As exciting as a bathroom remodeling project can be, it is important not to rush into it without putting the necessary thought into it beforehand. Otherwise, you could end up making mistakes that could cost you dearly in the long run.
1. Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Stick to what you can afford, but plan a little extra money for unexpected expenditures. These inevitably arise during every remodeling project. An additional 15% to 20% should be sufficient.
2. Choosing the Wrong Materials
Some materials are more vulnerable to the sometimes harsh conditions in a bathroom than others. The materials you choose should be resistant to mildew, impervious to humidity, and able to handle sudden shifts in temperature.
3. Improper Spacing
The bathroom is usually a small space. It is important to use it wisely and choose a layout that is functional for you as well as aesthetically pleasing.
4. Insufficient Ventilation
Because the bathroom exhaust fan is meant to be unobtrusive, it is easy to forget about it. However, it is a vital function because it removes the excess humidity that could cause materials in your bathroom to deteriorate and allow mildew and mold to flourish. Ensure that your fan is sized appropriately to the space and be sure to vacuum the vent after your remodeling project is completed but before turning it on.
5. Mismatching Your Fixtures
Your bathroom can include tile, metal, and wood mixed together. However, it should not include two or more types of each. That looks tacky and unsophisticated.
6. Following Trends Too Closely
You want a bathroom that will last you for many years. Therefore, you should choose a look that is timeless. What is trendy today may well look dated tomorrow.
7. Dull Lighting
Not optimizing the lighting in your bathroom is not only unattractive, but it is also not very functional. For example, your daily grooming routine will be easier with wall sconces lighting your vanity mirror. You will notice fewer shadows cast onto your face.
Perhaps the most important mistake to avoid during your bathroom remodel is not having a plan in place. Before you start demolishing your existing bathroom, you need to figure out what you want in the space and how you will accomplish it.