Remodeling a bathroom is an exciting endeavor. Get it right, and it will not only work and look great, but it will also improve your home’s value. Get it wrong, and you and your family will have to live with the consequences for a long time. Let’s take a closer look at the most common bathroom remodeling mistakes and how to avoid them.
Failing To Plan The Layout Properly
Wherever possible, it is better to keep the original layout unchanged because it can be very expensive to change it. If you do, however, decide on a different layout, at least try to keep the toilet in the same place – otherwise, costs can easily spiral out of control. Once you’ve decided where that should be located, your next decision is where to place the bathtub, basin, and shower.
Not Making Provision For Adequate Ventilation
People sometimes forget that a bathroom is a very humid environment and that it’s very important to make sure that the ventilation is adequate. One of the most common mistakes is trying to save money on the exhaust fan. It’s vital to select a fan that is large enough for the space since trapped humidity will inevitably lead to mildew and mold over time, both of which are health hazards.
Forgetting About The Importance Of Storage
Every family uses towels, toilet rolls, cleaning products, and toiletries in the bathroom. If you fail to plan for sufficient storage for these (and other similar items) during the remodeling process, you will have limited options to fix the issue afterward. Clever storage solutions include shower recesses, mirror cabinets, vanities, built-in shelving, and linen closets. Your remodeling contractor will be able to give valuable advice about all of these.
Using The Wrong Types Of Materials
This is another very common mistake people make. Marble, for example, might seem like a great choice for a bathroom – but it requires regular maintenance. Ceramics and porcelain are better choices for wall tiles, countertops, and sanitary ware because they are watertight, tough, and have easy-to-wipe surfaces. The marble-like porcelain tiles would be a good substitute in the example. As far as the bathroom floor is concerned, a good option is non-slip bathroom tiles that aren’t too textured. While you want to have a decent amount of grip, if the tiles are too textured you will quickly notice a build-up of limescale.
Too Much, Too Little, Or Dangerous Lighting
In the United States, the NEC (National Electric Code) is written by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). They make rules that e.g. determine where and how far from bathtubs lights may be installed. They also set out the requirements for arc fault circuit interrupters, etc. Bathroom lighting is, therefore, not something to be entrusted to an unqualified DIY enthusiast.
Your bathroom lighting should also not be too bright or too dark. The best is to, wherever possible, use layers of light – from the main light source to wall lights, dimmer lights, and LED lights for highlighting specific areas. The aim is to eliminate dark spots completely while not spoiling the ambiance of the bathroom with excessively bright lights.
Make sure your bathroom meets all of your current, and future, needs. Your remodel designer can help you make the right choices.