When it comes to home improvement projects, upgrading the bathroom is usually the last priority. Considering how much time we spend in the bathroom (a year and a half over the course of our lives, to be exact), this is sort of a surprise. After all, if you knew you were going to live in a certain place for a year and a half, you’d want to make it as comfortable as possible – right?
Updating your bathroom can be a simple endeavor that results in as much as a 70% ROI when it comes time to sell your home. However, this usually involves more than replacing the shower head, re-glazing the tub, and slapping on a fresh coat of paint. With the technological advancements available to us today, you’ll want to consider actually modernizing it.
Adding some new, modern touches to your bathroom will make it a much more comfortable room – and a huge selling point when it comes time to put your home on the market. Without further ado, here are five upgrades that will bring your bathroom into the 21st century.
#1)Bidet Toilet Seat
Installing an actual bidet can be an intensive project, but a bidet toilet seat is a DIY-friendly feat that gives your bathroom a more, shall we say, European feel to it. And this much is true, bidets are a permanent fixture in most European bathrooms, despite their recent rise to popularity in the US.
Bidet toilet seats are far more hygienic than regular toilet seats and can save your household hundreds of dollars in toilet paper each year. Some have heated seats, self-cleaning capabilities, and a built-in deodorizer. It’ll definitely make one feel pampered.
#2)Tankless Water Heater
For the eco-conscious, this is a no-brainer. A tankless water heater is a more compact, cost-effective alternative to traditional water heaters. While initial installation costs a little more, they consume up to 30% less energy, ensuring a hefty payoff.
Furthermore, you can install a tankless water heater yourself. By mounting it in the same spot as your tank water heater and connecting it to the gas supply lines, you may be able to forego the high installation costs.
Pro tip: Larger homes may need more than one tankless water heater to supply hot water to the entire house.
We’ve spent years hearing about the germs that live on our sink knobs. Most commercial bathrooms have sensor faucets now, so why shouldn’t your home? Touch-free faucets only range from $100-$200, though the installation may need to be handled by a professional.
Touch-free faucets are both more hygienic and economical. There’s a less likely chance you’ll leave the sink running, or that it will develop an incessant drip. Sensor faucets quickly take your house from a “starter home” to a “smarter home”.
Consider converting your old tub/shower combo into one, large glass shower. Walk-in showers are a trendy bathroom upgrade many homeowners are looking for. Meanwhile, they’re also more accessible for individuals with mobility issues.
Make this feature even more opulent by adding a rain-style showerhead for overhead water flow. This will give your bathroom a touch of 21st century luxury that potential buyers will love. You can even turn your new spacious shower into a steam shower, giving it sauna-like capabilities by making it moisture-sealed and adding a small generator.
While this system does cost approximately $2,500 and up to have installed, you pretty much get two unique features (a large shower and a sauna) for the price of one.
In areas with cold climates, heated floors can be a lifesaver. It only costs about $600 per 100 square feet, making it a nominal yet worthwhile investment. Finding an experienced contractor for this job is essential, but it can be done relatively quickly.
Radiant flooring is even more cost-effective if your home has solar. You can use this to heat the floors, while possibly qualifying for state and local energy incentives.
Modernizing your bathroom shows potential buyers that you’re more than interested in outward appearance. It shows that quality is equally important to you – knowledge they will apply to the rest of your home, therefore enhancing its overall value.