6 Bathroom Upgrades You Should Do

The best part about bathroom remodel projects is updating old appliances and fixtures.

Which upgrades will mean the most in the long run, though, and is the cost worth it?

During one of our master bath renovations - it was a p-a-i-n-f-u-l six months of sleeping in another bedroom, crammed in, not knowing where anything in my bedroom space was.  The end result was so worth it!!

Here is a list of upgrades you should consider when remodeling your bathroom:

1. High Efficiency Faucets and Toilet

It's hard to think of even one reason why anyone wouldn't want to replace their faucets and toilet with more water efficient versions.

You can save energy and money with high efficiency faucets and toilets in your home, so they should be at the top of your list when considering which upgrades to bring to your bathroom remodel.

Over half of the water used in your house is wasted through the bathroom. There is always a toilet flushing, hands being washed, or a shower being taken. New high efficiency faucets can help you save 20% or more of the water that is just going down the drain.

Old toilets can run or need multiple flushes to clean the bowl, but newer models not only flush more productively, but do so more efficiently also. Save gallons of water per use with new energy efficient toilets.

2. Ventilation

Ventilation is important in many rooms of your house, but perhaps none more so than the bathroom. Poor ventilation can make all of your hard work remodeling be for nothing. All that moisture and humidity can wreak havoc on your fixtures, walls, and really everything. Mold, mildew, and bad smells are all products of poor ventilation.

Look for high-efficiency versions of bathroom ventilation fans that cut on automatically with a humidity sensor. This will ensure that the fan is being used when it needs to, and also help you avoid forgetting to turn the fan off after use.

3. Lighting

Updating the lighting in your bathroom can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom. It is a small touch that really pulls the whole remodel project together. Replace old florescent lighting with soft incandescent lights that give adequate light without feeling clinical, and don't forget your energy efficient bulbs.

4. Shower Perks

Replacing your shower head is perhaps one of the most joyous events in a bathroom remodel. Not only do new shower heads help you save on water, but they are more sanitary. Even better, a high quality shower head will make taking a shower absolute heaven.

A fun way to liven up an otherwise boring shower is to add the shower/sprayer option.  The sprayer attached to a bar has an added benefit - it makes cleaning the shower MUCH easier!  

5. Porcelain Tiling

Tiling can be a very expensive part of a bathroom remodel project. Depending on the size of your project, the tiling itself can cost thousands of dollars. If you have the room in your budget, however, using porcelain tiling on the surfaces of your bathroom is well worth the expense. Not only does it help the resale value of your home, it is a beautiful and timeless look that won't need to be replaced any time soon.

Our last master bath renovation results!

Our last master bath renovation results!

Not only does it help the resale value of your home, it is a beautiful and timeless look that won't need to be replaced any time soon.Updating your bathroom is perhaps the best part of the overall remodel. Some updates you can maybe cut costs on and do without, but some updates can really make a huge difference and be very worth the expense.

6. Vanity Updating

We have personally updated bathroom vanities in several homes.  Here's some of the ways we have updated the vanities:

  • Updating your old wall mirror to a designer fashion mirror
  • Changing vanity top to granite
  • Chalk painting the existing vanity cabinet
  • Updating the faucets (as mentioned above)
  • Updating the cabinet handles (Hobby Lobby is a great source for unique handles)