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6 Upgrades To Consider For Your Next Bathroom Remodel

While remodeling can sometimes seem like a hell from which there is no end, remodeling can not only make your life more convenient, but it can also seriously increase the value of your home. One of the best upgrades you can do for a home is a bathroom remodel. Whether it’s a simple remodel that involves new paint, wallpaper and fixtures, or an entire overhaul that includes adding a bath or shower, walls, closets or other structural changes, bathroom remodels can be a great opportunity to take advantage of some of the latest bathroom trends and features. Here are 6 upgrades to consider for your next bathroom remodel.

Maximize storage

While the average American home has more than doubled in size over the last 60 years, storage continues to be at a premium, with self-storage being a $30 Billion a year industry.

Bathroom storage in particular tends to be at a premium based on the number of personal items each member of the household needs for individual use. From towels to toothbrushes to personal hygiene products, finding room to store it all is a never-ending task. You can maximize bathroom storage space by installing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. You can store items you don’t use often like humidifiers or heating pads on the higher shelves and daily-use items on the lower shelves.

Install a laundry center

Laundry units are no longer getting their own rooms and are migrating to areas where they are most needed, particularly in multi-level homes. Instead of lugging baskets of laundry up and down stairs, bathrooms are now a favored place for washers and dryers. Just throw your clothing in the washer when you’re ready to step in the shower and when the washer is full, throw some soap in and turn it on. You can keep a hamper nearby for whites or delicates and just throw the rest in the washer.

Break down the walls

While you can certainly expand or enlarge your bathroom, in this case breaking down the walls means shower doors and other barriers. Bathroom design in the 21st century is focusing more on ease of use than decor. Comfort-height toilets, side mount faucets, no threshold showers and combination shower/ bath wet rooms are all a part of modern bathroom design. Deluxe showers are also rising in popularity, so you may want to ditch the bathtub altogether in favor of a shower room with multiple heads or even a steam shower. Not only do these innovations maximize your space and make your bathroom appear bigger, but it can also make them ADA compliant, which can seriously increase your home’s resale value.

Advance technology

There are few areas in the home that technology is not touching and the bathroom is no exception. Whether it’s installing a shower head that is also a bluetooth speaker, mirrors and vanities that include docking stations or a flat screen in front of your soaking tub, technology is an important area to consider when redesigning or remodeling your bathroom.

Investigate radiant heat and towel warmers

While it makes sense to turn down the heat in the winter and put on a sweater to save on energy costs, the bathroom is the place where you may pay the highest price for your energy efficiency. Radiant heat, which emanates up from the floor, is the perfect solution. A bathroom is a relatively small space that doesn’t require a lot of energy to heat, but space heaters in the bathroom can be dangerous. With radiant heat, you can keep the bathroom toasty warm, while turning down the heat in the rest of the house. Towel warmers are also a relatively inexpensive luxury you can add to your bathroom to fight the winter chill. Not only will towel warmers warm your towels, but they can also generate enough heat to warm your bathroom if you don’t have radiant heat.

Install a fireplace

While sitting in a soaking tub in front of a fire may seem like a luxury only available to the uber wealthy, it might be more economical than you think. The national average for installing a gas fireplace is $1,951, while the average for wood-burning fireplace installation ranges between $838 and $3,102. On the low end, a wood burning fireplace can be installed for as little as $150, while on the high end installation can run as high as $5,508.

Needless to say, whether or not you choose to install a fireplace in your bathroom will largely depend on which end of that scale you fall on. Where you fall on the price scale will also depend largely on what your home is already configured for, such as whether or not gas lines are already installed that can be easily accessed from your bathroom or whether there is already an existing chimney.