Bathroom remodels are consistently one of the best investments you can make in your home. They tend to be one of the high-value ROI projects on the Cost vs. Value report. This is because bathrooms are extremely utilized spaces, and the right design can turn this often overlooked, yet highly functional room into a spa-like retreat.
To get the most out of your bathroom renovation, you’ll want to incorporate varying levels of beauty, functionality, and creativity. Partnering with an interior remodeling contractor who understands design can help you achieve that.
To get you thinking of some of the most essential parts of your bathroom remodel, here are 7 improvements you should consider.
1. Seamless/One-Piece Toilets
Not only do seamless toilets offer a modern look for a bathroom remodel, but the sleek design makes cleaning much easier. And no one enjoys cleaning the bathroom. One-piece toilets combine the tank and bowl without any seams to make cleaning simpler. Say goodbye to those dirty crevices that are hard to reach. Spend more time doing what you love and less time cleaning.
Seamless toilets can also be wall-mounted, an especially great option for smaller bathrooms that need to maximize space.
2. At Least One Bathtub
To help retain your home’s value, ensure that your home has at least one bathtub in the house. Most real estate professionals consider a bathtub to be a must-have item. If your home currently has no tub, this is a great opportunity to install one.
For smaller bathrooms, consider installing a shower/tub combo. But if your bathroom has the space, a free-standing tub is the way to go. It elevates the look of the room and appeals to potential future homebuyers.
3. Wet Room
A wet room is a completely open and continuous space in your bathroom that is waterproof. There is no distinction between the various spaces, and this design style is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners.
You can have full room wet rooms or create a distinct wet room space that houses both the shower and free-standing bathtub. Some of the appealing benefits of a wet space are:
- No worry of leaks creating damage to non-waterproof materials
- No shower glass to clean
- Consistent cleaning product requirements for your entire bathroom
- A beautiful, seamless look
4. Shower Window
Natural light can elevate a shower into a spa-like retreat. When installing a shower window, you have plenty of options to choose from—a true, wide-open window, a frosted glass for privacy, a skylight, or a clerestory window. Many options exist to provide a level of privacy while also adding that coveted light.
No matter what style you select, choose a window that has the ability to open. Humidity that gets trapped in your bathroom is not your friend, and while you hopefully have a quality vent fan, having the option to open a window to air out the room can save your bathroom from moisture problems.
5. Updated Lighting
Lighting is essential to any room, but it is extremely important in a bathroom. And the smaller the bathroom, the more important it will be, especially if your bathroom is not privy to any exterior wall where windows can provide a natural light option.
Make sure your bathroom has plenty of light around the mirror, in the shower, and over the toilet. Proper lighting is essential to the safety and function of your space.
6. Innovative Storage
Bathrooms need storage, and finding ways to incorporate this space will ensure your bathroom is well organized and clean. Vanity cabinets, linen closets, and shelving are all great ways to add storage to your space. But you can incorporate other simple ideas such as recessed medicine cabinets that don’t take up extra space in the room yet offer storage.
8. Waterproof Materials
As we have mentioned, moisture is a major culprit for bathroom spaces. And these often small, dark, damp rooms can be breeding grounds for mold and germs. So, when you have the option, choose a more durable, waterproof material.
Natural stone tiles are beautiful enchantments to a space, but the wrong stone can become an issue. Rather than select a stone like marble or granite for your countertop, choose an option like quartz, which mimics the look while also being more stain and moisture resistant. Never install hardwood floors in your bathroom. Opt instead for tile that looks like wood.
These and other simple swaps can make all the difference in creating a low-maintenance yet beautiful and clean space.
You Can Have the Functional Spa-Like Bathroom Remodel of Your Dreams
Your bathroom doesn’t have to be a place you avoid. It can, in fact, be a room where you love to spend time relaxing. With the right design and innovation, you can create the perfect bathroom remodel for your home.
For more bathroom renovation ideas and to get an idea of what we are talking about, check out our project gallery.