Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms to renovate if you’re considering adding value to your home. In fact, some claim you’ll get up to 75% of your investment back! In addition to adding value to your home, renovating your bathroom can also improve your everyday life.
Renovations can make your bathroom more functional and improve your daily routine; perfect for the mornings when everyone is rushing to get out the door. Bathroom remodels can also add more comfort to your home; perfect for those evenings when you want to kick back and enjoy a nice glass of wine and a hot bubble bath.
Summer can be one of the best seasons to renovate your home. After Spring you may be ready for fresh, new changes in your home. Additionally, if the extent of your renovation requires you to remove outside walls, having your home exposed to the outdoors is much more manageable in the summertime.
So, if you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom this summer, what are the key areas you should focus on to add optimal value and comfort to your home? Here at Start to Finish Renovations we’ve compiled a list of our top renovations for your summer bathroom remodel.
Upgrade Your Vanity
The vanity is one of the most important parts of your bathroom renovation. It adds storage to your bathroom and can add to the overall style.
Depending on the size of your current vanity, you may want to consider adding another sink. Having dual sinks means saving time in the morning as more than one person can get ready at once. This is usually not as expensive as you might think since both sinks can share the same supply and drain lines.
If you’re thinking of replacing your vanity all together, you may want to consider transforming an antique dresser into a vanity to save money and add extra character to your bathroom.
Upgrade your Bathtub & Shower
Upgrading your bathtub and shower is a great way to add comfort and value to your home. If your bathroom is on the small side, you may want to opt for a steam shower or something similar to save on space. If space allows, you may want to consider adding a jacuzzi tub or feature shower for added luxury.
However, before purchasing a bathtub, we recommend sitting in it first. That extra long tub may look nice, but you may find it’s uncomfortable once you sit down in it. If you don’t want to completely change your bathtub and shower, consider just upgrading your fixtures and shower head.
Heated Floor Tiles
We’ve all been there. You get up in the middle of the night or get out of the shower in the morning and your feet hit a freezing cold floor. While this isn’t the end of the world, having a heated floor can add a lot of value and comfort to your bathroom.
There’s nothing like stepping out of the shower on a winter morning onto a nice, pre-warmed floor. Should your budget allow for it, you could add functionality to your heated floor that will allow you to set it on a timer so your floor is already heated before you get up in the morning and turns off automatically.
If you’re renovating a small bathroom, and your dreams are bigger than your floor space, you may want to consider adding more space to your bathroom.
Keep in mind, this isn’t always the most budget-friendly option. Expanding the space in your bathroom may require you to move walls, plumbing and electrical. All this can add up in a hurry, but it is possible if you’re set on expanding your bathroom.
If you don’t want to start knocking down walls, there are a few ways you can make your bathroom feel larger with your current space. You can opt for a shower only instead of a shower-tub combo to give you more floor space. Additionally, painting your bathroom a bright colour can make it feel larger and brighter.
Alright, we get it. Ventilation systems may not be the sexiest part of your bathroom remodel. However, upgrading your bathroom fan can help control the humidity of your bathroom which will help maintain the air quality in your bathroom and reduce the chances of mold. Your fan will also help prevent moisture damage on your bathroom cabinets. Generally, higher priced models will produce better air movement with less noise.
Here at Start 2 Finish Renovations, we know summertime is the best time for many Kelowna homeowners to start bathroom renovations. While even small bathroom renovations add value to a home, they also add a great deal of comfort and functionality. If you need help renovating your bathroom this summer, give Start to Finish a call! We’d love to collaborate with you and can even help provide bathroom remodel ideas to help you clarify your vision.