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Will Renovating My Bathroom Add Value To My Home?


If you’re looking to sell your home and are wondering how to fetch a better price tag, renovation always tends to spring to mind! What can I afford to renovate? Will it make a difference to my sale price? What kind of renovation do I want to consider? All of these questions, and more, are going to make an appearance in your mind at some point during the renovation process – but let’s put one question to bed for your peace of mind. Yes. A bathroom renovation will almost definitely add value to your home!

Bathroom renovations are considered among the best renovations for a high return rate and a higher asking price on the market. Kitchen renovations also have this kind of appeal but are more costly to renovate than bathrooms most of the time, depending on what your plans are. Experts do say that kitchens and bathrooms sell a property, and we have to agree! That’s why considering a bathroom renovation is a smart way to see a difference to your bottom line at the end of the day.

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What Do I Have To Consider?

The Cost

Renovating a bathroom properly isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth either! Having a professional designer take a look over your existing bathrooms can really make all the difference in the effective planning of a high-quality renovation. They can point out which existing pieces of your bathroom can still be a good feature, and therefore remain, and which parts would benefit from an overhaul. Your budget is your only limit when aiming to transform your bathroom and raise the value of your overall home. The design limits are endless!

Your Market Competition

Investigating your housing competitors in your area is a good way to get an idea of what kind of standards you are up against. Homes that are in the same value range and size are your direct competition. Being able to see the standard of their bathrooms compared to the rest of the house will give you an indication of what to strive for so that your property is a hot ticket when it comes to sale time.

Your Target Buyer

Considering what kind of person is more likely to buy your property is an essential part of any kind of renovation planning! If your home lends itself towards professional couples sharing the master bathroom, a double sink may be a popular addition to their lifestyles so they can both get ready to go to work at the same time. Never underestimate how comfortable a bathroom can be, creating something modern and functional will have heads turning at an open home. Consider if your house is best suited to a young family that will ideally grow with the house!

An added bath underneath the shower could be all it takes for parents to really be able to imagine taking care of both their needs and the needs of their children. Never underestimate the importance of bath time for young families! On the other end of the spectrum, your home may be a beautifully suitable place for retirees who will eventually need an accessible bathroom in which case a walk in shower is versatile and can have safety features added to it when they decide it’s time to get them! Future-proofing your home is the best offence when looking for your ideal buyers, make it a place they can live in! There’s no point trying to sell to a young family and designing an ultra-modern, slick and cool bathroom that has zero functionality for a young family. So consider your target audience, and it’ll help attract the right buyers.

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You want buyers to not want to easily brush over your property, you want them to really consider your home and imagine themselves in it – so consider renovations that you would want out of your property if you were to buy it again. You know this bathroom better than your prospective buyers, so you will have a better idea of what could be more functional or attractive!

When renovating your bathroom, you don’t have to think big if you don’t think you can afford it – a new sink, bath or shower can be all a bathroom needs for a revived functionality. Adding that bath under the shower, or a double sink might be the only renovation you need to attract the right buyers without having to do the whole room! New mirrors and fixtures can take an older bathroom and shake off some of the dust, as can new tiles or wallpaper. If you’re still not sure about what to do with your bathroom, you can book a FREE consultation with the 5 Star Bathroom specialists for expert advice on how to renovate on your budget and to your requirements!

Happy Renovating!

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10 Bathroom Renovation Trends for 2020 You Won’t Want to Miss



While Auckland sits in a dreary place in and out of lockdowns, your rooms may be growing a little tiresome to look at day in and day out. It might just be the perfect year to rediscover your love for one or two of your rooms – check out these bathroom renovations ideas straight out of 2020’s worldwide hottest trends!

Going Green

While the world thinks environmentally friendly, we also mean it literally when it comes to this 2020 trend in the bathroom world. Shades of verdant are adorning bathrooms with a warm, foresty and natural feel whether that is in green tiles, paint or finishes. You will be able to lose yourself in a peaceful woodland den while you soak away the day – and you’ll be painting all your friends green with envy too.

Step Into Luxury

Let’s talk freestanding baths, shall we? We all itch to climb on in when we see one at a flash hotel, but now it can be a favourite spot to unwind within your own home oasis. Art deco and organically shaped freestanding baths are making a splash this year, adding elegance to your bathroom so it feels like you are truly on a magical getaway – every day.

Is It Just Me, Or Is Everything Floating?

Space is a hot topic always in bathroom design, but this year, the trend of floating your bathroom furniture is hotter than ever before! From wall-mounted vanities and sinks to floating toilets and bidets, picking your bathroom up off the floor gives your bathroom an instant lift and idea of roominess. We love, love, LOVE this pick me up reno idea for any bathroom!

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Mixing contemporary modernism and retro isn’t exactly new, but 2020 is bringing back its roaring predecessor in a sleek new way! Adding brass or gold fixtures to your bathroom, matching framed mirrors and tiny details paired against beautifully dark tiles and wallpapers gives your bathroom that extra touch of art deco decadence without throwing a themed party in your face. Soak up the prohibition fun, one tiny detail at a time.

Organically Individual

Organic shapes are making their mark on bathrooms worldwide. From asymmetrical freestanding baths creating natural curviture in the room to organically shaped sinks, sometimes even made from original stone to take the look to the next level. Enjoy the bespoke nature of asymmetry, creating natural lines and soft edges.

Going Dark

Embracing dark colours has always been a contentious concept – until you see just how beautiful it looks. Black is the new white and gives your bathroom a deep, relaxing sense of intimacy and calm. Pair black feature walls with paler or soft colours, or hints of brass in your fixtures for an effortlessly glamorous and gothic-chic upgrade to your bathroom.

