Toilets Are King: Bath Upgrades with Bling

Doug and Sally knew that the single bath in their Park Hill fixer-upper would be inadequate for their family of five. However, the unfinished attic and the solarium that stretched across the back of the home offered great solutions. This was the home where they would raise their 3 children. The home where, a few years from now, the girls would vie for bathroom time before school, dates, and other special events.According to Farrah Shoppach, a Realtor at O’Neal Real Estate, it’s not as much about how many baths, but how many toilets that attracts buyers. “A three/two is common. But a three/two and a half, now you have an upper hand!” If you’re living in a home that is ready for an update or wanting a fixer-upper investment property you’ll definitely want to consider how those bathroom updates are going to add value to the home.

“If you’re planning a remodel on your ‘forever’ home, where you see yourself living for years to come, my first piece of advice would be to do it for yourself,” Farrah advises. When you plan to live in that home for years to come, you can choose the colors and fixtures that suit your own personal taste. You might want more elaborate fixtures, lighting, and that coveted spa tub. However, if you plan on selling in the near future, you’ll want to take a different approach.

TIPS FROM THE PROs

Farrah suggests a more mainstream approach to your bath remodel if you are updating for the purpose of putting the house on the market. “If you’re updating for resale value,” she cautions, “talk to a Realtor first. They can give valuable insight on what the buyer is looking for as well as advice specific to your property. One thing you don’t want to do is sink a lot of money into an update only to find out it really didn’t add value to today’s buyer.”

Doug and Sally were able to discuss and get some remodel tips from their Realtor prior to purchasing their Park Hill home. Before placing their purchase offer, they already knew they could add a mud bath to the laundry room at one end of the 35 ft. solarium. On the other end, they could add a nice master bath with double sinks, shower for two and large walk-in closet. Upstairs, they envisioned a bath that situated nicely with the gabled walls.

Because of their realtor’s sound advice and insight into property values in the neighborhood, Doug and Sally approached their remodel knowing they were making a sound investment. They also knew the planned improvements would add value to their family lifestyle and future resale.

Steven Shoppach, Farrah’s husband, is a partner at Show Ready Renovations, and also a Realtor with ONeal Real Estate. At Show Ready, Steven specializes in remodels that add value to both homeowners and investors. He takes a timeless approach to bathroom remodels. “Fixture finishes can date a house. I encourage homeowners who are updating for resale to choose fixtures that are timeless. Satin, brushed nickel or even chrome don’t date the remodel. Solid surface counters are also a good choice,” Steven suggests.

And, about those toilets. That extra half bath is a real asset. Maybe it’s off a hallway or an addition to the laundry or mud room. Maybe there’s an oversized closet that can give up a small portion to wall off for a toilet and lavatory. If the house is on a slab, the project takes on a whole other life, but if the house has a crawl space, adding a bathroom can become a reality in short order. Steven also prefers the newer 1.3 gallons per flush toilets as they are not only cost effective but more efficient than the old five-gallon tanks. “That simple change out, could save the homeowner hundreds in the long run, and adds an instant update”.

In addition to toilets and fixtures, Steven also recommends adding a touch of bling to the bath project. “Let’s face it. Ladies enjoy a relaxing bath time. Why not enhance that experience with a touch of bling. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant expenditure. A mini-chandelier, ornate drawer pulls, or pretty towel bars add just the right touch.”

MANAGE THE EXPENSES

Your bath remodel doesn’t have to break the bank. Perhaps all you really need is to convert that tub into a shower enclosure. Maybe you’d like a nice tub to replace the shower. Or, what about upgrading that ugly mildewed tub and adding a separate shower enclosure? Bath Planet offers an alternative to the traditional gut and remove. Often at a fraction of the cost.

Bath Planet’s Geneva Crouse explains, “Our professional assesses the needs of the client, takes all the measurements, and then we customize the enclosure for the client at our facility. When construction is complete, the install usually takes no more than a day, though some installs may take longer.” Each install is guaranteed and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Whether you choose a traditional gut and replace remodel or simply want to update an existing enclosure, there are options to fit every budget. Your remodel also offers the perfect opportunity to upgrade old plumbing, especially if you’re living in an older home that has never had an upgrade. Your remodel will add years of enjoyment and convenience for your family. That lovely master bath in Sally and Doug’s Park Hill home…it sports a lovely crystal chandelier. And the bling is absolutely the perfect touch.