Do you have outdated plumbing or fixture designs and colors? Stained, chipped or corroded fixtures or faucets? Poor bathroom design or just a layout you're simply not wanting to deal with anymore? Then it may be time for “an extreme makeover - bathroom addition!”
One of the nice things about bathroom remodels is that they are more than just an expense - they can be a very practical investment. According to CNN Money, the return on investment (ROI) for mid-range bath remodels for 2011-2012 is 102%. More upscale remodels pay off at slightly lower rates. An important consideration would be how long you plan on staying on that property. If 5 years or longer you should simply remodel to please yourself and your personal tastes. You may select your own style, colors and features more aggressively. At the same time, keep long-term in mind!
If you plan to remodel in order to sell your home, keep it simple! Provide ample storage and be wary of the latest trends. Since people have different tastes and trends tend to come and go, try to stick with the basics to give a "generic" idea. For example, don’t get too wild with the fixtures or colors. (It’s easier for a new homeowner to repaint then replace.)
Following is a helpful remodeling guide:
Brand new toilets are king and the most popular thrones are the elongated, comfort-height models. A nice bonus is that a good quality newer model should give you a better flush and a reduced water bill. They’re all required to be low-consumption, but the trick is to get one that still flushes well and gets the job done! We know the ones that “do and the ones that don’t” so contact us for expert advice!
Couples love double lavatories in their bathroom vanities so they can enjoy their own space. Just make sure that there’s plenty of room because ample countertop space is equally important. Counter top height should be a 33+ inches from the floor and under-mount or integral basins are preferred, along with neutral-colored tops. Use faucets with simple, clean lines and always go for quality. It’s a good idea to keep all faucets and valves in the bathroom of the same brand with matching finishes. One of the most popular and practical new trends the last few years are large, roomy and airy shower stalls. In smaller bathrooms this typically means tearing out an old bathtub to accommodate.
TIP: Just make sure that there is still at least one tub somewhere in the home.
Lots of glass for the shower enclosures is big and quality is king. You’ll want thicker glass, sturdy frames and hardware and hinged doors as opposed to sliders. People want luxury and the feeling of entering a spa, so this is literally the most costly fixture to deal with, but well worth it.
Grab bars are becoming more and more popular, but choose wisely and mount securely. Who uses a grab bar? One reason for their popularity is the aging baby-boomers, and if there’s to be an accident in the home, statistically it will be in the bathroom. In fact, even younger people are becoming more receptive to grab bars since they’ve become so decorative lately, as opposed to the more institutionalized look.
A Private Throne Room - People appreciate their privacy and prefer their commodes to be in a separate, smaller room if possible or even partitioned off. What can we say? Everyone needs a little privacy!
Soaking Tubs - Showers are great but tubs are far from dead. With the upcoming trends, the preferred models are deep soaking tubs! Nothing feels better than a nice, warm soak to help melt away the day’s stress. In many areas the Jacuzzi-style jetted tubs have seen their heyday since many folks have already “been there, done that” and are opting for the simpler, quieter soaking tubs. A nice plus is the “minus” - no equipment to maintain or clean and a much lower price tag.
If someone in the home is elderly or mobility-challenged, you may wish to go a step further and get a walk-in tub with a door! Helping them keep safe and the therapeutic health benefits are awesome!
Light, Bright & Airy - Windows and even skylights add a nice touch and help to brighten up a room and make it look larger. Warm tones such as porcelain and stone are more in vogue than old fashion glazed tile or linoleum. It's a good idea to stick to natural tones such as cool greens, light browns and clear glass colors. If you feel the need to get flashier you could do so with bolder accents like towels, bowls, hardware and paint: these are not permanent and can easily be changed to suit one’s taste.
Refrain from Water Guzzlers - People prefer going green and preserving our natural resources - and their wallets, so stick with water-conserving fixtures. Low-flow toilets, faucets with aerators and water-saving shower heads will help a lot in this regard.
Whether you're looking to build a getaway spa bath fit for royalty, or simply an updated and more practical bathroom, you can’t go wrong with INLAND EMPIRE Plumbing! Our design experts will help and guide you to the best bathroom for your needs and stay within your budget. Whenever you're ready to move on, our friendly & licensed remodeling specialists will see to it that your bathroom makeover is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.
We respect you and your property, keeping our team promise to leave your home clean! Our team always completes the job quickly and on schedule. Contact us today for a fee consultation and detailed estimate. Enjoy your investment now, and get a nice ROI when you sell.