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Seeing Double

A single vanity with two sinks is a old goodie, but now there’s a growing trend of placing two seperate vanities with a gap between – marking yours and theirs with a definite strike down the middle. Enjoy your own space, never argue about who’s side what is on and enjoy the practical nature and interesting look that two vanities can add to a shared bathroom!

Go Minimal

Simplicity is often taken for granted far too often. Going streamlined and embracing a clean, minimal palette for your bathroom is one of the very best ways to invoke calm and a decluttered peace. Simple and clean lines paired with a glass walk in shower to give the sense of roominess open up your bathroom so you can breathe in it. The only things that should live in your bathroom are the things that have to be there, and nothing else but beautiful, clear space. To truly give yourself the space to unwind – think less is more!

It’s Back

Wallpaper, that is. Whether you love or hate bold wallpaper – you have to admit, it makes you feel something. Feature walls behind vanities are making a striking comeback in ornate designs, black and whites and bold colours to add a dash of wild abandon and style to your bathroom.

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Puny but Punchy

Your tiny bathroom under the stairs shouldn’t be dull and neglected, serving a purpose but giving off no joy! Spark some interest in your powder room with a bold feature wallpaper for visitors to gaze at while they get down to business, or add a chic and ornate mirror above a streamlined sink! Make every room a feature, not a requirement.

There you have it, some of 2020’s most sought after and functional trends for your next bathroom renovation project! Take a deep dive into rediscovering your bathrooms and transforming them into relaxation stations you won’t want to leave!

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Magnify Your Miniature Bathroom!

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Magnify Your Miniature Bathroom!


Does your little bathroom seem to be getting more and more cluttered every day? 2020 may be the perfect time for a tiny bathroom makeover! There’s no reason to let a small space cramp your style! There are many easy tips and tricks for making your limited space appear larger and actually become a talking point in your house rather than a closet you begrudgingly visit!

Float It All!

A contemporary trend that is still fashionable in 2020, because it is an absolute winner, is the use of floating cabinets and wall-hung toilets. The more of the bathroom wall that you can actually see gives the impression of free space (to utilise or just enjoy).

Suspended cabinets give a streamlined and functional modern edge to a small bathroom, while wall-mounted sinks and taps leave ample space below for shelves or a small laundry basket instead of a heavy pedestal taking up precious real estate. Wall hung toilets and bidets are still a beautifully contemporary look to reduce clutter in a small room, the cistern is hidden within the wall so the toilet does not stick out as far – giving your bathroom not only a super chic feel, but more floor space to navigate freely around.

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Think Less Is More Storage

When you’re trying to make a small space look large – less really is more. Think quality over quantity when storing items inside the bathroom. Nothing clutters and darkens up a small room than stuff everywhere! Carefully go through the things you actually use on a daily basis and consider if you really need to have all three bars of soap in the only cabinet you have spare in the room. Do you need to store the whole bag of toilet rolls on the floor stuffed between the toilet and the wall? Or if there somewhere else for those guys until you need them?

If shelving is a part of your tiny bathroom renovation plans, think vertical! Tall, tiered and open storage shelves that are both modern and minimalist give you the opportunity to store items for easy reach but also don’t close off the bathroom – if you see through the shelving, there’s more wall space on show to give you the feeling of space! Decluttering your bathroom won’t just make your bathroom look so much bigger, it’ll feel awesome to find new homes for things you don’t use too! As Marie Kondo would say “If it doesn’t spark joy, thank it, and then say goodbye!”

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Create Flow with Glass

As previously mentioned, to keep your little room looking large, you need to see as much of it as possible! Glass showers give you the functionality and the sense of flowing space that a shower curtain won’t. When you pull that curtain, you lose half of the room and close it off, so consider glass instead! If your shower is above a bath, replace the curtain with a glass door to give your bathroom a modern and updated look.

Let’s talk walk-in glass showers! That seamless, glassy look is not just for posh hotels. They are beautifully luxurious – and not as expensive as you think! If a tray-less shower is an option for your bathroom, consider a smart tiling design to merge your shower area and bathroom floor seamlessly. Tricking the eye to see more space in your small bathroom is really as easy as keeping your glass clean!

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Never underestimate the power of a large mirror. Mirrors reflect both space and light, and therefore, add the sense of more space – and more light! This is a great option for bathrooms with little daylight available to really open up the room and spread some of the luminous love around.

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Turn a Quirky Space Into a Feature

Many houses, especially if they are older, present to you the fun dilemma of strangely shaped spaces to fill. Plumbing often can be shoved into old eaves of a house with sloping ceilings and very little navigable floor (or head) room. Make use of low ceilings and slopes with a freestanding bath cleverly placed beneath them! You will be able to see the gaps around the bath, giving the air of free space while being a luxury design feature of your home! If storage is going to be an issue, add a sleek bath rack to hold your soap as well as the relaxing cup of tea and candles while you soak up your new spot to unwind.

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Walls or Floors?

You can change the perceived space in your bathroom by using the same tiles on both your floors and walls. Merging them together effectively eliminates hard lines and obvious cramped areas, opening up your room! Sticking to lighter, airier colours too will brighten your room and reflect any light! Alternatively, be daring and go vibrant with a colourful feature wall to give your bathroom a modern twist, even the smallest room in your house can end up being your favourite!

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The options for utilising limited space can be endless with a bit of imagination, and we know you’ll love rediscovering your little bathroom again and again. Happy renovating!

Take a look at some more bathroom inspiration here in our gallery!