Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling your bathroom is like preparing a holiday meal – both seem easy when you first think about them.  But to create an enjoyable experience, both need good planning, many ‘ingredients,’ and attention to detail.

Did you know most people spend up to an hour each day in the bathroom?  That’s more than two weeks out of every year! Your bathroom is likely the most functional room in your home. With the average bathroom remodel cost hovering near $10,000, getting the details right – the first time – is important.

While every remodeling project presents challenges, we’ve put together some suggestions to help you avoid common mistakes when remodeling your bathroom.

I thought I’d ‘wing it.’

Your preparations for a holiday meal include a menu, a schedule and the amount of money you’ll need for ingredients before you start cooking. Similarly, your bathroom remodel needs a plan. Outline elements you’d like to include – like a walk-in shower, jacuzzi bathtub, natural light – so you can establish priorities along with a budget and timeline before you begin tearing out tile.

I know the vanity is big, but I’ll work around it.

When sketching the bathroom floor plan, make sure the flow and the fixtures safely accommodate guests – that means the sink, toilet and shower need to be easily accessible and comfortable to use.  The vanity may be beautiful but bumping into it every time you take a shower will turn your affection into dislike.

That oak flooring will look great by the bathtub.

Durability and water resistance are ‘must-haves’ in your bathroom remodel. As you’re selecting tile, flooring or wallpaper, look for materials rated safe for bathroom use.

I want clean lines – we can eliminate those cabinets.

The phrase ‘there’s no such thing as too much storage’ rings true with bathrooms. Bathroom functionality extends to all the items we use in a bathroom such as towels, toiletries, and hair dryers. Look for space-efficient solutions to retain clean lines but provide the storage you need.

That window will provide enough ventilation.

You may be right – but ventilation is critical to keeping your remodeled bathroom in good condition. Excess humidity can crack grout, erode paint, and cause mildew build-up. Consider installing a fan to ensure air circulates properly.

I’m going to put recessed lighting above the sink.

Lighting is a vital aid to us while in the bathroom. If you don’t have natural light, then use white lights for brightness and avoid shadow-producing placement like recessed, particularly above the sink.

One outlet near the sink will be enough.

Think about how the bathroom will be used when developing your electrical plan. For a small bathroom, one outlet may provide enough electricity. But double sinks or larger spaces may need additional outlets. And remember not to put the light switch behind the door!

But ultra violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year!

It’s okay to follow trends but be careful about using colors or artwork that may have short-term appeal.  If you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, then ultra violet may be right for you. Generally, however, we recommend focusing on function over fad and suggest colors that create a sense of harmony and well-being.

I’ve watched the DIY Network – I can handle this.

Although you’re inspired and eager to take on the challenge, bathroom remodels are complex projects with many decisions (and opportunities for mistakes). Partner with our qualified team at Miller’s Residential Creations to help make your bathroom remodel a great experience.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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