Remodeling the bathroom can be quite the undertaking. You want to give careful thought to your layout; it is important not to be fashionable at the expense of functional. One of the best ways to ensure a satisfactory result is educating yourself on common mistakes so you can avoid them in your own planning—here are just a few for which to watch when doing the bathroom.
Know Your Limits
There are many aspects of designing a bathroom that fall into the DIY realm, but ultimately, it depends on your own expertise, knowledge and experience. You can do serious damage in this room if you bite off more than you can chew. Be honest about your limitations and know when to call in the pros.
On average, redoing a bathroom costs 16,600 dollars—remember average means some people spent less and some spent more, maybe a lot more. Under budgeting is a common problem with bathroom remodeling, and it is important you carefully plan out your project to avoid going way above what you are planning to spend. There is always a possibility you will have to address water damage or mold; if your house is older, you may need to replace the pipes in the walls completely. No matter what number you come up with, be prepared to add at least 10 percent for unforeseen issues.
Don’t Forget about Storage and Counter Space
With all the ‘fun’ stuff you are contending with, like tile design, getting a fancy tub and the like, it can be easy to overlook the more practical aspects of bathroom remodeling. A common mistake is overlooking storage and counter space, which are two keys to a well-designed bathroom. You may be concerned about creating a crowded feel with larger counters or bigger storage units, but lots of clutter will make it feel even more so.
Consider your storage needs, and plan accordingly. If you have the space, freestanding storage units can work well; take advantage of the space under the vanity. Take advantage of vertical space to create attractive storage options. You want ample counter space to store things that you may use often, or to make the room more comfortable when more than one person is in it.
Proper ventilation is crucial in your bathroom design, and make sure you have allowed for efficient exhaust systems and fans. Failure to plan for this element of the bathroom properly can leave you with big mold and mildew problems.
Another common mistake in bathroom design is poorly planning the layout of the room. You want the bathroom laid out in a logical manner that optimizes comfort and ease of movement. The wrong layout could leave you with your knees pushing up against the shower when you’re using the toilet, cabinet doors banging against other surfaces or not being able to open the door all the way because something is blocking it. Make sure there is sufficient space around the different elements.
While this is certainly not an exhaustive list of bathroom remodeling snafus, they are some of the most important to watch out for. The best thing you can do is be patient with the process, and not rush into the remodel before you have given everything proper consideration.