Updating a 1970s Bathroom to Sell

In this project we updated a 1970s bathroom in Keppera. The client wanted a fresh but classic look for the bathroom to help sell the property.

We transformed this outdated bathroom into something that it looks like it came straight out of a magazine.

A Modern Classic Bathroom

In order to refresh the look of the old bathroom, we used subway tiles, as well as encaustic look tiles.

We installed a benchtop made from recycled timber from a 130-year old house that contrasted with the crisp white subway tiles. The floor to ceiling tiles improved the amount of light in the room.

We increased the floor area of the shower space. We also installed a more useable vanity. Both improvements made the bathroom feel more spacious. We used products from Reece Plumbing.

A key part of this was project was safely removing all of the asbestos from the old bathroom.

Updating Your Bathroom to Sell Your House

Bathrooms are key to selling a house. An updated bathroom can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Below are some ways that can help you update an old bathroom without spending a lot of money.

  • Make the bathroom timeless: Just like what we did with the Keppera home, you should consider using neutral colours to give the bathroom a clean look that will last for a long time.
  • Update light fixtures, faucets, and mirrors: Updating simple fixtures, faucets, mirrors, and other details can make a world of difference. Vos Design can help you find the right items that will suit the overall design of the bathroom.
  • Open up space: There are ways to make the bathroom look big without moving walls. You can install a mirror on one side of the room to make it look larger. You can also replace older enclosed shower screens with a borderless glass partition to create the illusion of space.
  • Retile: Older bathrooms may feature worn looking tiles and grout. Instead of deep cleaning the tiles, the best solution may be re-grouting and/or retiling the floors and walls. Choose light coloured tiles to brighten up the space and make it look more elegant.
  • Maximise storage space: Potential buyers love storage spaces. Make sure you maximise the available space with custom cabinetry. Use organisers and shelves to keep small stuff from cluttering the countertops.
  • Have a budget: Before renovating the bathroom, make sure you have a clear budget. You should always work with a fixed price and don’t be tempted to go over it. Remember, your goal is to sell the property not renovate to suit your own personal taste.
  • Accessorise: After the bathroom renovation, replace your towels and other bathroom linen with new ones. Roll towels and put them in neat rows on a shelf.

Bathroom renovations will pay off when you are selling your house. However, you don’t need to over-capitalise. Simple upgrades can turn an old bathroom into something fresh. You can contact us today to find out how you can turn a dull space into one that sells.