Bathroom remodeling in Orange County has been a favorite job of ours for over three decades. While styles change from time to time, the overall goal remains the same – design bathroom upgrades that give homeowners a fully functional space that’s also beautiful to be in and to look at!
With that in mind, people often ask us exactly how to do that without wrecking their remodeling budget. In other words, what bathroom upgrades are worth putting a little extra money toward? Let’s take a look at the answer to that question and then you can decide for yourself!
High Value Bathroom Upgrades You May Want to Consider
#1: Natural Lighting – Skylight or High Window
There’s nothing quite like natural light in a bathroom to help create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. But, a large picture window won’t exactly do the trick if you live in a populated neighborhood – that would create more of a privacy issue!
Instead, what we’re talking about here is allowing natural light to come in from above, either from a skylight or high wall window. Both options allow plenty of light to fill the space without having to worry about privacy. A skylight or window addition will require more planning, of course. And, you’ll need to evaluate whether or not sunlight streaming in from above will raise the temperature of the room too much. Your remodeling contractor can help you explore the pros and cons to determine what’s best for your specific renovation.
#2: Custom Bathroom Cabinets
Having ample storage space is important for many areas of your home. When things can be tucked away out of sight, your home will feel neater and be easier to clean. Storage in the bathroom is especially important as you’ll want clear countertops so you can easily keep up with regular cleaning and disinfecting.
Many bathrooms, however, are notorious for small or oddly shaped spaces. But, that’s where custom cabinetry comes in! Custom-built storage spaces can be tailored to your specific needs, leaving you with an aesthetically pleasing design and all the functionality you want.
#3: Mirror Mirror On the Wall
While we’re on the topic of storage space, have you ever considered a mirrored cabinet to hold all your small toiletry items? When planned as part of your remodel, this is one of those bathroom upgrades that’s relatively simple but can make a huge difference in keeping your bathroom neat and tidy. You can always choose a surface-mounted cabinet, of course, but planning ahead is essential if you want a space-saving cabinet that’s recessed in the wall.
#4: Moisture-Sensitive Exhaust Fan
Bathrooms and wet rooms are the rooms in your home with the highest moisture content, and for good reason! But, if you’re not careful, that moisture can turn into mold or mildew very quickly. There are a variety of exhaust fans that will do the job of removing excess moisture and odors from the room. However, one that senses the humidity in the room can be especially helpful as it will turn on automatically once the humidity reaches a certain threshold.
#5: Built-in Bath or Shower Niches
If you’re having a ready-made shower installed in your bathroom remodel, you’ll likely have to put up with using its narrow shelves to hold shampoo and soap. But, if your remodeling contractor is already creating a custom-tiled shower for you, think about including a built-in shower niche.
A custom shower niche creates the perfect space to hold all your small bathing necessities without encroaching on your actual shower space. And, it’s the perfect opportunity to add some contrasting tiles that will really make the design pop. A built-in or stand-alone tub can benefit from a wall storage niche as well, since it will very likely have little to no storage space on its own.
How to Choose the Best Bathroom Upgrades
Ultimately, the bathroom upgrades you choose depend on these factors:
- Your overall space requirements and/or wants
- The overall bathroom design
- The functionality you hope to achieve
- Your bathroom remodeling budget
At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we’ve been helping Orange County residents create beautiful and functional spaces for over 35 years. With our exceptional design-build team and award-winning designers, we’re ready to help you with your bathroom upgrades and remodeling. Simply give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.