Guest post by Amelia of Smooth Decorator

5 Bathroom Renovation Tips for Great ROI

Regardless of whether you want to boost the functionality of your home or give it a resale value boost, you can’t go wrong with remodeling your bathroom. In an ideal world, you would start renovating the room from scratch…with someone else working…for free…while you sip on your wine… but when working on a budget you will probably have to prioritize. Sorry dreamer! We’re all in this together. So, here are several bathroom renovation tips that are definitely worth your money.


1.     Low flow fixtures

Small bathroom with low flow toilet, sink, vanity, round mirror and flowers

The first step towards making your bathroom more efficient and appealing is to make it as sustainable as possible. In order to achieve this, consider installing low-flow fixtures. An average older toilet typically uses about 3 to 5 GPF (gallons per flush), whereas a low-flow model uses anywhere between 1.28 to 1.6 GPF. That’s money in the bank and water in the eco-system. Similar savings can be achieved by switching to a low-flow faucet and a low-flow shower.

However, the ROI on these efforts isn’t always clean cut, and it’s slow to achieve over time. This remodeling investment doesn’t always get you a positive financial ROI if you sell your place immediately after installation. But if you plan on staying a while, this is a great eco-friendly way of boosting sustainability within your own home over time.


2.     Practical storage

Green tile bathroom with brown wood counter, white sink, mirrors, lights, tv, tub, towels

In most households, a bathroom is the smallest room in the house. Unfortunately, it is also usually in desperate need for more storage space. Thinking about it: towels, cosmetics, medicine and appliances all need to be stored separately. By effectively using shelves, racks, hooks and overhead storage space, a great amount of storage efficiency can be achieved even in the tiniest of places.

There are a ton of amazing bathroom hacks to take advantage of even the tiniest of spaces to really  keep things organized. Especially in those tiny bathrooms! For instance, under the sink can be a lot of wasted space, and what is used can often get cluttered fast. But some clever thinker out there got tired of this and actually created this expandable under-the-sink shelf organizer.

Under the kitchen sink organizer with pots, pans, kettle

And there are a thousand other ways to take advantage of the backs of linen closet or cabinet doors, as well as empty vertical space. If you’re especially handy or simply bold and confident, Stacey Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife shows step-by-step how she did pocket built-in storage shelves in her bathroom, and it looks fantastic!

Built-in bathroom shelves in white with toilet paper, baskets, flowers and plants

So if you decide to go for a DIY project, this can be an incredibly frugal way to upgrade your space, and make it work better for you.


3.     Monochrome design

Tuscan style tiled bathroom with curtain showers, clawfoot bathtub, vanity with countertop and sink, tiled floors


Those who want to introduce an aesthetic upgrade to their bathroom simply cannot go wrong with a monochromatic design. The way in which this works is fairly simple, and can be a creative outlet for your artistic side. You can restrict yourself to a single color and only use its nuances and similar hues. While colorful bathrooms may look more vivid, and even more cheerful, going monochrome adds a simplistic elegance to the place. This doesn’t go just for the surfaces but also for the fabric. In other words, your shower curtain needs to match the walls and the rest of the place. On the other hand, it might be both easier and more effective to opt for frameless shower screens and use transparency to your advantage.


4.     Optimized lighting

Bathroom with marble counters, brass legs, vanity lighting, mirrors, flowers
Courtesy of CW Design LLC


Another improvement you could make with a great ROI is an optimized lighting system. Unlike the rest of your home, your bathroom receives the least amount of natural light. Ironically, it is one of the places in your household that requires the greatest visibility. So an improvement to your artificial lighting system will be well worth your money and time…and when you up your makeup game, you can come back and thank us! There are several ways to upgrade your bathroom lighting, and the choice is yours.

First, you need to think about the vanity lighting, which is pivotal to the overall functionality of the room and your morning routine. According to This Old House,

Vanity lighting gets top consideration because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming rituals more difficult. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face.

So flanking the bathroom mirror with lights on both sides is the best option if you are able to do so, which is a relatively inexpensive task, that will make a big difference in your daily tasks as well as the overall appearance of the space. For lighting temperature, stick with daylight so you can see the true color of your hair, skin, clothes, and makeup. To achieve this, stick with bulbs that have Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 90 or above and color temperature of CFLs is also between 2700K and 3000K.



5.     Underfloor heating system

Dark grey shower bathroom with under floor heating and clear glass enclosure modern

For those with a serious remodeling project in mind, an underfloor heating system is probably the first thing worth considering. Keep in mind, however, that this method works with various flooring options, which means that you can still go with concrete, tiles or wood at your own behest. There are also several reasons why underfloor heating is great for your health. Apart from providing the room with heat, they also reduce allergic reactions by minimizing air current circulation.


At the end of the day, investing in a bathroom renovation is always a great idea, as it benefits your household (and you personally) in more ways than one. Aside from making your living situation more pleasant, it also gives you a chance to get the most money possible returned on your investment during a potential resale. All in all, a clear and undeniable win-win scenario.


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