Roseann’s Corner: Value in the Bathroom

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This month we continue our series on investing in value by taking a closer look at bathroom remodels and addressing the following fan question:

“What areas do your team recommend I invest in when remodeling my bathroom?”

While project scales and designs differ from homeowner to homeowner, there are certain areas of the bathroom that deserve special attention for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Here we break down our advice on what bathroom features homeowners should consider investing in:

1. Plumbing

Plumbing is a crucial feature in every home, and particularly in the bathroom. From fixtures to interior rough-in, plumbing is a complicated yet necessary consideration when remodeling the bathroom, and can be approached in different ways depending on your budget. We often work with Delta products for our lavatory needs, from faucets to showerheads and everything in between, due to its manageable price point. We also recommend opting for chrome finishes when it comes to plumbing fixtures; chrome is a much cheaper finish than brass or bronze. It’s also sleek and luxurious, not to mention very trendy right now!

2. Tile

Similar to plumbing, tile is important for both visual appeal as well as functionality. While glass tile is popular, it’s also quite costly, and may not fit the budget of all homeowners. An easy and inexpensive solution is to incorporate glass tile as accent bands in your bathroom or shower walls. We’re also fans of subway tile, which creates a clean and luxurious look in your space. Some of our favorite brands are Daltile and its sub-branch American Olean, as well as the gorgeous Lunada Bay.
Bathroom Tile

3. Vanity

A vanity is a luxurious yet practical addition to any bathroom, particularly when remodeling the space to resemble a calming, spa-like retreat. The stunning vanity in our Hawaii Kai Harmony project is a wonderful addition that complements the overall design and color scheme of the master bath. Vanities come in many forms, from bespoke cabinetry to furniture pieces. Keep in mind, however, that when selecting a furniture piece as a vanity, you may need to retrofit it depending on the size and shape. Still, this is a small expense that makes a big difference!
Bathroom Vanity

4. Lighting

Once you’ve addressed the more functional aspects of your bathroom, next up for consideration is lighting. When selecting lighting fixtures, you want to strike a balance between visually appealing and practical. Take inspiration from the guest bathroom of our Bay House project, which features an LED lighting package as well as decorative lighting fixtures above the dual sink. The space also takes advantage of natural lighting that filters through the casement windows above the tub.
Bathroom Lighting

These are just a handful of recommendations for homeowners who are remodeling their bathrooms and looking to maximize their budget. For other remodeling tips, give us a call at (808) 263-8891! And stay tuned for next month’s e-newsletter, where we tackle the topic of where to invest when redesigning your living room.