Virtual appointments available

Making Your Renovation Experience Enjoyable

DESIGNfirst Builders Blog Near Chicago, Illinois

5 Excellent Bathroom Upgrades

Upgrading your home before you sell is a great way to boost the value and sell your home faster by making it more attractive. If you are considering a bathroom upgrade, check out these five excellent options to consider.

1. Install a Glass Shower If You Have Room

Glass showers are highly desirable because of their many benefits. Not only are they a modern option, but they actually make your bathroom look bigger. However, if your bathroom is too small, a glass shower with a pivoting door is a poor option. Instead, you’ll want a sliding glass door. A pivoting door in a small bathroom can make the rooms seem even more crowded.

One way to make room for a glass shower is to get rid of your bathtub if you don’t use it. Getting rid of countertop space and cabinets, however, is not always a good idea because you lose storage space, which is another desirable feature in a bathroom.

2. Improve Lighting Fixtures

You do a lot in your bathroom, so you need plenty of light to see what you are doing. Plus, ample light makes it easier to keep your bathroom clean from mold, mildew, and other types of grime. First, you’ll need ambient light, which is just general light, so you can see inside the room.

However, most bathrooms should also have some task lighting near the mirror so you can see when you apply makeup, shave, brush teeth, or wash your face. Other lighting options for more elaborate bathrooms include decorative lighting and accent lighting to highlight art in the bathroom.

3. Upgrade Your Toilet

One of the main reasons to upgrade your toilet is to gain better energy efficiency. Toilets use up to 27 percent of your home’s water, so if your toilet is inefficient, you may waste lots of water. If your toilet was installed before 1994, it may use up to five gallons each time you flush. Modern toilets, however, only use 1.6 gallons or less with each flush.

Newer toilets also come in many styles so you can choose one that looks great for your bathroom. In fact, more and more people have replaced their traditional toilets with toilets with low-profile toilets, which take up less space.

4. Replace Your Sink and Faucets

Upgrading your sink is another excellent idea to generate interest in your home. However, many types of sinks are available, including pedestal sinks, console sinks, self-rimming sinks, or flush-mounted sinks. Some sinks may be better for certain bathrooms. For example, in a small bathroom, a console sink may take up too much room, making the bathroom look more cramped. Instead, a pedestal sink would be a better choice.

Whether you can afford a new sink or not, you should replace the faucets. New faucets are often the final touch that polishes the bathroom. Therefore, even if you don’t replace the sink, people may think it’s all new because of the new, modern faucet.

5. Update Your Ventilation System

Bathrooms are exposed to a lot of moisture because of the shower. Each time you take a warm shower, the bathroom fills with steam. With a good ventilation system, this steam immediately goes outside. This reduced humidity keeps the bathroom more comfortable, but it also means less moisture clings to walls and ceilings.

Without a good ventilation system, the moisture has no place to go, so it collects on walls. After long-term exposure to this moisture and humidity, the walls may begin to develop mold or mildew, which usually appears as black, brown, or dark green specks.

Making a few upgrades in your bathroom can boost the value of your home, and these upgrades usually have a high return on investment so you recoup much of your money. If you would like to know more about bathroom upgrades, contact us at DesignFirst Builders.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for Answers?

Schedule a FREE consultation