When it’s done right a revamped bathroom can add upwards of $100,000 to the value of your home, according to some property experts.
Renovation brothers Simon and Shannon Vos, winners of The Block 2014 and Beaumont Tiles ambassadors, have these tips to help maximise the return on your next bathroom renovation:
Simple space savers: “As a starting point, I always begin by using a toilet with a wall-recessed cistern to remove unnecessary clutter from the walls and give the illusion of space,” Shannon said. “Complement this with a clean straight-lined sink like Beaumonts’ Belinda Semi Rec Basin as this will continue to elongate and streamline the overall look of the bathroom.
“Then pair with a floating vanity to further open the ground-level floorplan.”
When selecting your wall or floor tile, consider a tile with movement, colour variation and texture in the design, as opposed to a solid pattern.
Adding value without the big bucks: A professional plumber by trade, Simon said often the basic layout of a bathroom is fine. It’s the details in the fixtures, fittings and coverings that create unnecessary bulk.
“I like to replace old outdated taps with new refreshed models and if in doubt opt for a clean thin model, just remember to keep the tap’s configuration the same,” he said.
Storage is key: “You need to be strategic with storage from your shelving right through to your vanity,” Shannon said.
“Build into the walls of your bathroom if need be, and try building shelving into your shower wall, next to your bath or above the vanity. Choose a profile that won’t add bulk to your overall design.”
Magic mirrors: “Never underestimate the power of a large and strategically placed mirror,” Simon said. “It can open up a space in an instant and also inject a touch of much-needed light.”
Mirrors also have the ability to expand walls, amplify existing light or break up visual clutter.