Remodeling your bathroom is one of the biggest and most expensive home renovation projects you can undertake. As a matter of fact, the average bathroom remodeling project costs between $15,000 and $20,000 on average, so it’s important that this money is used wisely. However, many people end up making costly mistakes during the process that could be easily avoided. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when remodeling their bathroom.
Moving Fixtures Around
New plumbing is one of the most expensive things when remodeling a bathroom. This is why you should think twice before you start moving major components around and see if it’s really something that is essential. Moving something like a shower, sink, or toilet from one location to another could literally cost you thousands of dollars.
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Try to see if you could achieve the look that you want without moving anything. You could check a few pictures online and look at other bathrooms you like with a similar layout to yours and see if you can pattern your project after them.
Not having a Clear Plan in Place
To make sure that what you have envisioned can be executed, you have to have a clear and detailed drawn out plan of how your finished bathroom will look like. You also have to take things like windows, plumbing, electric wiring and door positioning as well into consideration.
The last thing you want is to rush the project and start tearing down walls, only to find out at the end that it’s not what you wanted. If you’re thinking of moving things around and/or making additions, it would be wise to talk with a designer who could draw out a clear plan with all the changes and additions.
Thinking about Aesthetics before Function
It’s easy to fall in love with a design you saw and want to replicate it without taking functionality into consideration. But the first thing you should be thinking about is comfort and ease of use when remodeling your bathroom. When designing your bathroom, you should think about accessibility, comfort, and safety, then start thinking about aesthetics.
You should also make sure that you choose the right materials as well. The materials you pick should be water resistant and highly durable. You may like how wallpaper or wood flooring looks but think twice about using them in your bathroom design. You don’t want to deal with rusting metal accents, warped wood or peeling wallpaper, so make sure that you choose wisely if you don’t want to end up with unpleasant surprises.
Another thing you could do is consider alternative materials that are not as commonly used. You could go for acrylic for your bathtub, for instance, instead of costlier and less durable options. If you want more information about acrylic bathtubs, you could check out a site like Simpletoilet.Com that feature various models along with reviews.
Now that you know what not to do, plan your next remodeling project correctly and make sure that you do everything in your power to not commit any of these mistakes.
Images – Residence C.A. by W&Li Design Studio