A well-executed bathroom renovation can be an expensive endeavor, especially if you’re making major structural or design changes. So how do you know where to splurge in a bathroom remodel and where you can save a few bucks? Today, we’ll answer that very question so you can learn where to allocate money in your remodeling budget to get the best finished product.
Ways to Splurge In a Bathroom Remodel to Elevate Your Bathroom’s Design
You’ve probably heard that a bathroom remodel is one of the renovations that can add value to your home. While it’s true that a nicely designed bathroom stands out to potential buyers, it’s also important to think about what YOU want. This is especially true if you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future.
Below, we’ve outlined some areas to splurge in a bathroom remodel that can increase your own satisfaction with the end results but may also appeal to future buyers.
1. Transform your remodel with a tantalizing tile design.
Perhaps one of our favorite ways to splurge in a bathroom remodel is to use tile in a dramatic design. The way in which the tiles are arranged can sometimes be just as eye-catching as the colors used.
In this Irvine bathroom remodel, the shower stands out, thanks in part to an accent wall of navy blue modern mosaic tiles set in a chevron pattern. The colors blend perfectly with the Blue Lagoon shaker cabinets while the design adds to the room’s visual appeal.
In contrast, this Foothill Ranch primary bath shows off a tile backsplash in more muted tones. But the unique mosaic design, which also serves as an accent inside the built-in shower niche, adds depth and texture to a room with a subdued color palette.
2. Use open shelving for stylish displays.
The use of open shelves is common in kitchen remodels where homeowners have special dishes or other decorations they want to display. But why not use them in your bathroom, too? When thoughtfully crafted and placed, they can create an eye-catching design or add to the room’s overall vibe.
In this rustic master bath, floating shelves dot the 3D stacked stone accent wall behind the garden tub. While the shelves make a tasteful home for potted plants and other decorative items, the wood contributes to the room’s rustic theme.
3. Make a statement in the shower.
There’s something magical about the veining pattern that’s often found in natural stone. And fortunately for those who don’t want the higher price tag of stone, manufacturers have found a way to mimic the look in man-made materials like porcelain. Whether created from natural or manufactured materials, veined shower slabs make a stunning statement.
This Mission Viejo primary bathroom is a perfect example. Book-matched slabs of porcelain make a beautiful backdrop in the shower while the veins’ hues pair perfectly with the room’s overall color scheme.
4. Make room for a makeup station.
In a primary bathroom, where two people could be using the space at one time, a designated makeup vanity makes a lot of sense. Where that vanity is placed can also make a huge difference in how well this private space functions. Some bathrooms are large enough where the vanity can be placed in a central location without interfering with traffic flow. In others, it’s better to tuck the vanity into a corner to maximize space usage or increase the feeling of privacy.
In this Mission Viejo bathroom remodel, a makeup corner makes perfect sense. There’s ample room for someone else to use the sink nearby and the makeup area gets bathed in lots of natural light from the corner windows.
5. Separate the toilet in its own water closet.
Primary bathrooms need to feel comfortable and luxurious, but they also need to be functional. That’s why separating the toilet in its own little room makes our list of ways to splurge in a bathroom remodel.
Tucking a toilet behind a pocket door, or even creating a more sizable water closet, can be a great way to add functionality to a beautiful design. The toilet itself won’t mar the aesthetics you’re looking to achieve. And, it will also be easy for two people to simultaneously use the bathroom without having to sacrifice privacy.
Plan Your Bathroom Remodel with the Orange County Remodeling Professionals
Maximizing function while ADDING to your room’s visual appeal can be a challenging task. In fact, it’s a job that often requires some help from the pros. When you work with a design professional, it’ll be easy to see where to splurge in a bathroom remodel for ultimate results. And, you’ll learn where to save so you can stay within your remodeling budget.
At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we’ve been helping Orange County homeowners design and create beautiful spaces for almost 40 years. From Newport Coast and Anaheim to Dana Point, Monarch Beach, and everywhere in between, we’ve completed a wide variety of bathroom remodels throughout Orange County and your home could be next!
Learn more about the work we do by browsing through our online portfolio of completed projects. Or, visit us in person at our kitchen and bath showroom. You can also register for one of our upcoming remodeling webinars to get helpful tips from the home renovation pros.
Then, when you’re ready to start planning your own bathroom remodel, simply give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.