5 Bathroom Remodeling Do's and Don'ts

A bathroom remodel is a top way to increase your home's value, and to give it a functional and visual refresh.
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By Deanna Kane

A bathroom remodel is a top way to increase your home's value, and to give it a functional and visual refresh. According to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range bathroom remodel costs on average $16,128, and you can recoup 72.5% of the remodeling costs during resale. If you are looking to give your master en suite, guest bathroom, or kids' bathroom a new look, use the tips below update your space and to add value to your home.

1.) Don't skip the design plan:
The layout and functionality for your new bathroom should be determined by who will be using it the most.
  • Kids' bathroom: Consider a double sink for a faster morning and bedtime routine; add a built-in, pull out, step stool to help little ones reach the sink; and no-slip tile to avoid any bath time accidents.
  • Guest bath: Make guests feel at home by incorporating extra shelving so they have a place to store their items without feeling intrusive. Consider built-in shelving both in the wall and the shower.
  • Master en suite: If you're looking to incorporate spa-like features into your home, this is the place to do so. Consider adding a heated marble floor (the small space will keep the cost down), a walk-in shower and plenty of natural light.

2.) Do assess your skill set: While you may have the vision, do you have the plumbing, flooring and general contracting experience to successfully complete your remodeling project? If you could use a professional hand, visit a site such as Porch.com to find remodeling professionals in your area.

3.) Do select appropriate finishes: Bathrooms can become dated in as little as five years. If you go trendy, consider looking into Ikea to keep your investment to a minimum. If you are looking for a timeless look, consult a professional designer to help select neutral, high-end finishes.

4.) Don't move the plumbing and ventilation: Two of the most important functional features of a bathroom are the plumbing and the ventilation. Surprise plumbing incidents can be costly, so base all renovations around the existing plumbing.

Avoid blocking the main ventilation source (typically a vent fan or window). If your bathroom doesn't currently have a source of ventilation, this should be at the top of your remodeling to-do list, to be proactive about preventing mold.

5.) Do maximize storage capabilities: Does your home have adequate linen or hall closet space, or is your bathroom the primary storage hub for towels, linens, toiletries and cleaning supplies? Consider built-in wall shelves, or wall-to-wall ceiling storage with built-in recessed lights.

Are you looking to expand your remodeling plans to the kitchen? Check out Kitchen Remodeling Dos & Don'ts.

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