Jennifer Berry

604-377-5474

How a Spa-Like Bathroom Improves Real Estate Value

 

In this day and age, it seems like the bigger the better, and that goes for real estate as well.

Home improvement has become a huge enterprise in the recent years, with channels like HGTV

drawing in viewers. With that being said, spa-like bathrooms have become more popular with

the recent growth of interest. There is an added bonus to spa styled bathrooms, in addition to

relaxation and bliss, the fact is that it actually improves the real estate value of your home. By

remodeling your bathroom to look and feel like you are at a luxurious spa, you would also be

selling that luxurious spa to the next buyer that can earn you back more than you actually

invested in the first place.

 

To begin, let’s look at what aspects of the spa can actually influence the value of the bathroom.

According to Page-Pryde Properties, there are four specific trends that can affect the results.

And those are: the free-standing tub, a tranquil color palette, good lighting, and advanced

technological amenities. Elle Décor also suggests evoking all your senses with candles and art

that can help relax you. Ultimately, there are a lot of different things to get the ultimate spa-

styled bathroom. In the following paragraphs you will see examples and possibilities of what

you can do.

 

The end-goal is to create a relaxing experience, and a free standing tub is the first major

improvement you can make to get that. Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design for

American Standard, told Page-Pryde, “Adding a freestanding tub is a cost effective way to evoke

a spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom, and it’s one that really helps elevate the user’s overall

experience”. You should take a look at the shower as well, since a rainfall showerhead is the

epitome of luxurious and feels like you are actually in the rain when you close your eyes. Towels

are also surprisingly effective to the feel of the room – and by that I mean, the fluffier, the

better.

A calm color palette in the spa typically consists of earth tones and should be taken into

consideration when remodeling. It is a simple yet effective way to emit a calming atmosphere.

Above-the- mirror lights can help with the application of makeup and the quality of a close

shave, while soft lights can provide a soothing ambiance. Having extra amenities can boost your

value as well. This can be things like waterproof TVs, heaters, and accessories. The presentation

of things like body scrubs and special soaps on your counter can play a big role in creating the

spa-styled bathroom. Tiles are also a huge “Yes” when considering a remodel. Tiles give off the

illusion of allure and wealth, and you can use them on the floor, on the wall, and in the shower.

Plus, they are easy to clean.

 

When you remodel your bathroom, on average you can earn back up to 70% of your

investment when the home is sold 5 years after the initial remodeling, according to the 2015

study done by Remodeling. It is said that the bathroom plays a huge role in a buyer’s decision.

And what’s more attractive than a bathroom with luxurious, at-home spa features. According to

HGTV, faucets are an important aspect of the bathroom, along with the countertops and the

shower. They looked at Remodeling’s study from 2004, where a $9,400-bathroom remodel

recouped at 182%. The seller actually made a great profit off their investment.

Remember, the bathroom is the room in the house that goes through the most wear. The

bathroom and the kitchen are comparatively the two most looked at and considered areas of a

house. Buyers will see the house as expensive and in good quality if these two rooms are

managed and decorated well. This is because these rooms are arguably the most used rooms in

the house, and therefore the most seen by others.

 

Thank you to Sam Socorro who wrote this article. Sam is a guest author from Sensual Spas and

