6 Bathroom Renovation Must-Haves

Non-negotiables for your next renovation

When thinking about your next bathroom renovation must-haves what comes to mind? Is it heated floors or multiple spa-like shower heads? Whatever you’re dream bathroom looks like, there are always must-haves and then the rest. These 6 bathroom renovation must-haves will add value to your renovation and also keep it stylish and functional. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too!

Shower Bench

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. For anyone with mobility issues or injuries, this is a definite must-have for your renovation.

In-Floor Heating

Electric baseboard heat is the least efficient way of regulating temperature. Most homes on Vancouver Island don’t have the luxury of alternative heat sources so the number one solution for decreasing those energy bills is adding some in-floor heating to your bathroom.  Using the circuit from your baseboard heater, you can effectively heat up your bathroom flooring. Both tile and stone can retain heat – even after the power is turned off. Not only that, radiant heat is also spread out more evenly than with a baseboard heater. This allows you to feel the heat throughout the bathroom and not just near the heater itself.

Moreover, radiant heat can provide certain health benefits as well. Because an in-floor system is heating up the surface of the floor rather than using a fan to distribute hot air, you can reduce the amount of dust and allergens circulating within your home. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies this is a priceless addition to the bathroom renovation.

Overall, in-floor heating is a cost effective upgrade that adds value to your project and also increases the comfort level of your home.

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, add some dimmers to these lights to add that spa-like feel when you shower or bathe.

Sconces for your vanity add to your new bathroom design with a multitude of colours and decorative options. Most older homes have extremely outdated fixtures. If this is the case, putting a decent budget aside for new fixtures can dramatically change how your bathroom looks and feels. The fixtures should help accent your space and the look you’re trying to achieve rather than be so bold they take the attention away from any other details.

Check out what a couple of lighting experts recommend for your bathroom renovation lighting.

Upgraded Exhaust

Bathroom exhaust fans tend to be an afterthought even though poor ventilation can lead to mold, mildew, cracked paint and wallpaper. Vancouver Island tends to have higher humidity with it’s temperate climate. In other words, you need to remove excess humidity from showers and baths with proper ventilation. In effect you’ll have better air quality and a cleaner bathroom.  Win-win all around!

Curbless Showers

Glass gives beautiful detail to your bathroom with a luxurious, high-end look. So why would you ever ditch the glass shower frame? A curbless shower, with as little glass enclosure as possible, is the epitome of a spa-like retreat. If your bathroom is big enough, this is a look you might just have to buy into!  While this option may not be for everyone, a couple of points for minimal glass are:

  1. No squeegee after your shower
  2. It’s easier to clean without the shower door
  3. Accessibility for any age
  4. Open view to tile and stone work
  5. Makes your bathroom – and shower – look bigger

 

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 also be an advantage as more than 65% of home buyers are couples. It feels good to have your own space, especially when you have a busy lifestyle and need to use the bathroom at the same time. Counter space is also important! If you add a vanity that accommodates two sinks it will also 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.

If you have questions about your bathroom renovation contact us so we can come by for a complimentary consultation.