Bathroom Renovations Worth the Investment

Is your master bathroom looking a little outdated? Do you wish you had more space? If so, here’s the good news – a bathroom renovation doesn’t have to cost a bundle and it’s likely to help increase the resale value of your home. The 2017 Cost vs. Value report shows that a mid-range bathroom renovation in Jacksonville, Florida typically costs around $16,394 and has a 51.8% return on investment (ROI). For an upscale remodel, that figure jumps to $56,060 with an ROI of 61.5%. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to spend $15,000 or more to make some vast improvements to your space. There are some simple bathroom renovations that can immediately change the look and feel of your room for a minimal investment.

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Lighting Upgrades

Bathroom lighting rarely gets the attention that it deserves. Most people stick to the traditional one-piece that sits above the mirror. This, unfortunately, does nothing for your space or your face. Instead, consider the entire layout of your bathroom and look for fixtures that will eliminate shadows and properly illuminate the area. Using several different types of lighting can help create the proper balance. For example, used fixed lighting next to the mirrors to make daily grooming a breeze.  Recessed ambient lighting can help set the perfect mood for a relaxing bath, or try some accent lighting to highlight artwork or other design features in the bathroom. For something with a bit more flair, consider adding a chandelier or other decorative lighting.

bathroom sink

Specialty Sinks

One of the quickest ways to change the aesthetic of your master bathroom is to swap out the old, drop-in ceramic sink with something that has a bit more character. The options are practically limitless, too. You can choose from a wide range of materials, such as resin, concrete, and glass, as well as some unconventional items. The shape of your sink is also something to consider. You are no longer tied to a circular or oblong bowl. Square and rectangle sinks are on trend right now, as are natural stone bowls with no defined shape. If you want to make a statement for under $300, upgrade your sink.

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Add a New Vanity

If you’re changing out the sink in your bathroom, you might as well consider updating your bathroom vanity at the same time. If you need additional storage, think about going vertical and not horizontal. This can be done with custom cabinets or try finding a distinctive piece of furniture that can be repurposed for the bathroom. If, however, you have plenty of space and want to declutter, a floating vanity could be the perfect solution. Open shelving is another option for making smaller spaces feel less confining.

glass shower

Upgrade to a Glass Shower

Frameless glass showers are very popular with new home builders. There’s a good reason for this, too. Glass showers not only make smaller spaces seem more open, but they also require less maintenance over time. Minimal caulking is required and they less likely to leak or harbor mold. In addition, decorative tile and stone can make this space stand out. Although the initial investment may be higher, the lifetime return (and ROI) is better than your traditional tub/shower combo. Just be sure you leave at least one bathtub in your home, as it can be an issue if you ever decide to sell or rent your home.

Before you start any bathroom renovation project, be sure to consider where you live and the buyer demand for the upgrades. It doesn’t make sense to spend $25,000+ on a master bathroom remodel if you live in a neighborhood where homes sell for under $200,000. Just as important is the quality of the work performed. You may be able to save some money by doing it yourself, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. For simple things, such as upgrading the toilet or changing out the sink fixtures, you should be fine on your own. The larger, more complex projects, however, should be left to the professionals.

About Kelly Perkins

Kelly lives in Northeast Florida and owns Kelly Perkins Real Estate. She has extensive experience in interior design and home renovation. As a Realtor®, she has helped many people make their dream of owning a piece of Florida paradise a reality.

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