For nearly every kid under the age of ten (and probably many teenage boys) a conversation revolving around the bathroom is likely met with a stern, “Let’s keep that kind of talk to a minimum.” But if you’ve ever tried to sell a house, or are shopping for one, “bathroom” just may be the most important word in your vocabulary.

Ask any home expert: Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, regardless of the number of bedrooms, the size of the backyard, or even a home’s square footage. And for Malcarne Contracting, this past year pointed straight to the all-important restroom: Our most-requested work order was to overhaul our customers’ baths. In fact, even at the Hudson Valley’s most recent home show, the loo also tied with kitchens for first-place among homeowners as the most popular place to revamp – after all, everyone’s got to use it.

Thankfully, Malcarne’s experience allows you to get more than just a pretty privy. If an update’s on your to-do list, refreshing your bathroom may be as simple as installing new fixtures like a soothing rain showerhead or that trendy glass vessel sink. If your commode is stuck in the ’70s thanks to floral printed tile, boasts a leaky shower, or is – gasp! – carpeted, it may be time for a complete overhaul. A full gut allows you to choose a better layout for your bathroom, to install floor-to-ceiling tile in the shower, or to finally expand your formerly crowded vanity from one to two sinks.

And while a day at a pricy spa may be a splurge that’s just not worth busting the budget for, many homeowners get the same look and feel in their own homes – and they get to have it every day with a chic master bathroom. Malcarne can trade out that boring bathtub for the claw-foot or deep, jetted variety, give you more storage in your vanity, or even add a chandelier or frameless glass shower doors for both elegance and function.

Still, your lavatory may feel more like a latrine thanks to a small footprint – or perhaps your home lacks a master bathroom altogether. Investing in this addition adds serious home value, and Malcarne has the options and know-how to make it a reality. Whether it’s by expanding your home’s current walls, combining the current bath with a close-by closet, or even transforming a small bedroom into a bath, putting effort into an ensuite not only adds luxury, but equity as well.

Whether you’re hoping to move on to a new address or want to make your current one more comfortable, upgrading your bathrooms – from refreshing the look to a complete gut or even to an expansion of the room itself – makes both dollars and sense every time.

And that’s “potty talk” even Mom would approve of.