When thinking about your next bathroom renovation what comes to mind? Is it heated floors or multiple spa-like shower heads? Whatever your dream bathroom looks like, there are always must-haves and then the rest. These 5 bathroom renovation must-haves will add value to your renovation and also keep it stylish and functional; have your cake and eat it too.
This is a funny one because people will automatically assume it’s for accessibility. Not always the case! A bench can add valuable storage in your shower if you extend the tub decking. It also creates high-end appeal as it enhances the design of the shower and bathroom. There are many options and styles for added seating and for anyone with mobility issues or injuries, this is a definite must-have for your renovation.
New Lighting Fixtures
There are several types of lighting possibilities in a bathroom. Pot lights are a must-have for ambient lighting because they look beautiful, add character, and won’t blow your budget. If desired, you can add some dimmers to these lights to enhance that spa-like feel when you shower or bathe.
Bathroom exhaust fans tend to be an afterthought even though poor ventilation can lead to mold, mildew, cracked paint and wallpaper. In other words, you need to remove excess humidity from showers and baths with proper ventilation. By upgrading your exhaust fan you’ll have better air quality and a cleaner bathroom. Win-win all around!
A curbless shower, with as little glass enclosure as possible, is the epitome of a spa-like retreat. If your bathroom is big enough, ponder this as an option. While this modern aesthetic may not be for everyone, consider that a curbless set-up with minimal glass also means:
- Easier to clean without the shower door
- Accessible for any age
- Improved sightlines to tile and stone work
- Illusion of bigger bathroom and shower
His & Hers Sinks
You’ll often hear your realtor point out the his-and-hers sinks when showing a home. For resale purposes, this may be an advantage as more than 60% of home buyers are couples according to a 2018 NAR report. Counter space is also important! If you add a vanity that accommodates two sinks it will provide enough storage to keep your countertop from cluttering.
Ultimately, the design you choose will depend on the amount of space you have in your bathroom. If you can accommodate it, this is a bathroom renovation must-have that you won’t regret.