Americans spent nearly $340 billion on remodeling projects for their homes in 2018. According to research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, part of the reason homeowners are willing to spend so much is the high demand for existing homes in the real estate market.
81 percent of homeowners put their budget toward a kitchen upgrade, with the bathroom being a close second, accounting for 80 percent of all remodels.
If you’re thinking of updating your bathroom, there are certain elements that can increase the value of your home. From new bathroom floors to modernized lighting, you can get a strong return on your investment without breaking the bank.
Best Bathroom Upgrades
Toilets. The standard toilet isn’t much to look at, but today’s modern designs and energy-efficient systems make it a focal point rather than an eyesore. Kohler creates a variety of toilet styles, such as a two-piece seat, wall-hung or intelligent toilet. Updating your current seat can add style and reduce water usage.
Bathroom floors. Good bathroom flooring can improve style and functionality. Porcelain tile is cost-effective and waterproof, which can help to avoid a mold or mildew problem. Even on a limited budget you can achieve your desired look thanks to textured tiles that mirror natural stone or wood. For an even better experience, add radiant floor heating.
Double sinks. Many homebuyers are looking for double sinks in the master bathroom. Changing your vanity to make room for double sinks isn’t as costly as you may think. There are a variety of styles and sizes to make your space more versatile for you or future owners.
Bathtub. One of the most popular bathroom trends of 2020 is the free-standing tub. Updating your current bathtub for a claw-foot tub or sleek, modern design can create a luxurious spa feel. You can also upgrade your shower by installing a rainfall shower head or steam shower.
Modern fixtures. Ditch the shiny silver or brassy gold and exchange your outdated fixtures for a custom faucet and shower head. The most requested bathroom fixture colors include polished chrome, brushed nickel, matte black and matte gold. The color change can strengthen your bathroom aesthetic.
Light fixtures. Without spending a lot of cash, you can upgrade your bathroom light fixtures and enhance the entire space. Consider a layered light plan for various bathroom needs.
Cabinets. Thanks to a variety of materials and styles, new bathroom cabinets and counters don’t have to wipe out your remodel budget. Choose a countertop material and color that compliments your flooring to give the space a cohesive feel. Under-sink storage can hold your toiletries and is a big benefit to potential buyers.
Most of these bathroom upgrades are DIY weekend projects, but there are some bathroom remodel tasks you should leave to the pros. Make your upgrades, add a fresh coat of paint on the walls and your space can be transformed.