Any remodeling project in your home creates a mixed bag of emotions. There is the excitement and anticipation of finally stepping into your envisioned room. Then there is the dread of uprooting the entire household while the work is completed. The good news is that your new custom bath will be worth the upheaval after the dust settles. You may, however, have to find a way to settle the dispute about who gets to take the first shower!
Determining where to invest your money depends on what your future goals are. When we discuss Return on Investment or ROI, it is often assumed that it equates to the extra cash you will receive when you sell your home. Over or under-investing during an upgrade could decrease your ROI if you plan on selling in the next few years. What if you don’t plan on selling your home soon? Is that investment still worth it? The answer is yes. If having an updated bathroom allows you to be more comfortable in your home, then you will see that ROI for as long as you live there. Here are a few areas that will get you the most in return, whether you plan to sell or not.
Develop a Plan with the Right Contractor
The number one thing to do for any investment decision is to plan. We have so many helpful resources literally at our fingertips today. Completing research on the best products and companies available is vital to having a positive outcome. When you engage with a reputable contractor, they will assist you during the planning process. They may recommend places to visit to select things like custom tiles or shower doors. There may be websites they recommend visiting to find the best vanity. They can discuss and design updated floor plans or solve storage problems when they walk through your space. Ultimately, establishing that relationship will give you all the tools you need to walk into your beautiful new custom bath finally.
For Bathroom Remodels, Tile is Timeless (Sometimes)
Certain products feel luxurious. Stepping into a large tile shower can feel like you are at a spa. Even if you do not have the space for a separate tub and shower, having tile on your shower walls makes your bathroom appear more updated. When thinking about ROI, choosing the best tile is essential. It’s easy to fall in love with the most recent trend and select tiles that match that, but what happens when that trend is no longer here? Your modern bathroom has become outdated. Work with your contractor and local tile distributor to select something that works for your home now and into the future. If you live in a modern or farmhouse-style home, perhaps a simple white subway tile would stand the test of time. Homes on the water may be able to have a tile shower that has a few nautical accents. Log cabins and other rustic homes could go with earthy-colored tiles to match their décor.
Smart Upgrades in Technology
Today’s homeowners are embracing technology in their homes. Everything from smart outlets to whole house systems is becoming the norm. Don’t forget about technology when discussing your custom bath with your contractor. Research options like smart mirrors, Bluetooth exhaust fans, smart showers, and touchless faucets to find cool things to integrate into your design. If you decide to sell, your home will appear more modern and advanced to potential buyers. Having updated technology will make your life simpler and potentially cost-effective if you choose to stay. Either way, investing in technology will give you a good return on your investment.
Invest in Upgraded Items
There are so many elements that go into a custom bath remodel. Selecting everything from the tiles for your tile shower to the type of handle you want on your shower door can be overwhelming. It may seem easier to choose a faucet or new toilet from a big box store and be done with it. Depending on your budget and time, this may be your best option. However, when considering ROI, investing a bit more money in upgrades will help you see a bigger return (both in money and time.) Find a vanity that does not come in a box, choose faucets that feel heavier, and choose lighting that works and is stylish.
Don’t Forget Storage
People need a lot of storage in their bathrooms, which is often a smaller space. When you are thinking about your design plan, don’t overlook this fact. Get creative with your contractor and find ways to build storage into the plan. It may be an oversized linen closet if you have the space or a corner shelf if you don’t. Either way, storage is essential for your future ROI. It will also make your custom bath much more enjoyable for you and your family.
When you are ready to invest in a custom bath that gives you a good return on your investment, the Siefken Contracting team is here to get you started. Contact Us to schedule an appointment with one of our bathroom remodeling experts.