is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of

writing under her belt

I have sold a property at 6661 184A ST in Surrey.
Have you seen what makes this listing so special? Let's start with the location, located in a quiet residential neighbourhood you are steps away from parks, restaurants and shopping. The exterior garden is nicely landscaped and leads to a freshly painted porch and large front entry. Open the door to a home filled with sunlight. You will notice the new vinyl plank floors in the kitchen and spacious main living area. The open concept floorplan lends itself well for entertaining. Upstairs the master suite is large enough for a king bed with walk in closet and ensuite. The downstairs area has a newer washer/dryer and H/W tank with loads of extra storage! Outside has a fully fenced lockable back yard and heated/insulated Garage. Call today to view!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 205 1166 54A ST in Tsawwassen.
Move in today! This beautiful corner unit has a thoughtfully laid out design with plenty of room for dining and entertaining. Flooded with natural light this home is bright with contemporary features such as high end stainless steel appliances quartz counter tops and soft close cabinets. Upgrades to this unit include: Hardwood flooring throughout the home and a matching island in the kitchen. Enjoy the spa inspired bathrooms with large walk in shower in the master bedroom. The location is fabulous, close to shopping, restaurants, parks and golf. 2 parking stalls and a storage locker add to this home being a must see!!!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 895 CALVERHALL ST in North Vancouver.
Well loved family home that has stood the test of time. Incredible views of the city and Burrard inlet from the large covered patio. This home is an absolute gem. The history of this house is fascinating with solid hardwood flooring under the carpet in the main living room reclaimed from the Vancouver Hotel. Other interesting features include an original built in icebox/fridge as well as wood burning fireplace. It's classic 1950's architecture lends to the charm of the home. Situated on a 7000sq ft lot, this property is ideal should you want to rebuild with a 0.35 + 350 sq ft FSR. The corner lot on a laneway give the opportunity to build a large family home and a Coach House! Both would have amazing views!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 411 11665 HANEY BYPASS in Maple Ridge.
Open house Saturday, May 26, 1-3pm. IMPROVED PRICE! LOCATION, TOP FLOOR, PRIVACY GREENBELT, 1 BLOCK FROM WEST COAST EXPRESS ~ One of the best located units in the complex on the top floor (no noise above you) & farthest away from the main road, bright west facing offering superb privacy with huge deck on greenbelt. Close to all amenities incl 1 block from West Coast Express, commuter routes and a short walk to all sorts of shopping/commercial. Excellent open floor plan with kitchen granite counters/breakfast bar/stainless appliance package, bedrooms separated for maximum privacy, 5 piece ensuite with sep. shower/soaker & 2 sinks. Big bright windows for maximum natural light. 1 pet allowed (dog up to 21" at shoulder), 20 rentals allowed (currently at 10!). 
Read full post

I have sold a property at 102 2885 SPRUCE ST in Vancouver.
Ever dreamed of having a wrap around patio bigger than your unit? This home is a renovators dream.Untouched by time, spacious and ready for your imagination. A patio well over 500 sq feet just for the stone patio area not counting the vast area of garden ready for your planting. Your ideas are endless here! Fantastic location in the heart of Fairview. Open Houses Thurs May 17th 5-7pm Sat/Sunday May 19/20th 2-4pm
Read full post

