A new year is a great time to get a new bathroom — after all, at a point when you’re already gearing up for new goals, why not make an investment that lasts? If you’re like many homeowners, your bathroom saw a lot of traffic during the holidays. Amid all the chaos of the season, a bathroom update has likely been one of the last tasks on your priority list. Yet now, as the calendar turns to January, you have the perfect chance to finally pay some attention to this important space. What do you think? Does the idea of “new year, new bathroom” appeal to you?
A Worthy New Year Goal
A bathroom renovation is a New Year’s resolution of which you’ll be thankful for later. Why does it make so much sense to update your bath? Here are a few of the benefits that come from investing in this space:
- Increased sales appeal.
Most real estate agents agree that buyers like kitchens and baths. That means, when you invest in your bathroom, you may invest in a better selling price. You set your home apart in the home competition and make it more desirable to potential buyers.
- Increased enjoyment.
While it’s true that bathroom updates add selling power, they’re also valuable when you don’t plan to put your home on the market. If you’re going to stay in your home for a while, you’re the one who’ll get to enjoy its new amenities every day.
- Extra storage space.
Renovating a bathroom gives you the chance to add storage to de-clutter the space. Whether that’s through vertical cabinets, open shelving or retrofitted furniture, that storage can free you to better manage and organize your daily routine.
- Long-term cost savings.
Save money and increase efficiency with energy-saving fixtures such as water-saving faucets, toilets, showerheads or lighting. Not only do these features conserve water, but they also may lower your bills.
Goals for Your Bathroom Renovation
As you’re planning what to incorporate into your remodeling project, here are some ideas worth considering.
1. Get new floors
One of the most eye-catching and important aspects of a modern bathroom is the flooring. To make your renovation shine, consider a polished marble floor or a slip-resistant tile that adds quality and style to your space.
2. Put in a curbless shower.
A no-threshold shower creates a cleaner, more seamless look in the bathroom, as the flooring can continue throughout the entire space and allow for less visual separation. As a bonus, curbless showers are an asset to older homeowners who wish to age in place. They make it easier for you to stay in your home, or they’re a selling feature to homebuyers looking for a long-term residence.
3. Install a built-in bench in the shower.
If your shower is large enough to accommodate a built-in seating area, incorporate it into your renovation. A seat adds a place to set toiletries, prop up legs for shaving, rest beneath the pouring water and more. Even just a small corner bench is an asset.
4. Add a handshower.
It may seem like a small luxury, but adding a detachable showerhead that can be held in your hands and moved throughout the shower is a great feature. Not only will this kind of showerhead add comfort to daily showers, but it also is a real help when someone’s disabled, injured or aging and needs extra accessibility in the bath.
5. Add a separate toilet room.
Putting some separation between the toilet area and the rest of the bath is always an asset. Most modern bathrooms don’t have separate space for the commode, so one way to update is to create a private room to conceal the toilet. A water closet adds value and elegance to a space that’s already large enough to house one.
6. Incorporate extra storage space.
One of the primary needs bathrooms have is storage space — places to set toiletries, towels, bath products, etc. For a high-end storage feature, go with vertical cabinets that continue the full height of the wall.
7. Get efficient bathroom features.
Whether it’s a water-saving toilet or an efficient showerhead, any bathroom features that are eco-friendly and saves energy can save you money in the long term. If you’re going to renovate your bathroom in the new year, you may as well look for energy-efficient features that add value.