower, or both

 

The main star of your bathroom should be your shower or tub area. When designing your new bathroom, you’ll need to decide if you want a shower, bathtub, or both. First, start by thinking about what makes the most sense for your daily needs.

 

If you have small children, you will want to make sure there is a tub in their primary bathroom. Or, if you have an older family member with more limited mobility, you might want to convert your old tub to a shower for a safer bathing option. If you’d like to have access to either, then we can help you develop a plan for that as well. If you can dream it, we can do it!

 

5. Think about areas that are often overlooked

 

There’s nothing worse than completing a bathroom remodel and realizing that you would have loved to add a feature that you failed to think about before starting the project. Avoid this regret by taking time to think through the different aspects of your bathroom that are often overlooked.

 

Lighting

Good lighting can make your bathroom feel bright and open, while poor lighting options can leave your space feeling dark and dreary.

 

Before starting on your remodel, think about how much light you want in your bathroom and plan accordingly with extra windows, beautiful fixtures, and/or recessed lights. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help create the perfect lighting for your space.

 

Storage

Don’t let storage be an afterthought when planning your bathroom remodel! Instead, plan storage options into your design for a more functional bathroom.

 

Think about how you would like to use medicine cabinets, space under the vanity, linen closets, etc. before you start your project. And don’t forget to install accessible outlets throughout your bathroom and in storage areas, if needed.

 

Flooring

Do you need to replace your current flooring? If mold or mildew has developed underneath your tile, it could lead to extra work and excess costs. You should also think about any flooring upgrades you might want to make.

 

For example, if you’ve always dreamed of warming your feet in the morning on heated floors, you’ll want to plan for that prior to beginning the renovation process.

 

Ventilation

Proper ventilation is key in a bathroom, as excess moisture can build up in the space and cause problems down the line. Built-in fans can help remove moisture from the air, keeping your bathroom protected from moisture-related issues.

 

Hot water tank

Imagine spending the money to install a new soaking tub, only to realize you can only fill it halfway before the hot water runs out. While your hot water tank isn’t actually in your bathroom, it plays a role in making your bathroom a more enjoyable space.

 

If you’re planning to install a soaking tub or multi-head shower, you may need to install a larger hot water heater to accommodate your new space.

 

Considerations when doing a Bathroom Remodel

6. DIY vs. Contractor

After planning out your bathroom, you may be tempted to go the do-it-yourself (DIY) route and tackle the project yourself.

 

While DIY may be cheaper up front, it can lead to costly issues later on if everything is not done correctly from the start.

 

Additionally, taking on a complicated DIY bathroom remodel is time-consuming and stressful, and you might find that you are in over your head.

 

This will leave you looking for a contractor to clean up what you’ve started and correct any errors you’ve made.

7. Set yourself up for success when working with a contractor

 

Once you’ve determined how you plan to use your new bathroom, the layout you want, and the details for your space, you’ll want to reach out to contractors to find the right team for the job.

 

Budget

Before you even make the initial call to a contractor, it’s best to have a set budget in your mind and a good understanding of what that budget can get you.

 

It will allow you to have a more honest conversation with contractors so that everyone is on the same page and it will help you feel assured that you’ll be comfortable paying for your project.

 

 

Contract

Before you sign a contract, be sure that it properly outlines the scope of your project. The contract should include:

                             Details about the colors, styles, and materials that will be used.
                             A clear description of what the contractors will do.
                             The approximate start and completion dates.
                             The total price, broken out by line item.
                             Information about warranties for both materials and workmanship.

 

 

Communication

As with every relationship, communication is key between you and your contractors. Never assume that your contractor is on the same page as you are. Even if it seems redundant, it’s better to spell everything out clearly so there is no confusion.

 

If you’re ready to begin your bathroom remodel, Gehman Design Remodeling would love to be the team you choose to work with on your project! Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

Our Award Winning Bathroom!

We are proud to share with you photos of our recently awarded Local and Regional NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) CotY (Contractor of the Year) award for a Bathroom! The Local Award includes Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Regional encompasses Pennsylvania through Maine. Here’s the story behind it…

When our Clients moved to Pennsylvania from another country, they knew they would be missing their family, and knew they would want visiting family members to have a place to stay in their home.  Since visits would typically be longer than just weekend, our Clients wanted to turn a first-floor Office space and Powder Room into a Guest Bedroom and Bathroom which would keep their Guests comfortable and give them their own getaway space for their extended stays.

Re-work Hardwood floors                                                                      

When we began the project, our team had to re-work the hardwood floors because of the existing angles of the doorways.  Our goal was to create seamless flooring.  The re-design also provided added space in both the Bedroom and Bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                

                                        

   

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping the Bathroom Accessible to Everyone                                          

 

Since this Bathroom is also the only Bathroom on the main floor, it had to be accessible to everyone.  Our Clients wanted their Guests to have access directly from their Bedroom but didn’t want to take up wall space by using a traditional door.  We chose a pocket door with a mirror mounted on the Bedroom side, giving their Guests a full-length mirror, and at the same time, creating the illusion of a larger room.

