When done the right way from planning to implementation, transforming your old dingy bathroom can definitely add tremendous value to your home. This is such an exciting home improvement project to work on that might sound all too easy, but you don’t want to get caught up in unexpected costs, delays, average materials, and poor workmanship. So when you are planning a bathroom remodel, avoid these common pitfalls.
Mistake #1 – Thinking bigger is better
Many people dream of having a spacious bathroom, but it doesn’t really matter whether you have a small or large bathroom. The most important thing is that the design matches your lifestyle and it can accommodate the growing needs of your family.
Mistake #2 – Wrong measurements
In a remodeling project, you might be too preoccupied with the design and other aesthetic aspects. Before you create your blueprint, consider functionality. Measure the distances accurately and plan it carefully so that you can open the bathroom door without blocking anything or the cabinet doors won’t bang against other surfaces.
Mistake #3 – Curbed showers are your thing
Not only does a curbless shower adhere to universal design principles but it can enhance the appeal of your bath and make it look cleaner and bigger. This is fairly easy to accomplish so make sure to mention this to your contractor before construction.
Mistake #4 – No natural light coming in
It’s no fun spending time in a dark and gloomy bathroom. If you are renovating your bathroom, it is ideal to have a small window. If not possible, install an operable skylight to allow natural light and fresh air to get in.
Mistake #5 – Budgeting too little or over budgeting
According to Remodeling Magazine, the average bathroom remodel costs around $16,000. If you encountered water damage and molds in your old bathroom, you might be spending more as you’re likely to replace old pipes, countertops, and fixtures to reduce problems later on.
While it’s important that you are working within your budget and purchasing the best deal on fixtures and materials, it is critical not to save to the point of compromising the quality. Getting way too low or too extravagant can cause you more trouble later on. For instance, cheap cabinets will have doors that don’t fit properly. This is also true when you choose substandard materials that can lead to water damage,
Mistake #6 – Not matching hardware and fixtures
If you are going to choose a faucet in nickel, the other components (towel bar and rings) should have the same material. Compare finishes before purchasing. If possible, get hardware and fixtures at the same place.
Mistake #7 – Mismatched finishes on the sink, toilet, shower, and tub
Your sink, toilet, and tub should have matching finishes. Before you buy anything, compare samples of materials.
Mistake #8 – Doing it yourself
Doing it all could create costly mistakes if you failed to rewire the room correctly or botch the plumbing. It is recommended that you hire a professional to take over your bathroom remodel. But just a caveat, you should not be lured by a contractor’s proposal that is way too low. Remember, cheaper is not always better. Be sure to work with skilled, licensed, and insured contractors.