What Not to Do in Your Bathroom Remodel

Friday, January 16th, 2015 by Danny Peterson

Sometimes a Wrong Way sign can be just as helpful as anything else. There are countless articles out there about what you’re supposed to do in a bathroom remodel. Many of them are quite helpful. However, some homeowners may benefit from coming at it from another angle: What shouldn’t you do in a bathroom remodel? Some bathroom remodeling no-nos are obvious. Others are less so. A few particular mistakes to watch out for include:

  • Not budgeting. This one is foundational, and we’d say it about any home improvement or remodeling project. You want to invest in your home, and you don’t want to scrimp, but you also don’t want to break the bank. It’s a good idea to set some basic financial parameters for yourself, and to do so before your planning and your spending start to escalate!
  • Being too cheap. While it’s important to have a budget and to stick with it, it’s also important not to be miserly. You want to invest in a bathroom remodel that will provide you with comfort and luxury. You want to enhance the value of your home. Buying flimsy cabinets, or cheap tile that chips and breaks after a week’s use, is ultimately a waste of your money.
  • Forgetting natural light. Nobody wants to spend time in a bathroom that’s dark. Nobody wants to spend time in a bathroom that’s dingy. And nobody wants to spend time in a bathroom that can’t be well-ventilated! The best way to avoid all three of these scenarios is to make sure your bathroom has windows. Don’t cover your bathroom’s windows as you remodel, and, if you’re actually expanding the bathroom, add new windows if you can. If not, a skylight can be a nice alternative; at the very least, a good ventilation system is needed.
  • Trying to be trendy. Believe it or not, there was a time when green wallpaper was really There was also a time when all the cool kids were using pink tile flooring. The point is, trends come and go, and what seems to be popular today may be kind of embarrassing in just a few years’ time. Instead of going with the trends, it’s always a good idea to aim for something timeless—neutral colors and designs that never go out of style.
  • Focusing too much on style. You want your remodeled bathroom to look good. What you don’t want is for it to be difficult or impractical to use. You don’t want to focus so much on style that you completely neglect everyday use. So think about practical questions. Think about how you and your spouse use the bathroom, day in and day out. Would it be helpful to put the sink and shower in separate rooms, ensuring that one person can get ready while the other showers? Also think about how you’re using the space. You don’t want the space between the toilet and the tub to be so small that your knees are up against your chin when you sit down on the commode!
  • Thinking purely in terms of size. Some homeowners really want to expand the size of their bathroom—and that’s great! Don’t feel like you absolutely have to do this, though. You may not have the space to spare. It’s still possible to fix up a small bathroom space and make it feel luxurious.
  • Doing it yourself. Finally, just remember that a bathroom remodel is a major undertaking. You want it to be done right, which means that you want it to be done by trained bathroom remodeling professionals.

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