7 Common Mistakes in a Bathroom Remodeling Project
Common mistakes during a bathroom remodeling project
A renovated bathroom is always a nice adjustment to a home. Bathrooms tend to be the last rooms to be updated because they don't receive as many visitors as other rooms. Despite being such a small space, there is a lot more to a bathroom remodeling project than you might think. Make sure to consider these common remodeling mistakes as you take on your bathroom remodel project:
Lack of preparation and planning
Since a bathroom remodel is a complex project, it helps to have a detailed plan. By detailed plan, we mean exact layout, measurements, shopping list, material options, budget, and contractors. Preparation for a bathroom remodeling project cannot be emphasized enough.
Literally, everything should be planned out. If not, you put part of, or maybe all of the project at risk. You can definitely get help and guidance along the way, but even professionals work better when their client comes to them clear plan.
Overlooking the significance of plumbing
Plumbing is both essential and detailed. All pipes need to be accounted for and properly aligned. If not, you might have some serious trouble on your hands. All it takes is one plumbing error for your bathroom to flood. Suddenly, you'll be remodeling because you have to and not because you want to.
The point is that it’s best to leave the plumbing be and keeping fixtures in place. If you must adjust the plumbing, leave it to a professional to take care of it for you.
Choosing the wrong materials
Make sure you do proper research on materials. Materials for cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and showers are all extremely important. They are important from an appeal standpoint, but also from a functional standpoint. Know which materials combat moisture and which materials match your living standards.
Here are a few helpful tips when choosing materials:
- Hardwood flooring is risky due to its vulnerability to moisture
- If you're set on hardwood flooring, try vinyl plank or engineered versions
- You should know not to have carpeting installed in bathrooms
- Tile (porcelain or ceramic) is a reliable flooring option, but it is very hard
- Tile also works well as a material for shower walls
- Any stone countertop needs to be sealed to withstand moisture
- Cabinetry just needs to fit in with its surroundings, don’t overthink it
Not giving yourself enough storage space
Storage space can always be added, but later additions might not look as nice or flow as well as on-the-spot additions. One set of overhead cabinets may not do the trick. Floating vanities have become a popular bathroom item, but they usually don't offer as much storage space as a traditional vanity. Just think through your design layout and consider all the items you normally store in a bathroom to make sure you have the proper amount of storage space.
Not trusting the pros
We get it–DIY projects save money and they can be quite rewarding when completed properly. That being said, prioritize quality of execution over savings and pride. The end goal is for your bathroom remodeling project to get done properly. Any mistake pushes back the timeline, increases the price and causes more stress. Are professionals always perfect? No. But they're probably better than you at completing such projects. After all, it’s what they do for a living. So rely on the pros to get the job done properly!
Hiring professionals without understanding the price breakdown
If you do end up going with the professionals, make sure that you have a clear understanding of pricing before finalizing anything. All pricing details should be explicitly stated in the contract. In an ideal situation, your hired contractor will give you an itemized list breaking down the pricing for labor, materials and project progress. Fixed-rate remodeling costs are much more clear than alternative billing.
Forgetting about lighting/ventilation
Lighting and ventilation have obvious importance in a bathroom remodeling project. Lighting not only aids vision, but it also plays an important, but often overlooked, role in design. There are all kinds of lighting options available for homeowners. The combination of bulbs and fixtures can significantly influence the overall appeal of a bathroom. Ventilation is not about appeal, it's a necessity. You'll definitely want to have a bathroom fan installed.
To help kick off your bathroom remodeling project, give Nadine Floor Company a call at (469) 666-4530. Our experienced staff will handle your project with care and attention to detail. Please visit our website—nadinefloors.com—and check out our blog for more helpful remodeling tips.