I have sold a property at 304 260 SALTER ST in New Westminster.
Welcome to Portage built by award winning developer Aragon Properties.This home features reclaimed brick walls, thoughtfully appointed kitchens with GE appliances, built-in espresso machine, front loading washer & dryer and 10' ceilings that give the home a spacious airy feeling. Bathroom boasts a deep soaker tub for relaxing. Fantastic for first time home buyers or as investment property. The building has a well appointed gym, beautiful lush gardens and is steps away from the river walkway. Come see this beautiful home today.Open Houses 5-7pm Tuesday May 7th, 2-4pm Sat and Sunday May 12th and 13th.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 3325 VIEWMOUNT DR in Port Moody.
Stunning view home substantially renovated from top to bottom. From new roof to hardi plank siding, new floors, crown mouldings, large deck and spacious basement suite. A 3 car detached garage is perfect for both your cars and your boat! The list of improvements goes on and on. New HVAC, perimeter drainage, high efficiency furnace, stainless steel kitchen appliances, radiant floor heating in ensuite bathroom, professionally landscaped yard with large paving stone patio for entertaining, keyless entry, boxed window seating, high end new windows throughout home, LED lighting. You name it it has been done! Don't miss this luxury home it will not last long. Open house sunday 2-4pm Offers by 1pm Tuesday 24th.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 44 7128 STRIDE AVE in Burnaby.
Welcome to Riverstone. This fabulously located townhome complex is a commuter's dream. Close to schools and a short walk to Edmonds Skytrain station. Shopping is easy with Highgate Shopping Centre located nearby. This spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home has a large outdoor patio great for entertaining. Immaculately clean with a well laid out kitchen flowing into the living room with a warm fireplace to relax by. Rentals allowed in this complex and it's pet friendly (one dog or one cat).With 2 parking stalls and a storage locker this one really cannot be missed. Open Houses This Wednesday April 4th 5-7pm Sat/Sunday 2-4pm.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 4032 2655 BEDFORD ST in Port Coquitlam.
Fabulous 2 bedroom 2 bath townhome in Westwood by Mosaic. This spacious home boasts stainless steel appliances, a large master ensuite with a both a front garden and large patio area for entertaining. It's even freshly painted top to bottom! Fantastic location with walking distance from the Westcoast express and other transportation hubs. Close to many restaurants, pubs and walking trails this community is centrally located for great amenities. This family oriented complex has low strata fees and is pet friendly. Book your showing today or come to the sneek peek Wednesday March 14th 5-7pm Open house Sat/Sun 2-4pm March 17/18. All offers if any in Tuesday March 20th by 1pm.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 84 15353 100 AVE in Surrey.
2 PARKING STALLS and a Storage Locker! Incredible location, close to transit, great restaurants, and all of Guildford mall. Movie theatres and great parks and recreation. Rarely available one bedroom townhome in the Soul of Guildford. Loft style living at its finest. Upgraded package with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. A natural gas stove is excellent for those who love to cook! Laminate flooring and crown moulding throughout adds a touch a class to this amazing home. Private large patio perfect for entertaining. Pet friendly. Don't miss this one!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 8 2223 ST JOHNS ST in Port Moody.
Fantastic 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome in a quiet complex in the heart of Port Moody. This location is ideal, close to westcoast express, skytrain station, Rocky Point Park and the newest Brewery Strip! A short walk to the local schools as well. New Laminate floors and carpeting, large fenced patio great for the gardener. Cozy wood burning fireplace and spacious layout. Pets and Rentals allowed! Great family home!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 405 935 16TH ST W in North Vancouver.
Welcome to Gateway! In the heart of it all. Steps from shopping at Capilano mall with restaurants and food choices galore. Groceries and parks also right outside, you'd never need a car! This top level unit has 2 bedrooms and 2 ensuite bathrooms. Bright new laminate floors and fresh paint on all walls and ceilings. A large patio off the master makes it into a tranquil haven. In the living room is a large solarium perfect for an office or reading nook. The kitchen boasts a gas range, quartz countertops and sleek cabinets. Warm yourself by the natural gas fireplace then entertain in your spacious dining area. A must see! Pet and rental friendly! Woof woof, meow meow!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 219 221 UNION ST in Vancouver.
Amazing location in funky Chinatown. Close to restaurants like Bao Bei, Union, and Matchstick Coffee, a short walk to Rogers arena and Downtown you'll always be exploring something new! This 2 bed home has 2 spacious balconies which are great for entertaining. Inside you will find stainless steel appliances, large island for cooking and polished concrete floors. The bathroom features a large soaker tub, separate walk in shower and plenty of counter space. This concrete building features a concierge and plenty of room for your bikes. Investors delight with no rental restrictions and the building is pet friendly for your furry companions. Don't miss this one!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 58 7128 STRIDE AVE in Burnaby.
