Common mistakes during a bathroom remodeling project
A revamped bathroom is always a nice adjustment to a home. Bathrooms tend to be the last rooms to be updated because they are not as commonly seen as others. Despite being such a tiny space, there is a lot more to a bathroom remodeling project than probably comes to mind. Be sure to consider these common remodeling mistakes as you tackle the project:
Lacking preparation and planning
Because a bathroom remodel is a complex project, it helps to have a very detailed plan of attack. Detailed plan, meaning specific layout, specific measurements, shopping list, material consideration, budget, contractor assistance, design intentions…the whole nine yards. Preparation for a bathroom remodeling project cannot be stressed enough.
Literally, everything needs to be planned out. If not, you put part of the project at risk, or maybe even the entire project at risk. You can certainly get help and guidance along the way; however, even professionals work better when their client comes to them with a plan.
Overlooking the importance of plumbing
Plumbing is both essential and particular. All pipes and passageways need to be accounted for and properly aligned. If not, you may have some serious trouble on your hands. All it takes is one plumbing mistake for your bathroom to flood. Suddenly, you’re remolding because you have to and not because you want to.
Point being, it’s best to leave the plumbing alone by keeping fixtures in place. If you must adjust the plumbing, leave it to a trusty professional remodeler or plumber to take care of it for you.
Deciding on the wrong materials
Make sure you do your research on materials. Materials for cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and shower makeup are all very important. They are important from an appeal standpoint, but also from a function standpoint. Know which materials combat moisture and which materials parallel your living standards.
Here are a few helpful tidbits:
- Hardwood flooring is risky due to its vulnerability to moisture
- If you are set on a hardwood floor, try vinyl plank or engineered versions
- You should know not to use carpet in bathrooms
- Tile (porcelain or ceramic) is a reliable flooring option, but it is very hard
- Tile also works well as a material for shower walls
- Any stone countertops need to be sealed to protect against moisture
- Cabinetry just needs to fit in with its surroundings, don’t overthink it
Not giving yourself enough storage space
Storage space can always be added; however, later additions may not look as nice or flow as well as on-the-spot additions. One set of overhead cabinets may not do the trick. Floating vanities have become a popular bathroom item, but they generally do not provide as much storage space as a traditional vanity. Just think through your design layout and consider all items that you typically store in a bathroom to ensure the proper amount of storage.
Not trusting the pros
We get it–DIY projects save money and they can be quite rewarding when done correctly. With that said, prioritize quality and execution over savings and pride. The ultimate goal is for your bathroom remodeling project to get done properly. Any misstep pushes back the timeline, inflates the price and causes more stress. Are professional remodelers perfect? No. But they are likely more perfect than you at completing the specific crafts. No offense, it’s just what they do for a living. Therefore, place your trust in the pros to get the job done right!
Hiring pros without understanding the price breakdown
Now, if you go the professional route, make sure you have a clear understanding of costs prior to signing over the job. All pricing should be stated in the contract. Ideally, your hired contractor will give you an itemized list breaking down the pricing for labor, materials and project progress. Fixed-rate remodeling costs are much clearer than alternative billing.
Forgetting about lighting/ventilation
Don’t forget to look up! Lighting and ventilation carry obvious importance in a bathroom remodeling project. Lighting not only aids vision, but it also plays an underrated role in design. There are all sorts of lighting options available to homeowners. The combination of bulbs and fixtures can truly influence the overall bathroom appeal. Ventilation is not at all about appeal; however, it is a necessity. You would certainly regret not installing a bathroom fan.
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