How to Plan the Perfect Bathroom Remodel for Increasing Resale Value
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If you’re reading this, you already know that a bathroom remodel is no easy feat. It requires a meticulous plan and knowledge of how not to wash money down the drain.
To make the process easier for you, we’ve created a guide to planning a bathroom remodeling that will up the resale value of your home. These will be based on the following questions.
Why Are You Remodeling?
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That’s why this question is important. It will guide every decision you make in the remodeling process. Home designers at Houzz found that most homeowners have three primary motives for the project:
Resale value. For those looking to sell or flip a home, a bathroom remodel is all about appealing to potential buyers. This requires research of upcoming trends in aesthetics and functionality for the target demographic. A full bathroom remodel in the US will increase the resale value by an average of 3.7%.
Before you take out your wallet, bear in mind that the current home value and location play a large role in your ROI. You should subtract the cost of a project from the expected resale value to determine whether you’ll be receiving a decent profit.
Estimating both the cost and the added value will make it easier for you to determine whether it will be worth it to invest your money and time. It will also make it easier to negotiate with contractors.
An important note: Even if the projected ROI is negative, you should consider when you’re planning to sell the home. Will the value increase in a couple of years? Will it plummet?
Updating the look. This goal tends to result in the least intensive transformation, since clients are usually satisfied with the layout of the bathroom but simply want to personalize the design. Thus, it’s best to focus on material selection, cabinetry and hardware to achieve the desired affect.
Better functionality and/or storage. This is where hiring a professional contractor becomes a necessity rather than an option. If the homeowner is looking to replace a bathtub with a standing shower, add a window, or replace the shelving system to better suit their needs, the safest option is to turn to an experienced construction team.
How Will the Space Be Used?
Design and functionality should be planned out together to ensure that the buyer gets the maximum utility and enjoyment out of the finished room.
This can be accomplished by delving into their individual needs and tastes with questions like:
What kind of bathroom is it? (i.e., powder room, master bathroom, kids’ bathroom, etc.)
Who will be using the bathroom? Do they have specific physical needs?
Will the bathroom be shared? How many people will use it at one time?
How much storage is needed? What kinds of items will be stored?
Are there any special amenities? (i.e., towel warmers, heated floors, steam showers, etc.)
This helps you determine key details like how many towel racks to put in and cabinetry size and height.
The utmost accuracy is needed to ensure that these features achieve the desired effect in the final outcome, both in terms of functionality and aesthetic appeal.
A way to do this is through millwork drawings for doors, windows, and cabinetry to ensure that every aspect of the design comes to life. That way, your client’s bathroom model is guaranteed to have the mark of professionalism.
What’s Your Budget?
We hate to be the bearer of ill news, but a bathroom remodel won’t be cheap. The cost can range from a few thousand dollars to six figures, and potentially some gray hairs and minor heart palpitations.
As a benchmark, a basic remodel should cost up to $12,000, a mid-range remodel up to $35,000, and a deluxe remodel $100,000 and above. Remember to also factor in around 10% to 20% of the budget for unforeseen expenses that arise along the way. (If you know some good hair dyes, please drop their names in the comments.)
Once you have a solid idea about your budget, you’ll be able to strategize in a way that the vision is achieved without breaking the bank. This is especially helpful when it comes to selecting tiles, finishings and accessories.
Home improvement retailer Rona recommends including estimates for the following features in the budget of any bathroom remodel:
Cabinets and countertops or vanity unit
Sinks and faucets
Paint, trim and detailing
Decoration and accessories
What’s the Design Plan?
Next is one of the most exciting stages for homeowners: building the design plan. This is where all the brainstorming on design, architecture, and millwork are compiled into one master reference.
Interior designers and homeowners alike can use it to easily understand which pieces are needed, note any attractive options that are within the budget, and keep track of acquired pieces as the project moves forward.
These design plans are common among all remodeling projects. One for a bathroom remodel should comprise of tiling, fixtures, lighting and the color scheme.
As you expand the design plan, you will begin to see how the bathroom will fit in with the design of the rest of the home. Keep in mind transition areas or general entrances; for example, connections to dressing areas and closets.
Adjacent spaces can even be included in the remodel to take advantage of underutilized or inefficient space. The endlessness opportunities make a design plan vital in planning a successful bathroom remodel.
Bathroom Renovations That Are High Value
This can be a dramatic change that alters the look, feel and even utility of the place. For bathroom flooring, the average cost per square foot ranges between $2.5 and $4, aside from labor costs. For an even higher value, you can go for heated floors via radiant heat mats, which will set you back between $5 and $8 per square foot.
This doesn’t have to be horrifically expensive, and can lend an inviting, modern air. Make sure to choose fixtures that complement the elements of the rest of the bathroom.
This one’s a good choice if you’ve got some money to spare. Swapping out the current sink, cabinetry and faucets for new ones can make a bathroom look sleek and modern or cosy and retro, according to your tastes.
You know how you want there to be enough space for your appliances, extra items, and toiletries? Yeah, that’s why storage space is at a premium. Convenience is a powerful thing. Consider cabinets and other methods of storage. Here’s how to choose the right people to do it.
If you follow these guidelines, you’re on the right track to creating a gorgeous bathroom remodel that increases the resale value of a home.
But if you’ve read this far, you’re probably something of a perfectionist and want the design and construction to align perfectly. Good thing that BluEnt can help make it happen for you.
Our years of experience in home renovation projects has enabled us to achieve all these goals for homeowners. If you’re itching for the perfect bathroom remodel, our floor plans, millwork shop drawings, or interior construction drawings will be of use to you.
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