Whenever you are considering renovating your home or commercial building a lot of attention goes to the living spaces. In the home it’s the Kitchen and in the workplace it can be the business landscaping and lobby.
The reason is simple – that’s where the people and congregate, but not only that it’s where the impressions are solidified.
You’ve heard it said that a first impression is made in a few seconds and while that is true, what research tells us is that from that moment on your mind spends its time trying to validate that first impression.
One area that is often overlooked is bathrooms. While certainly not every guest is going to use the bathroom many do and it’s often one of the “add on” or second thought type items that think to renovate.
Are You Considering Comfort & Privacy?
When it comes to bathroom design, sometimes it’s the basics that get overlooked. While it’s fortunately widely accepted to have toilet partitions installed in women’s bathroom facilities, unfortunately urinal privacy dividers are missing in an alarmingly high number of men’s restrooms. Not everyone is comfortable in these situations, so it’s worth your time to make sure you’re considerate of people’s privacy.
Beyond Just Keeping It Clean
The key component in judging a bathroom is usually cleanliness. Sadly, we often feel like the worst in humanity comes out when they’re alone in a public restroom. You can’t rely on you visitors to keep the facilities clean, so be sure you have a plan! Here’s a simple printable bathroom inspection sheet for commercial facilities to keep up with maintaining a clean restroom.
Unfortunately, old and clean doesn’t feel as clean as new and clean. So updating your bathroom facilities should be key when you you’re considering renovation. This is true of commercial properties as well.
Have you ever been to a restaurant and noticed the bathrooms and because they were clean and maybe even updated you felt better about the food? That’s exactly the same thing that can happen for you if you update your bathroom.
“You can walk into a nice bathroom with a tile floor and painted walls,” she says, “or you can walk into an incredible bathroom that has tiled walls all the way to the ceiling. If you have the money, this is an area where you can make just a huge difference, and, maintenance-wise, it’s a lot easier to wipe down dirty tile walls than to have to paint.” Sabrina Faulke, architectural designer at Point One Architects + Planners
For residential properties, bathrooms can add big money to the bottom line. The biggest bang is from simply adding an additional bathroom, but there’s also value in updates. In Atlanta real estate you can get an extra $11,000 for a bathroom renovation and that’s not even considering the master suite. In the Dallas real estate market you can get just under $11,000 (actualy $10,400). Those are just two examples just to give you an idea that in up and coming housing markets the value change is real and worth considering.
Utility Meets Perception And Increases Value In Commercial Settings
Commercial properties can capture the same good impression by upgrading the bathroom. Higher quality fixtures can play a big role in the impression someone has of a home or a business. There’s a sense that “this ‘entity’ cares” if their bathrooms are clean and as we mentioned before – cleanliness and newness go hand and hand.
“Don’t Forget Mirrors! Space, or at least the illusion thereof, is the ultimate luxury when it comes to bath design. Providing a mirrored wall — not just a small medicine cabinet — over a vanity can add virtual square feet to even the smallest room. This is very advantageous for businesses limited by their floorplan to make their bathrooms more luxurious” – Jamie Gibbs, Jamie Gibbs & Associates
Holy Moly! Bathrooms & Churches
One type of commercial property that overlooks this is churches! Yet they are the very ones that could likely benefit the most from this. Churches going on for sale will often get a higher price if they update the bathrooms first. Most people overlook the high use of restrooms, but if you’re gathering large numbers of people on a regular basis then you should take a deeper look at your facilities.
In fact, any organization that has gatherings with significant numbers could benefit from an upgrade in bathrooms – especially church bathroom stalls.
The biggest bang for your buck will still be those living areas but they are also the most costly. It’s worth exploring the little known value of how bathroom affects property values and more. Not only will you bolster that property value but your customers or friends will thank you as well.