Many more home owners are choosing to improve their home this year... Are you ready?

Remodeling is on the rise, we have seen an increase in both bathroom and kitchen remodeling this year some of the leading areas of NJ are as follows; Union County, NJ Summit- Berkeley Heights-Mountainside-New Providence-Springfield-Essex County Short Hills-South Orange-Livingston-Montclair-Upper Montclair-Caldwell-Millburn-Northfield-Cedar grove Morristown-Chatham-Montville-Morris Plains-Parsippany-Troy Hills-Florham Park

Pedestal Sink with beadboard in white bathroom

Pedestal Sink with beadboard in white bathroom

Remodeling an outdated bathroom is a sound investment, adding a second bathroom is another project that will help make a property significantly easier to sell: On average, American homeowners recoup 90 percent of their renovation costs at resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” report.

If you are considering selling anytime in the near-term, however, beware of bathroom renovations that some buyers might find more off-putting than appealing. “You can always add some fuchsia towels to the bathroom if that’s your color. From a marketability standpoint, however, the advice is against installing fuchsia tiles, stay neutral.

If pleasing prospective buyers and getting the greatest return on investment is a top priority, keep in mind the experts’ advice when renovating your bathroom:

Keep It Simple
“From a design perspective, clean and simple is always more marketable than anything that’s ornate or off the wall,” says, Bob Gockeler from KraftMaster Renovations.

Consider sticking with white fixtures and neutral color scheme if you really want to play it safe. For the floor, ceramic tile tends to bring the greatest return on investment.

Showers have surpassed whirlpool baths in popularity. But keep in mind that there are tub people and there are shower people. If you install only a shower, make it a roomy one-at least a 5-footer-so the next owners have the option of removing it and putting a tub in its place.

Shower Power
Handheld showerheads facilitate cleanup and are considered a “must have” by many remodeling professionals and homebuyers be sure to use quality products like Kohler

Handheld shower and rainfall shower

Handheld shower with rainfall shower, custom tiling.

Pause For Reflection
Anything you can do to make a bathroom feel bigger is a plus. A wall-to-wall, counter-to-ceiling mirror will make a small space seem much larger.

A wall-to-wall mirror works well with a double sink vanity because the reflective surface unifies the shared space. Clean, contemporary bathroom designs generally call for unframed or beveled mirrors.

Increasingly, however, bathroom designers seeking a more furnished look are mounting framed oval or rectangular mirrors above the sinks instead of flat, unframed mirror that extend from one end of the vanity to another.

Everything in its Place
Pedestal sinks look sharp but don’t offer storage or counter space. If you install one, don’t forget to add cabinetry or storage units.

Keep Style Consistent
Ideally, a bathroom should feel like an oasis. But that doesn’t mean you should forsake the style of the house to which it’s attached. Consistency is key: Don’t put a rustic timber mountain look in a 1950s-era brick ranch house.

Make A Wish List And Project Binder
Once you have determined your needs and identified any existing problems or issues you will want to correct with a new bath, start a “wish list” binder or project scrapbook. A great source of inspiration when it comes to designing your new bath, a project binder or scrapbook will also help keep you organized and focused.

Items to include:

  •   Design idea and trend articles clipped from magazines
  •   Information from consumer publications that rates products and building materials
  •   Pictures of attractive bathrooms from magazines and product literature
  •   Creative ideas for storing towels and toiletries, and for decorative items to personalize your new bath
  •   Product literature categorized by fixtures and faucets, cabinets and countertops, flooring, lighting and window treatments
  •   Paint samples and fabric swatches
  •   Business cards, newspaper ads, and the names and addresses of interior designers, builders, and retail suppliers
  •   A pad of paper for jotting down ideas, layout sketches, likes and dislikes

Use the Bathroom Planning Guide to identify those features your feel would add value or convenience to your new bath. Add it to your project binder for ready reference.

Creating a project binder-and visiting showrooms for further inspiration-will help you to better visualize what you want your new bathroom to look like. Ultimately, this will save a lot of time and guesswork as you move forward with your project.

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