A modernized, updated bathroom could be a deal breaker (or maker) in a home sale but did you know renovating your bathroom could also make you happy? According to the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, a bathroom renovation achieved a Joy Score of 9.6 (with 10 being the highest ranking). In case you weren’t sure, Joy Scores measure how happy someone is with a project they had done in their home.
With that in mind, we asked leading experts in the design industry what the most important elements are when building a bathroom from scratch, or giving an outdated one a makeover. We were also keen to learn where they thought heated towel racks fit into all of this.
What makes a bathroom a happy place
When thinking about a bathroom remodel, a couple of points came up time and again among the experts: spatial planning, the placement of existing plumbing and electrical fittings, quality finishes and energy efficiency accessories.
“Energy efficiency in appliances and fixtures along with excellent spatial functionality are key to long lasting value”Joe Vander Pluym, a Design Associate at The Haskell Company in Dallas, Texas
Indeed, interior designer Hania Rouhani of the iconic Dragonette LTD showroom and design studio in Palm Desert in California says, when it comes to a bathroom remodel, her first consideration is smart and energy saving appliances, such as smart mirrors, a smart scale and heated towel racks.
Kayla Anderson, interior design planner at the Ohio State University Medical Centre, agrees, adding that quality tiles, top notch bathroom accessories and heated floors are high on customers’ wish list.
Design gurus love heated towel racks
When prodded on the value of a heated towel rack in a bathroom remodel, some experts saw it as giving a bathroom a high-end look, while others lauded the hygienic and energy-saving aspects and, of course, the added luxury of a touch of warmth when you step out of the shower.
“A heated towel rack is a great way to add a premium sense of quality to any bathroom space, while also taking advantage of the hygienic, safety and energy benefits,”said Joe of The Haskell Company
Professional home improver Elaine Levine of Havelock, North Carolina, who has worked with her husband in the industry for over 18 years, says “It adds a touch of luxury for homeowners who wish to pamper themselves without breaking the bank.”
Hania of Dragonette is completely sold on the energy saving aspect, but is equally excited about the fact that a heated towel rack’s main purpose is to keep towels hygienic and dry, especially considering that a staggering 164,000 bacteria could reside on a single square inch of an average used, damp towel.
She points out that a heated towel rack uses less electricity than a washer and dryer and it gets rid of bacteria on towels, which in turn equals a clear skin. Home improver Elaine adds that it prevents towels from becoming musty, a special consideration in the humid southern U.S.A. where she lives.
For design planner Kayla Anderson a heated towel rack has that special je ne sais quoi: “When you see it, you know it’s a significant upgrade.” As a cold natured person, reaching for a warm towel is always going to be worth the investment in a heated towel rack.
Put it in the budget, baby
The general consensus among our design experts is to budget upwards of $500 for a quality electric heated towel rack with a sleek, modern design and corrosion resistant quality that will stand the test of time. One that will, as architect Hank Ling of Los Angeles puts it, give the client a ‘sense of accommodation and privilege.’