The guest bathroom is a tricky room to conquer. You don’t have a lot of space to begin with, but you want your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed when they use it. Guest bathrooms sometimes wind up in awkward places, like in the hall next to the front door, where they can get really cramped. The best you can do is work with what you’ve got. Before you start thinking about tearing down any walls, consider a more cost-effective way to improve your guest bathroom.
Renovating your guest bathroom doesn’t have to be impossible or expensive. You should focus your spending on making a more comfortable and pleasant bathroom. Bathroom renovations only recover about 55 to 65% of their cost on resale, so keep your budget in check and don’t undertake a renovation expecting the ROI to pay for itself and then some. You should also think twice about taking on debt to finance a bathroom renovation.
As far as a budget goes, Time recommends about 10% of your home’s value on a main bathroom and only 5% of your home’s value on a guest bathroom or powder room. Stretch your money further renovating your guest bathroom with these do’s and don’ts.
Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanities
Bathroom vanities are a quick and easy win in a renovation. For small guest bathrooms, a new single vanity should fit nicely, and they can be available as small as 24 inches across, but if you have more space, double vanities will provide a luxurious amount of storage space and accommodate double sinks. But you probably want to keep double bathroom vanities for the main bathroom to stay on budget.
Stick to a Single Sink
Double sinks are a must-have if you have the space in your master bathroom, but for a guest bathroom, you can probably do without. The joy of a double sink is getting ready for work without getting in your partner’s hair. But for a guest bathroom, you’re focused on house guests who are probably staying the night because of a holiday. That means they’re not trying to rush out the door in the early morning.
Invest in Non-Slip Tiles
When you’re picking a floor, keep your guests in mind. Will your parents be using it? As they get older, what can you do to keep them comfortable and safe? You might want to invest in a nonslip floor now, using tiles with textured surfaces or glazes including sand. An alternative is using tiles with a higher ratio of grout lines, but that can be a pain to clean.
Don’t Move Pipes
The easiest way to go over budget is to start changing the plumbing. If you want to install a new sink, tub, or toilet, keep it in the same place as the old one, especially if you’re looking at a second-floor bathroom. It could cost up to $500 to change the drainpipes for each fixture.
A guest bathroom renovation doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep it comfortable and modern for your guests without going over budget. Your guests are sure to appreciate the efforts you put into a guest bathroom now.