 

Floating Vanity                                                             

Our Clients wanted the stone vanity top to appear as if it were floating from the wall.  To make this happen, the fabricators had to match the pattern in the top of the stone and wrap the pattern down the apron on the front and side of the floating vanity top.  To hold it in place, we used concealed custom-made steel brackets mounted to the wall studs for support.  The floating vanity creates a clean design that allows the floors to continue throughout the entire Bathroom.

 

Custom Made Barn Doors                              

As part of the Bathroom renovation, our Clients wanted custom-made barn doors on the Bathroom entrance that would match their fireplace mantel in the adjacent Great Room.  We used poplar wood for the barn doors and stained them the same color as the Client’s fireplace mantel. The barn doors added the functionality our Client was looking for, and the matching stained wood tied them into the fireplace mantel combining them into the overall room design.  The beautiful custom-made barn doors added a rustic touch to our Client’s contemporary modern style.

 

 

Our Clients are extremely pleased with their new Guest space for their visiting family members.  And it was smiles all around when we were announced the winners!

Decorating the Bathroom: Finding the Right-Sized Furniture

There are many ways to decorate a bathroom, but one that is often overlooked is including furniture. Even a small powder room can be accented with a foot stool or shelf to give the room your unique touch.

No matter what the room size, the first step is to take the time to plan ahead. Before purchasing anything, measure your space. From there, make a detailed layout of the room with grid paper so you know exactly how much floor and wall space you have to work with. What you don’t want to do is buy lots furniture that will fill up your bathroom and make it look cluttered.

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC0502-300x199When laying out your decorating scheme, take special care not to block windows and doorways. It will be one of the rooms you will be using a lot, so you want to make the atmosphere relaxing, soothing, and you want to make it a calm place.

After you have a final layout for your bathroom, decide the size and shape of the furniture you would like to place in the room. This is important because it will give your bathroom a sense of tidiness, completion and cleanliness. That is, of course, if the correct furniture is added. Depending on the size of the room, some furniture to consider purchasing include:

  •     Cabinets
  •     Mirrors
  •     Shelves
  •     Stools
  •     A comfortable high-backed chair (to sit on while dressing)
  •     A vanity

This is in addition to any artwork or other accent pieces you plan to incorporate into your bathroom’s décor.

The key to having a bathroom that you love is to take your time to find pieces that fit the space. Plan ahead, take measurements and work within the space, and you’ll have a bathroom that is functionally furnished.

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Add Interest with These Bathroom Flooring Choices

When it comes to Bathroom flooring choices these days, you have hundreds of choices – carpet, tile, wood, laminate, linoleum and stone … just to name a few. And when it comes to installing a new floor in your bathroom, you may have an idea or two of the options you want to investigate further to see which will work best for your home.

But picking out the right flooring option for your bathroom is more than liking a sample you saw at the home improvement store. You’ll want to consider the entire picture: the wall color, the bathroom fixtures, and the natural and artificial lighting.

One of the more popular flooring choices for the bathroom is ceramic tile. Not only is it durable, it is also easy to maintain and keep clean. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and is much less slippery than traditional high-gloss tile.

Before you decide, however, consider these interesting flooring choices – which may (or may not) work for your bathroom.

b2ap3_thumbnail_wyher-150x120Marble Tile

Marble has always been an elegant choice for bathroom floors. For starters, marble is extremely versatile, and it also works well on walls and counter tops. Like ceramic tile, marble is available in many shapes and sizes, so you can create an interesting “art” focal point on the floor

Glass Tile

Glass tile is quickly becoming a popular choice for bathroom floors. It comes in all shapes, sizes and colors – in either high-gloss or a more matted finish. And some tiles are made from recycled material, making them one of the more environmentally friendly options.

Wood

Many people do not think of wood as a viable option for a bathroom flooring, but it can be. Hardwood floors have always been one of the most popular choices for new flooring, and the bathroom is a great place to install them,

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0037-150x150Modular Carpeting providing you are willing to put in a little more work into taking proper care of them. They can easily be restored and refinished, increasing the practicality and longevity.

If you are looking for a soft, plush option, then this is the way to go. These carpets are specifically designed to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold when they become wet, and are relatively cheap to install.

Bamboo and Cork

These Bathroom flooring choices are great alternatives for “green-conscious” homeowners. When removed from their habitat, these materials are able to replenish themselves in just a few years. Additionally both bamboo and cork are naturally resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew.

No matter what option you decide upon, there are endless possibilities and choices to make your bathroom have the look and feel that you’ve been looking for.

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