Bathroom Remodeling – Splurge or Save?
Function is the No. 1 priority in a bathroom—if it doesn’t “work” for you, who cares whether the tile is patterned in period-perfect Arts and Crafts style? Ultimately, you must be able to easily, conveniently use the space and the features within it.
“In the end, you need a good quality toilet that works well, a good valve body for the faucets that gives you the type of water flow you want,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio.
That said, the bathroom should be an appealing place to go. Especially in a master suite where the bathroom becomes more of a spa/resting space than a utilitarian room, some of the bells and whistles (heated floors) are certainly worth the splurge. And, in fact, some of the luxuries that seem like they would blow your budget are actually within reach (again, heated floors).
Here is some general advice on where to spend and splurge:
Tile. Save money on the background tile and spend on some decorative eye candy. Or, choose targeted spaces for beautiful tile treatment—such as a vanity backsplash or a wall in the shower—and fill in the rest with economical but effective, basic porcelain. “You can do one wall of mosaic that will cost $20 to $50 per square foot, but the space is only 40 x 10 inches, and do the rest in plain field tile that is $5 per square foot,” says Cassia Wyner, designer/owner, CW Design, Brookline, Mass. “It’s worth spending an extra $500 for some ‘wow’ factor.”
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