More time at home during the 21-Day lockdown means you can focus on those long overdue projects around the house. And some, more than others are sure to increase the value of your home. Remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, for instance is one of the single most valuable investments homeowners can make. According to leading property experts, you should make back between 75% of your costs when renovating your existing bathroom and around 65% – when adding a new bathroom.
One of the first things to consider when remodeling your bathroom is the current layout. Would you prefer a larger shower or a double vanity, or even having a bathtub to soak in. Now is the time to create your dream bathroom with all its creature comforts.
Another consideration is whether your current bathroom interior can fit both a shower and a bathtub. If not, it is important to keep in mind that a bathtub yields a higher return on investment when reselling your home. So ensure that at least one of your bathroom has a bath, if you have more than one bathroom in your home.
People often think that the bathroom needs to be tiled throughout from floor to ceiling, which is not necessarily true. Tile only the areas that are exposed to water such as the shower area, behind the vanity and around the bath. Use tiles in combination with different materials to create interesting contrasts such as mixing marble and stone with wood and steel to bring a contemporary feel to your space.
To avoid the classic mistake of choosing items that are too large for your own space, for example over-sized vanities or bathtubs, you should make a basic layout of your bathroom with dimensions to refer back to when visiting showrooms or shopping online.
A new bathroom should typically last anywhere between 8 to 10 years, so it is important to opt for top quality bathroom fittings that are hard-wearing and resilient. By investing in good quality products like a BETTE steel bath or basin, homeowners can save money in the long run because their bathroom renovation will last longer and yield a better return on investment.
Choose the right people for the job, do your research beforehand and find good contractors, plumbers and electricians with references, don’t try to save money here and cut corners here as this can be an expensive mistake to make. If you are moving plumbing around — take pictures, document where the water pipes are being installed. This will help you later when you are installing your bathroom accessories to know where your pipes are, so you don’t drill over the plumbing.
When setting a budget for your new bathroom renovation, allow 60% for fittings and finishes and 40% for labour and building materials, not forgetting to add an additional 15% to 20% to your overall budget for unforeseen costs.
Remember to have fun, although it could be stressful, remodeling your bathroom is possibly the most rewarding upgrade you will do in your home.