Given that bathrooms tend to be relatively small, just about any upgrade can make a huge difference. It is no wonder that 30 percent of home remodels were bathroom renovations, according to the latest studies. These mainly included sink upgrades as well as bath or shower replacements.
Remodeling a bathroom can boost home value while making it better suited to your needs and tastes. For it to be a worthy investment, a bathroom upgrade should ideally target either form, function, or comfort. And while certain restroom remodels require a professional, others can be DIY projects you can do on your own.
1. Making Ventilation a Priority
- Average Price Range: $200 to $550 (including installation).
- Professional Needed: Yes.
While ventilation isn’t a bathroom renovation project you’d normally be excited about, it is certainly important to prioritize it. Adding a bathroom vent is always a smart upgrade, even though it’s not a requirement by code. It enhances the air quality in the room by drawing out the moisture and any odors, which helps prevent the buildup of mold and mildew. You can also operate it all throughout the year as opposed to a window, which you may not want to open during the harsh winter months.
2. Integrating a Recessed Medicine Cabinet
- Average Price Range: $260 to $645.
- Professional Needed: Preferably.
A recessed medicine cabinet above the bathroom vanity allows you to increase storage space without sacrificing style. It especially comes in handy if the vanity is somewhat shallow. Unlike a cabinet protruding out of the wall, a recessed unit gives you all the space you need to lean forward and use the bathroom sink — without having to worry about banging your head on the cabinet’s sharp edge. In terms of budget, the additional wall framing project isn’t all that expensive when it comes to bathroom projects.