Your bathroom is the first thing you see every day. Bleary-eyed and groggy. And you are tired of it! What can you do? First, come up with between $6,000 and $15,000, which is the low-end cost most homeowners can expect to pay for a moderate bathroom makeover this year. Then consider the following upgrades many of which can be completed by a handy “Do It Yourself” enthusiast such as yourself! 😉
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1. Flashy Finishes: When it is time to upgrade the industrialized look of your bathroom, a new finish to fixtures will put an exclamation point on any bathroom decor.
Chrome is still the shiny finish of choice, but the market leader is being elbowed by brass and copper and nickel and oil-rubbed metals. Depending on your taste, a finish can be shiny or matted, or even textured! The customized finishes can run from $40 for chrome to over $500 for nickel fixtures.
ROI: Your return on investment is the pleasure you get with handling a beautiful spigot handle several times every day.
2. Fancy Faucets: You can get a quick jolt to the look of your bathroom with an eye-catching new faucet. Go with a modern update of the classic spouts or search for antique replicas that are constructed from solid brass or nickel. An import from Europe can release your inner avant-garde. Expect to pay many hundreds of dollars more than your average water spout. Put on all the fancy fixings and an new sink complex can run in the range of $5000.
ROI: You may not get all your money back but an updated look on your faucet will absolutely raise the value of your bathroom.
3. Saucy Sinks: The sink will often be the style leader in any bathroom makeover. A pedestal sink will give a old-timey look to a bathroom as will a console sink with basin and legs.
Note the handy lack of under-sink storage space with these models. Textured drop-in sinks impart a contemporary look and feel. A countertop vessel sink with waterspout can make a statement about the American frontier or an upscale European resort. Price options range from $100 and up.
ROI: A sink replacement will likely be part of an overall bathroom decor overhaul which seldom pays for itself.
4. Welcome storage: It is easy to get carried away with the glamorous options to outfit a bathroom and forget about the importance of storage. A vanity cluttered with cosmetic bottles and stacks of toilet paper on the water closet comprise any decor.
New cabinets can cost as much as $2,000 to be installed if a lot of custom woodworking is required for tight spaces and depending on the woods selected. At the low end expect to pay between $1,200 and $3,500.
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ROI: The full cost may not be recouped at sales time, but the utility of bathroom storage space is priceless.
5. Elbow Room:
Why would you punish yourself like this!?
That space premium holds for counter space as well. The days of the double sink have vanished in favor of more counter space. The range of vanities is limited only be the imagination, from high style to refinished salvage models. Installing countertops at the low end will cost between $900 and $2000.
ROI: New buyers always like to see extra space that can be used to plop things down on. Modestly-priced vanities will likely pay for themselves both in current use and future value.
6. Smart Lighting: Bathrooms are workspaces above all – shaving, makeup application, etc. Lighting should always be functional, but it can be attractive as well. First off, do not put a light above the bathroom mirror since it will cast shadows onto the face.
Start by making sure all task lighting is properly oriented over the toilet and shower and then turn to accent lighting and decorative lighting for visual impact. New lighting fixtures can be installed for under $1000 or as much as $4000.