The throne room has always been the most important room in the house. You might argue that the living room or bedroom is more significant — they definitely require more furniture and more extensive designing than a bathroom remodel. But just imagine not having a bathroom in the house for one second.
Now, having established that our bathrooms deserve our attention, it’s important to note that it’s not only for their functionality. A bathroom — more specifically, a remodeled and new bathroom — is also one of the key drivers of a home’s value. According to HGTV, a bathroom remodel is one of the most rewarding investments you can make, bringing in between 60% - 100% of the renovation cost at resale a lot of the time.
Besides being a sound investment the restroom has most importantly evolved to be more of just that — a place to rest, unwind, take a deep breath away from the chaos, and escape in your own personal spa at home — if you make the right moves. With help from Owen Dashner, owner of Red Ladder Property Solutions, we’ve put together a list of what those moves are to guide you in your bathroom makeover adventure.
Let’s start with some common mistakes — things to avoid for a successful remodel. As a home investor with 15 years of experience in buying, upgrading, and selling homes, Owen advises not to:
Proceed Without a Design Plan
You can always expect a dash of the unexpected, a hiccup, a hidden pipe you didn’t know was there, even when you do have a plan. If you decide to make decisions as you go, moving from one part of the room to another without a plan, it’s going to be more likely you’ll run into a problem and be more costly. The plan is for the logistics just as much as the design. “Even if everything is not high-end, you at least want to make sure the materials match or complement each other. You don't want a mismatched bathroom that looks like it was thrown together in a thrift shop.” This is especially true because a bathroom has two priorities: for everything to work right and bring you joy.
Skimp On the Shower and Vanity
The shower and vanity play lead roles in setting the style and character of your bathroom. Therefore, they also affect the overall impression your home leaves as well. ‘Everyone knows you get your best bang for buck return on investment from kitchens and bathrooms. Showers and vanities are the focal points of bathrooms. There are also some really stylish vanities being sold that are budget-friendly, yet add some sizzle.’ Going for a more interesting tile, whether with colors, textures, or patterns, isn’t going to up the cost too much from resorting to plain ones and will make a big difference. Don’t avoid getting creative in the bathroom.