4 Classic Bathroom Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
An expert reveals the blunders many first-time renovators make so you can factor them in
Here are the most common errors first-timers make with bathroom projects, along with tips on how you can avoid making them yourself. Included are photos of beautiful bathrooms that do it right.
Many inexperienced homeowners don’t spend enough time planning their costs before the bathroom renovation starts. This can cause major setbacks down the road, including not being able to finish the project.
It’s essential to establish your redesign budget as accurately as you can before the work starts. Create a list of exactly what you’ll be replacing or repairing, such as shower walls, taps, mirrors and cabinetry. If you’re planning to replace any tiles, you’ll also have to work out the square footage you’ll need.
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I’d recommend adding a buffer of about 10% to the budget to pay for any unexpected costs that crop up – because chances are, they will.
I’m a big advocate of repairing rather than replacing where possible. Some first-time redesigners get a little ‘demolition happy’ and want to replace everything in a bathroom, which can cost a lot of unexpected money and time.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is trying to cut corners by not using quality professionals or products. Renovating is not about cutting corners, or smoke and mirrors – there’s no room for poor finishes or unsafe practices.
When it comes to a bathroom refresh, you don’t want iffy waterproofing. Trust me, when it comes to your budget, this is where you should invest. Do it right the first time by working with trained and certified waterproofing contractors.
Just like every other room in the house, good storage in a bathroom is essential if you want it to function well and look clean and uncluttered. You’ll need space for make-up, medicines, toiletries, towels and more, depending on how many people will be using the room.
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