How to Convert a Closet into a Shower &
Add $15K – 20K to the Value Of Your Home
Most older homes have a two piece bathroom off the master bedroom if you’re lucky. However, in today’s real estate market, buyers want showers in their en-suites. They don’t want to trot down the hall to the family bathroom and wait their turn while junior finishes getting ready in the morning.
Converting an adjoining clothes closet or hall closet to the already existing 2 piece bathroom will not only give you the comfort of having a shower in your master bedroom, it will definitely add $15-20K + to the value of your home for when you’re ready to sell.
But before you take the crow bar and smash down the adjoining wall between the bathroom and closet, you need to carefully plan to make sure that the renovation will actually been an improvement to your current situation.
Before you knock down that wall, you need to make sure that it isn’t a support wall or that there is plumbing or duct work in the wall.
1. Do you have room for a shower?
Take the measurements of the width and length of your current closet and the adjoining bathroom if there is one. Do you have adequate room for a shower including elbow room? Showers should be a minimum 32″ x 32″ in a master en-suite. If they’re smaller than that, then they are not really adding value to your home. Sure it’s great to have a shower in the master en-suite, but when you’re ready to sell, a small en-suite shower will deter some potential buyers and not net you the money you’re hoping for.
Place painters tape on the floor and measure it out if this helps you visualize what the space would look like.
2. What size of vanity can you put in?
Removing the closet may mean that you may now have space for a double sink vanity whereas before you only had room for a single one due to a wall.
Potential buyers love double sink vanities. Double sink vanities make life so much easier in the morning when you’re both getting ready. What is the width of your bathroom? Just because you now have the space for a double sink, you need to ensure that there is enough “walking” room so that a person can walk around the other person while one is putting on their make-up.
3. What will your shower look like?
Plan out your shower well. The closet may look big enough but you need a minimum of 32″ x 32″ for a shower.
A glass door give a luxurious spa-like feel but they do cost more than using a shower curtain. Built-in tiled showers always add more value than a store bought box store shower. Co-ordinate a variety of wall and floor tiles for a trendy look.
4. The final touches
Pay close attention to the details like lights, mirrors, and vanities. Heated tile floors are a great selling feature that actually don’t cost that much considering how much bang you will get for your buck.
5. Where will your clothes go now?
Can you successfully move your clothes somewhere else without compromising space? As much as homeowner wants a shower in their en-suite, they also want somewhere to put their clothes. Adding wardrobes or building in closets along a wall, can take the place of a former small closet.
Hi. I’m Debi Collinson. Designer, Stager, Downsizing Seniors & Aging-In-Place Specialist. For over 10 years I’ve helped clients make their home look like it came out of a magazine and make money beyond their expectations.
And in my spare time I flip houses. I have bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Come follow me as I share my tips and secrets along the way.