When you are planning to do some serious remodeling in your home, you should ask yourself what else you could do at the same time. As you look at a bedroom and plan to redesign it, creating an en suite bathroom is one of the best decisions you could make. Your home’s improved convenience, comfort and resale value make it an obvious choice.
Improve Home Resale Value
You want a good return on your investment for any home improvement project, and creating an en suite bathroom is a good choice to make. Not only do you increase your convenience in the home, you can expect to regain well over half of what you paid. Resale is important because you always want to have your renovation project pay for itself at least partially. For example, getting rid of a third bedroom to create a walk-in closet is not necessarily going to net you the same kind of return. Adding a bathroom, especially when the house only has one, pays off in more than just an increase to your home’s resale value. You get marketability and more options than you might have expected.
Compete with the Neighborhood
While the home improvement project’s increase of home resale value is certainly an important consideration, there is another factor that is harder to quantify. If there are several homes for sale in the area, the ones with the best features will get plenty of showings and more offers. If your home does not have a master bathroom and the others do, you simply may not be able to compete with buyers for those homes. Most buyers these days expect a master suite, so this upgrade is more than just added value. It’s more like a guarantee that you will at least have a chance at selling when you decide to do so.
Get Exactly What You Want
When you install an en suite bathroom, you get the ability to design it to be the haven you deserve. Don’t have enough room for a full bathroom? No problem. Bathrooms with shower only could take up much less space. On the contrary, if you have a lot of space that is not used very efficiently, you could turn it into a bathroom sanctuary with separate tub and shower, dual sinks and plenty of storage. Look at your renovation project holistically, and see how creating an en suite bathroom might solve a great deal of problems in your home. You might be surprised to see how easy it is to make it a reality.
When it comes to home improvements, you can’t go wrong with an en suite bathroom. Adding a bathroom improves your home’s marketability and resale value. It also speeds the flow of the house and makes you happier with your home.
Once you decide that you want to add an en suite bathroom in your home, it’s time to speak to an architect to make sure you’re getting the best quality renovation possible. As you know, long gone are the days of sharing a bathroom with the kids or guests—private accommodations reign supreme. If you’re looking to give your en-suite bathroom a facelift, it’s a good idea to find some inspiration before you begin. Additionally, it’s important that you do your research and find a reputable architect who can complete your project flawlessly.
Here are 5 questions to ask an architect before renovating your en suite bathroom:
- What will the renovation cost and should you budget for unexpected problems?
Renovations will always vary in price depending on the materials you choose, fixtures, lighting, furniture pieces, and labor. If you plan on doing the work yourself, it can lower some costs, but you will still need professionals for the more complex jobs like plumbing and electric.
When discussing your en-suite with an architect, find out what they expect the renovation to cost. Most bathroom renovations cost on average between $10,000 and $15,000. It’s always better to budget for extra expenses just in case. In addition, put money aside for any unexpected problems that could range from mold to poor plumbing and even dangerous wiring. Having part of your budget set aside for surprise problems will give you peace of mind.
- What materials do they plan on using?
Once your architect knows your budget, they can begin creating a functional layout for your space. If you want to keep your budget on the lower end, they will adjust their plans to fit your needs. An architect is there to take your needs and wants in a space and turn them into a real design that also fits within the budget and space constraints. They will advise you on what materials will work best in your space while still focusing on the aesthetics.
- What timeline are they working with?
Professionals who are in construction and renovation fields will tell you that good work takes time. Don’t expect an architect to come in and complete your project in two weeks. The average renovation can take several weeks due to multiple factors. Materials need to be ordered and delivered. Electricians and plumbers need time to complete their specialties, and with their work schedules always hectic, unfortunately, you are at their mercy of when they can come in to complete your job. Additionally, certain permits from your town may need to be ascertained before a job can begin, so keep that in mind when building a timeline. Make sure that you are prepared for several weeks of work, and don’t go into a meeting with an architect with unrealistic expectations.
- Do they fully understand your lifestyle and what you want?
In order to create a space that works best for you, an architect needs to understand your lifestyle and what you want out of your space. This means that communication is key to getting a professional to understand your sensibilities. Good architects will listen to client desires and non-negotiable items and do their best to incorporate those features. However, if for some reason an architect cannot include something, they should communicate that issue with you to see if there are any alternatives you would be interested in researching.
- Who will you be dealing with on a daily basis? One specific architect or someone from their firm?
Depending on the architect, you may or may not be directly working with them on your project. For the initial discussion of the project and your needs, a specific architect should be communicating and meeting with you directly. Once you move into the renovation and construction stage, they might hand the project over to another associate from their firm. Sometimes this can throw people off if they expected to work with a specific person throughout the project only to find out that another professional has stepped in. So, if you want to work with one professional, make it known during the initial stages that you want them available for the duration of your project.
Renovations can be stressful, but with the right professional, it can make everything run smoothly. Have candid conversations with the professionals you plan on utilizing for your renovation, and the outcome will be exactly what you desire.
Once you understand why having an en suite bathroom is beneficial and what to ask when searching for an architect to complete the project, it’s time to start the renovation. An en-suite bathroom renovation is often one of the smallest redesign projects in terms of space. But in terms of strategy, planning, and complexity, it’s a big undertaking. Between the layout, spacing, electrical, plumbing, and more, it requires a lot of planning and hard work. Here are a few of our top tips for successfully completing an en suite bathroom renovation:
- Be open to leaving some of the older elements in place
Even though the goal of a bathroom renovation is usually to make your space more modern and sleek, uprooting some of the current design and functional elements of your bathroom can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth—especially if you’re remodeling an older house. It may not be necessary, but be prepared to leave some of the older touches or finishes, as long as they’re still functional, because they may be expensive and labor-intensive to take out.
