How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Mistakes In Bathroom Remodels

Example of a dated bathroom

1. Not spending enough time in the design phase.
When remodeling your bathroom, you must not only think of aesthetics but you need to consider functionality as well. Is a large shower important or are you a bath lover? Think of how you want to use the space and what the most important qualities and amenities to you. Using a designer may cost you more money on the front end, but in the long run you end up saving money due to avoiding costly mistakes. A designer can also save you money on materials, and other resources you may not even be aware of.

2. Overlooking the importance of ventilation.
Let’s face it: If it looks good and smells bad you have failed. While the bathroom fan is not as sexy as the new tile, it is every bit as important. Making sure you have enough ventilation will keep your space fresh and will protect surfaces from getting too much moisture causing mold. The best part the new fans are so quiet!

3. Making the toilet the focal point.
Typically, the toilet should be in a separate closed-off space. If this is not possible then be sure it’s placed in a non-conspicuous area so that it is not the first thing you see when you open the door.

4. Unrealistic expectations.
You can’t believe everything you see on TV nowadays. Most design shows create unrealistic expectations for budget and job schedules. Bathroom remodels can have quite a range in pricing depending on both the type of bath, size, and material selections. With the current remodeling boom, we are seeing longer lead times on both materials and subcontractors. Plan ahead for your project and order material as early in the process as you can.

5. Not enough lighting flexibility.
It is best to have a least two different lighting types in a bathroom. You should have general lighting as well as task lighting. If you’re lighting a guest bathroom ambient lighting is important as well. Dimmers give you lots of flexibility to create different moods. Your daytime lighting for your guest bath should look completely different from your evening entertaining light level. Adding LED strip lighting to the underside of cabinets can add a dramatic look. Make sure to have separate circuits for the task and ambient lighting so they can be used as needed.