People treat bathrooms as a sanctuary within the home, a place to retreat and find some alone time, and as such will pay much attention to the bathroom design and layout of a home they are interested in buying. When potential buyers take a tour of your bathroom, they will look for the comfort and privacy of a personal space, or how functional and adaptable the bathroom is to their daily lives especially if there are many family members who will potentially be sharing the bathroom.
The “spa ambience” is something that is currently quite popular among homeowners. So it is important to create modern bathrooms that draw people in and make them feel so pampered and relaxed that they might not want to leave. Fixtures such as marble tiles, waterfall faucets, versatile showerheads, heated floors and even flat-screen TVs are popping up in ultra-chic bathrooms designed to make the user instantly feel refreshed and ready to wash away the stress of daily life.
Bathroom makeovers can run up a bill between $25,000-$40,000 modestly, and even go higher depending on the materials used and labor. But simple bathroom transformations can still be achieved without leaving you broke, as long as you remember to make the most of what you currently have and plan the most cost-effective but impacting additions or updates to your bathroom.
- DIY savings – When planning your bathroom makeover, keep in mind that labor costs can take up to a third of your budget. You can save a lot by figuring out how much of the tasks you can do yourself. You can even think of ways to include the rest of the family in the project, turning it into quality time spent together.
- Work with existing structure – If you are on a limited budget, improving instead of rehashing your bathroom would be your goal. The sink, tub, and shower or tub can stay where they are; if you have to move plumbing around, the cost significantly goes up too. Instead of having to move these around, updating them such as replacing showerheads, retiling the tub, or changing faucets are more affordable and within your budget.
- Paint magic – Paint can instantly transform your bathroom from so-so to super, and it is relatively inexpensive. Redecorating your bathroom becomes much easier if you paint the walls in neutral, basic colors with bright accents, and then adding various decorative elements around the bathroom such as hand towels, paintings, or candles and potpourri.
- Beauty in details – The small upgrades add to the overall value of your bathroom and make the house more marketable. Instead of one lighting fixture in the bathroom, adding different layers immediately give it that sophisticated feel of a luxury hotel suite. A small reading corner with a couch and table make the bathroom a place to relax, meditate, and recharge. Repainting cabinets and replacing the toilet top and bowl give the whole bathroom a brand-new feel all over for the fraction of the cost of renovating everything.