- Hire an architect to help you understand your space
Hiring a professional is an important step in understanding your current space and the possibilities of a remodel. While some bathroom redesigns are purely decorative, true renovations often include brand-new appliances, counters, toilets, bathrooms, and more. Planning on all-new features, especially if you’re updating a space that hasn’t changed in a long time, means deciding on new styles, layout, and more. People often plan to keep the same layout and just replace everything, but that could cause problems if your new features are different sizes than what you currently have in your bathroom. Plus, the possibility of a brand-new layout allows you the freedom to explore new features, like a corner sink, or replacing a bathtub with a space-saving shower, that you wouldn’t have thought about before.
Though it’s perfectly fine to keep your current layout, a brand-new one may be better for your renovation to make your space as efficient and accessible as possible. We highly recommend hiring an architect to help you understand what’s possible with your space and find the best layout for you—especially once you’ve picked out new appliances and design features, like a bathtub or shower and sink, that are likely different sizes than what you have now.
- Prioritize optimal air flow through your bathroom
The layout and features of your new bathroom aren’t just decorative. Making sure they’re optimized for airflow is really important to prevent mold, mildew, and other undesirable consequences as much as possible. Having more than one way to air your bathroom out is a good place to start. Think carefully about the placement of windows, vents, and fans, and make sure no part of your bathroom is blocked from receiving adequate air flow.
Our final piece of advice isn’t a design tip, but an important piece of wisdom: Be ready to be uncomfortable for a while while the renovation takes place. Whether you’re planning a DIY renovation or hiring professionals to come in, the placement and function of your en suite bathroom means that there will be a lot going on very close to where you sleep, get ready, and more. Essentially, it’s one of the more invasive remodels (but of course, it’s worth it!). Understand that you may be displaced for a few weeks, and make sure you prepare for this so you’re not surprised by having to sleep or shower somewhere else while the renovation is going on. But don’t worry—once you’re done, you’ll love your new space!
Lastly, we can’t forget design. One of the most important things to think about when it comes to creating an en suite bathroom is the design style that you would like for this addition. It’s no secret that bathrooms and kitchens are what truly sell homes. If you aren’t in the market to sell your home, then you can make personal touches and additions to your en-suite bathroom. If you don’t have an en-suite and are creating one from scratch, this is your time to really customize this room with anything and everything you could ever want. The sky’s the limit for what you can do in a bathroom as long as your budget will allow for the splurge. Here are some of our favorite design ideas for your en suite bathroom:
Storage is a big-ticket item in bathrooms, so having ample space to hide hair products, makeup, and first aid is imperative for a clean and organized look. And don’t forget the necessary bathroom items such as tissues, toilet paper, bath towels, hand towels, and face towels. Storage is key to maintaining a retreat-like atmosphere and keeping all toiletries organized. You can accomplish this with vanities that have multiple storage areas, free-standing storage units, or even built-in linen closets.
The one thing that sells people on bathrooms are double sinks and counter space. The biggest issue couples face in the bathroom is not having enough space to brush their teeth or wash their face while their partner is doing the same. Having double basins is not only a great resale value, but it’s a value that will keep you sane. You don’t have to elbow anyone out of your way in the mornings, but instead have your own space to get ready.
Free-standing tubs & glass-enclosed showers
Nothing completes a full en-suite like a beautiful tub to serve as a focal point in the room. After a long day of work, you can spend some quality time relaxing with a glass of wine and perhaps a few candles as you soak away the stress. If you are looking for further relaxation, you could splurge on a jetted tub, which would bring an added touch of style, not to mention it will be great for your muscles.
If you aren’t a huge bath fan, a glass-enclosed shower is sure to make you feel like royalty. Glass-enclosed showers allow for maximum light to permeate throughout the space and can even help your en-suite seem larger. Glass-enclosed showers are a big trend in design, and they add an extra sense of elegance and a spa-like feel to your bathroom.
There are so many details that can make your en-suite unique, but one of the more prominent features are the materials you use. Tile comes in a variety of designs, textures, and types that lends itself to mixing and matching, creating a completely customizable experience. Some of the current trends in tile are wood-like tiles, stone tiles, and larger tiles. Tile that mimics wood provides a sense of warmth in your bathroom, and you can get the look of wood without the hassle of worrying about moisture. Stone tiles provide a cozy grand feeling, without the price tag. And larger tiles create a more modern look and limit grout lines, which can be great for those who aren’t keen on scrubbing their floors often.
Other places to consider different materials are sink basins, vanity countertops, shower doors, and even faucets. Sinks can be made out of a plethora of materials such as porcelain, glass, ceramic, concrete, metal, and even stone. So don’t think you have to go with a run-of-the-mill sink. Countertops can also be varied with numerous supplies and textures that can make the space special. Also look into different types of metals for faucets to serve as your focal point and to add a punch of distinctive taste.
Whether you’re looking to redesign your outdated bathroom or simply dreaming of a new space, find what speaks to you. Knowing the latest trends can give you inspiration when designing your en suite bathroom space and can even lead you to creating a room you never want to leave.
Taking on a renovation project as big as installing an en suite bathroom can be very overwhelming, but the reward in the end will make it worth it. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your en suite bathroom renovation with a professional, contact our team today.