Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck with a bathroom remodel

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This is the third episode of Bob Vila’s Most Valuable Projects of 2022, a month-long series of high-ROI home improvements in kitchens, curbs, bathrooms and more. Each week we draw on our extensive library of informational content, vetted buyer’s guides and connections to industry experts to present the fundamentals of the top projects coming up this year.

A bathroom renovation not only makes a home more functional and aesthetic, but also increases the value of the property. Whether you’re planning to take your home on the market in the coming months or you just want to freshen up your space, a bathroom renovation is a smart financial decision.

If you’re undertaking any type of home improvement job, it’s important to consider whether the cost of the project will be recouped if you decide to sell your home. By considering the potential return on investment (ROI) before making a major financial commitment, you can prioritize projects that will pay off later and improve your daily life now.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost? This depends on various factors, especially the scope of the project. For example, according to the Remodeling 2022 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of a mid-range bathroom remodel is about $27,000. And homeowners can expect to resell nearly $16,000 of that cost back for an ROI of nearly 60 percent.

A small bathroom remodel or powder room update will likely be even more affordable. Luckily, you don’t have to add luxe fixtures or high-end features to reap the benefits — in fact, higher-priced, upscale bathroom remodels have a lower estimated ROI than modest refreshes.

Check out the following cost estimates, fixture comparisons, and expert-recommended shopping tips to help you determine the scope of your bathroom update and get the most bang for your buck when you put your plans into action.

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tub

One of the first decisions you need to make when renovating a bathroom is what type of bathtub you want to put in. Bathtubs come in many different shapes, sizes and styles and can be made from a range of materials. The right choice for you depends on the functionality, your taste and the space you need to work with. In the following articles you will find everything you need to know before buying a new tub.

Considerations before buying
What is the best bathtub size?
Popular types of bathtubs
The pros and cons of freestanding tubs
The best bathtubs of 2022
The average cost of replacing a tub

Shower

Showers can take many forms and choosing the right one has a huge impact on the functionality of a bathroom. Many homeowners opt for a traditional shower/tub combo, but in more spacious or modern spaces, they may choose to install a freestanding shower instead. There are several factors to consider when choosing a shower – from the square footage of your bathroom to budget, function and style – so we’ve put together everything you need to know about designing a shower for your upcoming renovation project, including how to install tiles and choosing the perfect shower head.

Tub vs. Shower: Which is Right for Your Remodel?
All about walk-in showers
The average cost of a shower remodel
How to install a shower tray yourself
The average cost of laying tiles
The do’s and don’ts of DIY tile installation
The best shower heads of 2022
How to install a shower head

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Toilet

Choosing a toilet may not be glamorous, but it is an essential part of any bathroom remodeling project. While it may seem like an easy decision, there are actually a variety of factors to consider before making a purchase. Water efficiency, cost, materials and installation complexity are all elements to keep in mind. Many may choose to hire a professional to replace their existing toilet, but it’s also possible to do the job yourself and save some money. The following articles will help you weigh the options for this project.

Considerations before buying
The best toilets of 2022
The average cost of toilet installation
Should you DIY or hire a pro to replace a toilet?
The dos and don’ts when replacing a toilet
How to install a toilet yourself

flooring

The floor covering is also an important element in a bathroom renovation. Tile is a popular choice for bathroom flooring, but the wide range of options can be overwhelming. First, sort out the differences between porcelain, ceramic, and other tile materials. Then consider whether or not underfloor heating is worth the extra investment.

Porcelain vs ceramic tile floor
The best bathroom tile of 2022
Everything about radiant heating floors
Important things to know before installing radiant heat
The average cost of installing underfloor heating

Bob Vila's Most Valuable Bathroom Remodeling Projects 2022 - Lighting and Ventilation

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vanity

One of the funnest parts of a bathroom remodel is designing a vanity. Here you can get organized with cabinets, shelves and other storage solutions to make the space as efficient and functional as possible. The vanity area is also an opportunity to introduce style and creativity in terms of colors, materials and finishes.

While there are important considerations to make when purchasing the vanity itself, planning a vanity setup also involves choosing a sink, faucet, and mirror to match. The articles below contain buying guides for each element of a bathroom vanity, as well as DIY instructions for installing and painting vanity cabinets.

The best bathroom vanities of 2022
The best bathroom mirrors of 2022
The best medicine cabinets of 2022
The best sinks of 2022
The best bathroom fixtures of 2022
The average cost of hiring a plumber
How to install the faucet yourself
How to paint bathroom cabinets

lighting and ventilation

Lighting and ventilation are the two most important components in any bathroom. To ensure your space is functional and safe, you need to choose the right lighting and ventilation systems. Bathrooms require bright task lighting for applying cosmetics and shaving, so choosing the right fixtures and lightbulbs is paramount.

Proper ventilation helps reduce humidity and eliminate odors, reducing the formation of mold and mildew. The right extractor fan makes a bathroom safer and more comfortable, but choosing the right model depends on a variety of factors. Below are guides to choosing the best lighting and ventilation systems for a bathroom remodel.

Important bathroom lighting considerations
The best online stores for lighting 2022
The best makeup lighting of 2022
The best recessed luminaire of 2022
The best recessed lights of 2022
The best light bulbs for bathrooms
The best bathroom extractor fans of 2022
How to install a bathroom fan yourself

Bob Vila's Most Valuable Bathroom Remodeling Projects 2022 - Universal Design

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Universal design

Universally designed bathrooms are accessible to most users and have elements tailored to those with physical disabilities. Older adults and those with mobility issues all benefit from universally designed bathrooms, and according to the Cost vs. Value report, a universally designed bathroom achieves an ROI of more than 50 percent. Walk-in bathtubs and doorless showers are two great options for incorporating universal design into a bathroom remodel.

All about walk-in tubs
The average cost of a walk-in bathtub
The Best Walk-In Tubs of 2022
All about doorless showers
The best shower grab bars of 2022
The best hand showers of 2022

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