Bathroom Remodel

How to Take Your Bathroom from Boring to Beautiful

Your bathroom is utilitarian. It’s the teeth-brushing station, the get-ready-for-the-day hub, and the place where you go to have 30 seconds of quiet between playdates and homework help. But your bathroom serves more than just a practical purpose; it should also make you feel good. Here are a few ways to upgrade your bathroom with a focus on beauty, return on investment and practicality.

Expand Your Master Bathroom

Enlarging your master bath can be done two ways; the first is literally tearing down a wall or two to increase the room’s square footage. Because bathrooms involve a labyrinth of plumbing inside the walls, it’s best to consult a plumber before you go at it with a sledgehammer. According to’s annual Cost vs. Value report, bathroom upgrades can make your home more desirable to buyers. A midrange bathroom addition in Phoenix will yield about 51 percent return on investment, according to city-specific data.

The other way to enlarge your master bath is to use optical tricks to make the room seem bigger:

  • Paint the room a light color to open up the space.
  • Introduce good lighting, both natural and artificial, to help amplify the space. Check out Hinkley’s for local lighting options.
  • Use mirrors and glass. Mirrors let light bounce around the room, and glass — like a shower door, for example — eliminates visual barriers.

HomeAdvisor reports the national average costs for bathroom remodels; the low being $2,500 and the high being $23,000.

Install a Modern Sink

Nothing makes a bathroom look more dated than an old vanity and sink. Refresh your bathroom by replacing your sink unit with a modern or colorful statement piece. If you have a small powder room, opt for a petite vanity with storage space — like this inexpensive set from IKEA.

For a unique and edgy look, check out Studio 41 in Scottsdale; though prepare to spend a little more.

Upgrade Your Shower/Bathtub

You’ve always dreamed of a clawfoot tub! Or maybe you want something between the plastic molded shower you have now and that double-headed rainshower you once saw in a model home.

Your imagination might run wild with your bathroom remodel inspiration, but relocating the plumbing is expensive. If you’re looking to save money on this part of your remodel, keep the existing footprint of the bathroom and update all of the trimmings. For new fixtures, look at Waterworks’ Scottsdale showroom.

Even if you’re making massive changes, consider the space you have and what’s practical for you. If you always take showers, why waste money and space on a huge Jacuzzi tub? The national average cost to install a bath or shower hovers around $3,000.

Put in Tile

Whether you opt for basic white subway tile or large slabs of travertine, installing tile in your bathroom is a fairly inexpensive way to revamp. Tile countertops can handle the wear and tear of hair products and hot curling irons. Tile on the floor is just as hardy — and certainly better looking than the tacky linoleum you grew up with.

Check out Arizona Tile if you have something specific in mind or if you’re aiming for a classic Southwest vibe.

If you're looking to do a major bathroom remodel, you may need help making it happen. Visit our Pinterest board for inspiration; then call, click or visit a Desert Financial branch to find out how you can turn your house into a home you love.