Given the average person spends a total of a year and a half of their life in the bathroom, according to ImproveNet, it’s important this space is functional, up to date, and comfortable. Which bathroom remodel benefits are most important to you?
According to designers with Callen Construction, Inc., if a bathroom is not accessible, sorely lacks storage space, the toilet predates the Energy Policy Act of 1992, or if various design elements are stuck in the ’70s, it’s safe to assume the bathroom is outdated and is in desperate need of renovation. Beyond aesthetics, there are other valuable benefits to reap when bringing a bathroom into the 21st century, including enhanced energy efficiency, increased home resale value, and improved storage space.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American homeowners could save approximately 93 billion gallons of water and $1.3 billion in energy costs annually if one in 10 homes upgraded their full-sized bathrooms with water saving fixtures,. So, not only does creating an eco-friendly bathroom have a positive impact on the environment, but it save homeowners money as well.
For example, simply opting for a low flow toilet that uses less than the mandated 1.6 gallons of water per flush, a motion sensor sink faucet, a water-saving showerhead, a digital shower system, and LED lightbulbs will drastically minimize reliance on water and electricity. This is significant given the bathroom is a home’s largest consumer of indoor water use, according to the EPA. In fact, the EPA reports the toilet alone accounts for 27% of a household’s water usage.
Today’s potential home buyers prioritize updated bathrooms on their list of must-haves. Therefore, it’s important a home’s bathrooms are contemporary and desirable to prospective home buyers, especially if the owner plans on selling the home in the foreseeable future. Plus, bathroom remodel benefits will add significant value to a home. In fact, the resale value of a bathroom remodel is 102%, according to HGTV. Not only do homes featuring updated bathrooms sell for a higher price, but they also tend to sell faster.
Another advantage of a bathroom remodel is increased storage, as many older bathrooms lack the necessary space to comfortably accommodate all family members. Modern bathrooms tend to be larger and adopt smart storage designs, such as vanities that feature plenty of drawers, extra cabinets, and built-in closets. Some homeowners even opt to incorporate the washer and dryer in the bathroom since they can be conveniently hooked up to the existing plumbing system.
Even if the bathroom is on the smaller side, storage towers, shelving, and wall cabinets are all viable options. Ample bathroom storage allows homeowners to house towels, toiletries, and other items out of sight, so the counterspace can remain free of clutter. This leaves room for more decorative touches, such as plants, candles, or ornate soap dispensers.
For everything from bathroom and kitchen remodeling to a complete interior renovation, Callen Construction has you covered. Call Callen at 414-765-2585 to discuss bathroom remodel benefits, or complete our online form for a free consultation on your next home remodeling project.