UPDATE: Worth the splash? Here's how -- and for how much -- Americans are upgrading their bathrooms
By Andrea Riquier
Return on investment may be hard to quantify, but homeowners and real estate groups say bathroom upgrades are crucial
It may not be the most glamorous room in the house--nor the easiest to renovate--but Americans spend lots of time, money and energy upgrading their bathrooms. Homeowners and real-estate professionals say the end results are worth the effort.
A survey out Thursday from Houzz, which describes itself as a "home renovation and design platform," sheds some light on how consumers upgrade the throne room, and interviews with homeowners around the country offer some perspective.
The biggest feature right now? Showers are becoming what Houzz calls "a focal point" and 81% of survey respondents who have recently completed a makeover or are about to start one renovated the shower. Some 55% increased its size.
In fact, according to Houzz, 27% of homeowners removed the bathtub altogether to make room for a bigger shower.
That was the case for Juliet Petrus, who oversaw a total upgrade of a master bathroom in a Chicago townhouse.
Petrus is an opera singer, and she and her husband, Adolfo Laurenti, an economist, travel frequently. "We had a bathtub and shower in the bathroom, but no storage/closet space," Petrus told MarketWatch. "We replaced it with a two-person steam shower, which is perfect for opera singers trying to stay healthy and a linen closet."