5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

by Editor on July 9, 2013

Bathroom

Although you no doubt want the shared spaces in your home to be functional and beautiful for the benefit of everyone living in your household (or visiting, for that matter), you don’t have to neglect the rooms in the house that are just for you. In fact, since your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, you should spend equal time considering a master bath remodel that will give you the relaxing space you need to unwind and get away from it all. We tend to put ourselves last and devote our energies to others, but unless you take care of yourself once in a while, you’re going to get burned out. Of course, you can’t just jump into the renovation process head first or you’re likely to end up making a ton of costly mistakes. Here are a few common blunders you’ll certainly want to avoid when it comes to remodeling your master bathroom.

  1. Failure to plan. It is imperative to spend some time on the planning process, and this includes setting a budget (don’t forget to add 20% for unforeseen issues), laying out a floor plan, selecting materials and pieces to furnish the space, and of course, getting bids from contractors and making sure that you can actually complete the remodel you want on the budget you’ve set. It can be tempting to jump right in and start buying things, but when you fail to engage in the planning process you’re bound to end up wasting time and money down the line.
  2. Failure to measure. Just because you think you’ve found the perfect Jacuzzi tub to complete your spa-like bathroom doesn’t mean it’s going to fit in your space. If you’re going to save yourself a little money by finding some of the pieces for your new en suite on your own (so you don’t have to pay the contractor to do it for you), make sure to take precise measurements so that you don’t wind up with bathroom furniture that you can’t get through the door.
  3. Choosing trendy colors. If you want to paint the walls in a color that is trending this season, by all means do so – you can easily change it next year. But steer clear of installing permanent fixtures like tile or a tub that are on trend. Colors phase in and out of popularity (as you well know if you’ve ever suffered the olive green and orange palette popular in ’70s decor). So stick with neutrals for the permanent pieces in your bathroom and show your personality through paint and accessories.
  4. Ignoring the style of your house. You can certainly put ultramodern fixtures into an antique home or vice versa, but you might want to try to conform to the style of your house when you remodel your bathroom. There are a couple of reasons. First, the wrong products can look out of place amongst your architecture. However, you may also want to consider how prospective buyers will look at your home down the line. If you have any thought of selling one day, you want your property to be a beautiful, functional, and cohesive whole rather than an unsightly mish-mash of styles.
  5. Neglecting your duties. As a homeowner, the responsibility falls on you to ensure that you’re getting the best products at the best price and that what you get is what you actually want. This means doing some homework to find what works best for your home. Instead of letting your contractor choose the toilet, tub, and sink, exercise due diligence to determine whether a low-flow toilet, a dual-flush system, or a Saniflo is right for your space. Look at different options and brands and you’re sure to find the products that meet all of your wants and needs, from function to form to finances.
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