For most homeowners, upgrading the master bathroom, specifically, the shower is the top item on their to-do list. In fact, the 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study showed that 11% of homeowners would give up a bathtub to create the master shower of their dreams.
This brings up the question, should you splurge on a master bathroom remodel? If you should, how should you splurge? If you shouldn’t, how can you get a great master bathroom without breaking the bank? In addition, are there some things you should splurge on and others you shouldn’t?
Let’s look at what you will need for a master bathroom remodel and where you should splurge.
This is, by far, the most important area to splurge. However, be aware that more outlets for rain showers, body sprays or dual showerheads will require more water and you may even need a larger hot water heater. Regardless, when it comes to the showerhead, it’s not going to be super expensive. Get the one you want and be happy with this splurge.
With shower tile, you don’t need to splurge. You can get a great design without spending a ton of cash. In fact, there are tiles for the floor and walls that will fit just about any budget.
This is an area of the master bathroom you can save some cash in with lower-cost tile. Add in a few accents to make it look great or choose mosaics, liners or inlay pieces to add a touch of color.
Just like showerheads, you should splurge on the plumbing fixtures. The faucet and other fixtures will become the focal point of the room and you want to make sure they are high quality. This is an area to get what you want even if it seems a bit expensive.
You don’t really need a ton of technology in the bathroom and it’s always changing. While you can splurge on a super expensive self-cleaning toilet with heated seats, this isn’t a necessity or even something you should splurge on. Instead, save money here and don’t worry about making your bathroom smart or super advanced.
Along with the showerhead, you should splurge on the controls. This is a good spot to spend your money to help make your master bathroom into a five-star hotel suite bathroom. Consider thermostatic control and even separate volume control. This will help to make your shower stand out and it’s a detail you don’t want to skip.
Another area to splurge is the flooring. Choosing a curbless or curbed shower will depend on your preference, but you should consider splurging here. It’s not a super expensive upgrade and it will make all the difference in helping you get the dream shower you’ve always wanted.
When it comes to a master bathroom remodel, you don’t have to splurge in every area. There are areas you can save a little cash so that you can spend more of the budget in other areas, such as the showerhead and controls.