Spacious and bright, this corner unit, upper townhome boasts an 2 incredible patios. Imagine yourself entertaining from your deck surrounded by lush planters or head all the way up to the rooftop deck for amazing star gazing. This 2 bedroom 2 bath home is in an incredible location near both Edmonds skytrain and a variety of shopping and amenities at Metrotown. The layout is great with an open concept floorplan on main and bedrooms above. There is even a built in loft section for extra storage. With 2 parking stalls and a storage locker this home is amazing value. Don't miss it or it will be gone!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 1702 235 GUILDFORD WAY in Port Moody.
Amazing... spectacular... unobstructed views of Burrard Inlet and mountains. Imagine yourself watching the sunset from your large balcony, glass of wine in hand as the colors reflect off the water. This gorgeous 2 bedroom 2 bath unit has warm teak hardwood floors. Your open kitchen boasts granite countertops which leads you to a spacious living room with natural gas fireplace. The location is exceptional in Newport village with desirable shops below including Browns social house, kins farm market and delicious Casa de Pane bakery. You are steps away from the new Evergreen Skytrain line which will take you into the city at lightning speed. 2 parking stalls complete the package! Don't miss this one it will go fast!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 162 200 WESTHILL PL in Port Moody.
TOP LEVEL one bedroom apartment overlooking the courtyard! Amazing value for Beautiful Port Moody. This spacious one bedroom apartment has a large private patio with gorgeous green trees surrounding it. Its warm dark oak laminate floors are inviting, with undercounter lit white subway tile backspash. The home has a remodeled bathroom and insuite storage area. Views of the mountains in the fall with this pet and family friendly building. Pro active strata with new windows in 2015 and a new roof in 2010! Short ride to the evergreen line to get you anywhere you want to go. Close to Westhill Park and Alfred Howe Greenway, a popular multi-use trail that provides a scenic connection to the waterfront. This home won't last long! Best priced unit in Port Moody!.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 423 119 22ND ST W in North Vancouver.
Welcome to Anderson Walk, a west coast contemporary development by Polygon. This two bedroom home is stunning. Granite countertops and a gas range for the chef, with Fisher and Paykel fridge are just a few of the fabulous features. Crown mouldings are installed throughout the home and custom built in cabinets in the living room. Enjoy the comfort of radiant floor heating throughout the home and beautiful fireplace. The bathrooms boast sleek marble countertops and glass mosaic tile features in the showers. A custom closet organizer enhances the master bedroom. The patio is spacious and has a view of the lions gate bridge and courtyard. This unit has a unique storage locker, which is actually a room on the same floor with power and a locking door. A showstopper not to be missed!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 403 7428 BYRNEPARK WALK in Burnaby.
Welcome to "Green", an award winning eco friendly complex built by Adera. Spacious gardens and breathtaking landscaping with rock waterfalls, fountains and ponds surround the buildings. Relax on your top floor patio listening to the creek below. This one bedroom home boasts granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the well laid out design, large den and high ceilings. Within the building there is something for everyone. A large gym, yoga room, far infrared sauna and billiards room are just a few of the amenities. A large common room with outdoor deck and BBQs is available for hosting your next big party or event. The location is central with Skytrain only a 7 min walk away as well as plenty of shopping and walking trails. Call today, this one will not last long!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 12 10892 152 ST in Surrey.
Beautiful, bright, and fully updated spacious 3bdr, 3 bath, end unit (over 1600 sq/ft) in Surrey's rapidly developing Guildford. One of the most well managed strata in the area w. $120,000 contributed yearly to the CRF. Brand new kitchen features large stainless Fisher & Paykel fridge, dishwasher & high quality walnut laminate. Full renovations also made to spa like bath, 2 piece master ensuite and powder on the main. Large finished basement can be used for a multitude of purposes. South facing, fully fenced yard; family oriented complex w/playground and indoor pool. Catchment is Riverdale Elem. (French). Sneak Peek Sept 16, 5:30-7, Open Houses: Sept 17 & 18, 1-3pm. Walk to Guildford mall, grocery, transit and services.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 213 5500 LYNAS LANE in Richmond.
This won't last long! Large south facing patio one bedroom unit with spacious kitchen and engineered hardwood flooring. Building was fully rain screened in 2011 with a metal roof and new windows! With the dyke right around the corner as well as Tera Nova Shopping centre and the Olympic Oval! Storage in suite. Pro-active strata that keeps the building well maintained. Pet friendly too! Don't miss out on this great unit in a fantastic location!
Read full post