Consumer Reports offered its readers five tips for choosing ways to remodel your bathroom that will increase both your pleasure and return on the investment.

  • Bathrooms have replaced kitchens as the most remodeled room in the home—their smaller footprint and lack of pricey appliances make for a less expensive project.
  • The total project, including materials and installation, should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value
  • You can find many ways to stretch your dollars!
  • Palettes that create a calm, spa-like atmosphere are favored, especially in the master bath
  • The enthusiasm for gargantuan whirlpool tubs with massaging jets has cooled considerably… using that space to create larger showers
  • latest trend is to make the commode as unobtrusive as possible
  • Create layers of light

Consumer Reports, “Five Tips for a Masterful Bath Remodel”, September, 2012