When homeowners set out to do renovations, updating an old bathroom or adding a new one is usually on the list. Bathroom additions can add to the value of a home and provide growing families with more space. The National Association of Home Builders states that adding a bathroom to a single-family detached home has a strong impact on the home’s overall value.
Pick an Ideal Location
Your new bathroom will need water and plumbing, so it’s important to consider access to utilities when you plan for your bathroom addition, as it will have an impact on where you can successfully build. The least expensive choice is to place your new bathroom where there is already a water line, or in a spot easily accessible to your current plumbing system.
Plan Your Space Wisely
Take a look at the location where you want to include your bathroom addition and make an honest assessment of what you can fit in the space. Remodel or Move, a website focused on helping home owners decide whether to move or remodel their homes, suggests that adding a powder room or half-bath requires at least 18 square feet, a bathroom with a shower requires at least 30 square feet and one with a shower and a tub requires at least 35 square feet. If you plan to add a large tub, such as a hot tub, a sauna, dual showers or sinks, you may need to allocate additional space.
Choose Stylish Countertops
There are a wide variety of countertop options homeowners can select from as they build their bathroom additions. Such options include plastic laminate, ceramic and porcelain tile, Corian and solid surfacing, granite, composite stone and wood. Ilyce Glink, money and real estate author and blogger, says that ceramic, porcelain tile and natural stone are popular choices for bathrooms.
Incorporate Soothing Colors
Since many homeowners regard their bathrooms as spa-like oases, when selecting a color for your bathroom addition, stay away from bright, distracting colors. DeAnna Radaj, a design consultant, suggests that cool colors such as blue and green offer a calm vibe in a bathroom.
Make a Statement with Your Sink
While pedestal sinks are ideal for smaller spaces, larger bathrooms have more options, which can help your bathroom make a stylish statement. Vessel sinks are sleek and can give a bathroom addition a modern look. These freestanding sinks sit on top of the bathroom countertop, often giving the appearance of a bowl, although they are available in a variety of shapes to suit your personal style and the decor in your bathroom. They are available in stone, stainless steel, glass, marble, china and bronze, to name a few.
Showers and Tubs
Bathtubs and showers are standard, but for an added effect, include special options when you select your shower and tub. Steam showers, double showers, whirlpool tubs with jets and handheld shower heads are all options homeowners can consider as they complete their bathroom additions.