One of the most exciting projects homeowners take on is a bathroom remodel. With so many options and designers today there is no shortage of creative ways someone can create a bath to fit their style and the style of their home. With all that creativity comes analysis paralysis and blind spots, so we put together a short list of things to avoid when deciding to upgrade your bath.
Starting without a plan.
It can pay dividends in time and money to go through the whole project on paper first. Designers, websites, and books can help shape the idea of what you’d like to create but actually going in and measuring the entirety of your bathroom will give you an idea of just how big of a project a remodel can be. Measure the size of the tub, space for a vanity, how long the toilet can be, the space doors and drawers will open to. Bathrooms offer a respite from the outside world and should feel comfortable. Don’t let an incomplete project become a massive headache.
Not having enough ventilation.
Bathrooms carry a lot of moisture and not all of it can escape down a drain. Having good ventilation can save you heartache and money. Most exhaust fans made for the bathroom have information on their packaging detailing how big of a space it can efficiently ventilate. Choosing the right one will keep moisture out of the air, and in doing so keep paint, grout, and anything made of metal from deteriorating and tarnishing.
Not planning your lighting!
As said above, a bathroom is usually a smaller space and modern designs are created with the idea of making it a comfortable space. Too much light, and the room might be too intense to be in for too long. Not enough and the room becomes dull. The color of your vanity, tub, shower, paint, and fixtures as well as your selection of bathroom mirror should guide your choice in color, intensity, and placement of lights in the bathroom.
Towels, soap, shampoo, cleaning solutions, plungers, and a whole lot else should be easy to find and get to within the bathroom. While not usually large, a bathroom can make use of higher shelving, corner shelves, and vanity compartments for optimal storage space. Before going into the remodel, consider all the items you currently have in the room. What needs to stay, what needs to go, and is there anything you wish you had room for that isn’t there already?
Not reading up on materials and designs you’re considering.
We talked about ventilation and water, and there’s another important consideration for bathrooms: temperature. All three of these things can do a lot of damage to makeup of the room. Wallpaper, laminate flooring, slick glass or stone, and the worst bathroom decision, carpet, should all be avoid for their various shortcoming, whether safety related or lack or durability. There are a lot of caulks, grout, tiles, and backsplashes available in stores and online so make sure to read through their specifications to know they’ll stand up to the task.
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