You may not know it yet, but your bathroom is begging to be redone. It dreams at night of the latest trends, colors, and fancy new gadgets. It talks with the tub about its most heartfelt desires. Maybe its time to make your bathroom's dreams come true!
Okay, so your bathroom doesn't have a mind of its own, but you do! And a bathroom redesign can be a fabulous way to increase your home's saleability. Every buyers loves a comfortable, modern bath.
What is hot right now? Let's start from the ground up. Buyers are looking for a bathroom that serves as a spa retreat, especially in an economy where regular trips to the spa are few and far between.
Heated floors are a good way to get started. Handy homeowners can even take on the project themselves! A woven mat or heating element is laid under your new tile. No more cold feet on winter mornings! This project runs about $500+.
And cover that new heat with some luxury tile. Travertine, marble, and granite are all popular choices. Travertine is a form of limestone that has a long history of use in buildings. It has a simple elegance and neutral tone that is always a great choice in updated baths.
Next, nothing makes a bigger change than a new coat of paint. Paint allows you to get the most bang for your buck. For just dollars a gallon, you can easily breathe new life into a dull space. Popular colors today include neutral taupes and grays. And while monotone is in, splashes of color (in small doses) can be a great way to add your own personality to the mix.
Are you a sucker for the latest gadgets? Start out with heated towel racks. You can find these for around $150 - $300.
Need help conserving water? Try Waterpebble. "Waterpebble is unique in the way it works to help reduce water usage," says the company's website. "The clever device monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. Memorizing your first shower and using it as a benchmark, Waterpebble then indicates, via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing gently from green through to red, when to finish showering. Each time you shower Waterpebble automatically fractionally reduces your shower time helping you to save water without needing to think about it."
Another great energy saver is a tankless water heater. It only heats the water you need, instead of keeping gallons warms just in case.
And finally, make sure you have plenty of storage and counter space. Pedestal sinks look nice, but they are a nightmare for a woman's arsenal of beauty tools. Up the space quotient by offering dual vanities, or at least an extra-wide vanity to give the buyer lots of space to imagine their stuff. And be sure to have a linen closet, or at the minimum cabinet storage, for all of life's necessities.
A bathroom can be your sanctuary. Why not give in to its requests to be updated? After all, your bathroom knows best.