Surprisingly enough, improving your house’s bathroom(s) is among the best ways in which you can add value to your home. Such improvements could range from something as small as simply ensuring that there are a sufficient number of well-placed electrical outlets – ideally, a twin set that could be used to create “his and hers”-style stations – all the way up to a complete renovation, complete with brand new fixtures and improved plumbing.
When doing this, make sure to take into account the type of bathroom: are you planning to improve the master bathroom? A guest bathroom? Or does your house have a single bathroom for general use? In cases where the main bathroom and/or the guest bathrooms are on the house’s main floor, privacy dictates that these bathrooms not adjoin the either kitchen or the living room. In upgrading main bathrooms, include plenty of drawer and cupboard space! Ideally, a bathroom will have one drawer for each bedroom in the house, as well as enough draw space to hold everything that is currently on the counter.
Over the past 20-30 years or so, master bathrooms have become luxurious spaces, including such amenities as jetted-tubs, separate rooms for toilets, showers with glass stalls, and plenty of light and storage space. The “his and hers”—style sinks are a necessity, and a separate shower is always a plus. For the tub, only install one that meets your needs — if you and your better half are not keen on soaking up the suds together, you might as well get the single-user model.
As a rule, the quality the furnishings in your bathroom should match that of the furnishings in the other rooms in your home. That being said, there are some features that will not add value. A $20,000, multi-headed shower, complete with LED lighting in a variety of colors and built-in speakers is not worth it unless you really can’t live without it. They may be fun, but they don’t do much for the house’s value. By contrast, adding a fireplace, heated floors, or a steam shower to your bathroom can increase not only your enjoyment of your bathroom, but also the value of your house.