10 Mistakes To Avoid In A Bathroom Remodel
Remodelling a bathroom can be a great way of breathing new life into an often-overlooked part of the house, whether it’s simply replacing tired fixtures or ripping everything out and starting again from scratch. However, tackling such a project can be fraught with costly pitfalls and avoiding these is key to a successful job.
So here at HOMYZE we’ve put together a list of 10 common mistakes often made during a bathroom remodel to hopefully help you avoid the many pitfalls involved.
1) Preparation, preparation, preparation
The first step to any remodelling job, and by far the most important, is preparation, which can be the difference between success and an absolute disaster.
So before taking a sledgehammer to your bathroom or picking out the type of taps you fancy, you need to take some time to assess your resources and requirements whether that be time, money or space.
Obvious things like budgeting, the correct tools and what work will require a tradesman can often be overlooked when planning for a remodel. Ensuring all these are in place will help the rest of the project run smoothly and avoid any wasted time.
2) Ventilation is key
Ventilation can often seem more like an afterthought than a key priority, but it really shouldn’t be. The horror of discovering mold in your recently remodelled bathroom can put all your hard work to waste.
When planning for your remodel, ensure that you have at the very least one good ventilation source. A large, fully operational window is a good option, particularly in the summer, but an extractor fan can go a long way to prevent a build-up of moisture all year round. When installing an extractor fan into your bathroom you will want to consider a number of things:
• How noisy will the fan be, particularly if the bathroom is next to a bedroom? We install many extractor fans, and will often opt for VentAxia’s ‘Silent’ models when asked to recommend (even though they are not actually silent!).
• How big is the bathroom? A larger scale bathroom will need a stronger extractor fan compared to that of a small bathroom.
• What is the distance between the extractor fan and the outside of your home?
Whilst we are on the subject of mould, another great tip for preventing its growth in your bathroom (as well as in other rooms in the home) is to use a good mould resistant paint to help keep away this pesky damp problem.
3) Count the costs
One of the mistakes to avoid in a bathroom remodel (as well as with many other rooms of the home) is a poorly planned budget. Remember to total up the costs for everything before you begin, and stick to a strict plan throughout the work. Whatever you do, don’t fool yourself when it comes to the costs and ensure that you have the money for the complete project available (plus a little extra should anything go wrong!).
Getting parts of the project finished as and when you can afford it will lead to a longer work process and higher overall costs, while in some cases the full work may not even end up being completed.
4) Don’t lose steam
While a remodelling project can initially be exciting and filled with possibilities, the reality is that it can often be an arduous undertaking filled with problems and setbacks. As a result of these issues, more than a fair share of remodelling projects aren’t ever truly completed.
The key here is to stick to the original plan; mistakes often happen when things are rushed so taking your time will be worth it in the end.
5) Be aware of space
Trying to squeeze everything into your bathroom is not always a great idea. A spacious bathroom will be more appealing than one that requires you to duck down to simply use the sink. Be smart when setting out your bathroom plans: if you’ve got a toilet just down the hall, you might not need to squeeze one in between the shower and sink.
While it might be tempting to rid your room of its bath to free up quite a bit of space, be aware that this can affect your home’s resale value especially if it is the only one.
Being clever with your storage options can also be a great way of saving space within your bathroom. Installing mirrored storage cabinets provides the role of extra space and reflected surface that’s so essential to any bathroom. Creating handcrafted cupboards built around your bathroom’s plumbing can also create that extra bit of room while hiding those unsightly under sink pipes.
6) Get the right materials
With all the excitement of setting out plans and imagining what your new bathroom is going to look like, searching for the right materials can often become a bit last minute. However, you need to ensure that this isn’t the case, as the wrong materials might set you back in time and in money later on.
When deciding upon your materials, it’s always best to go with quality over a cheaper alternative. While it may be tempting to go for the money-saving option, remember that these will be a part of your day-to-day life and will see plenty of wear and tear over the years.
Don’t forget, cheaper materials will likely need replacing at a much earlier date, and therefore you may not end up saving any money in the long run.
7) Make sure your tradesman has the right qualifications
Hiring a plumber to help out with your bathroom remodelling project can be a great way of tackling the tricky issues you don’t quite have the confidence to do yourself. Though with this added cost only increasing what’s likely an already-stretched budget, the temptation to cut corners with a tradesman can be tempting. And you will soon find that the cheaper option may not be the best option.
So when it comes to hiring a tradesman, the best method for guaranteeing that they are a good fit for the job is to ensure that they possess the right qualifications. At the very least you will want to be looking for at least a level 2 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating for any plumbers that you hire for the work.
For more information on hiring the right tradesmen, check out the Homyze Guide on ‘How to find the Best Local Tradesmen‘.
8) And make sure you have the correct permits if needed
Alongside ensuring that your tradesman has the correct qualifications to carry out any work on your home, making sure that they also registered with a competent person scheme is also just as important. Being a part of this scheme allows your tradesman to carry out work on your home without needing approval from the local authority. Such work includes:
• Replacing a fuse box and connected electrics
• Changing of electrics near a bath or shower
• Installing a fixed air-conditioning unit
• Replacing windows or doors
• Installing or replacing a heating system
• Adding extra radiators to a heating system
9) A (bath)room with a view
Windows can often be a tricky issue when it comes to bathrooms. No one wants a dark bathroom but at the same time, you don’t want to give the outside world a front row seat to your private shower time. It’s also worth remembering that your bathroom window will be your main source of light, invaluable for shaving or applying make-up. However, these tricky issues can often be resolved simply by installing obscured glass or by adding a skylight if possible. This will allow you to invite in both light and air, but not the gaze of your neighbours.
Making sure that all your new surfaces and features are waterproof may seem like an obvious point to highlight, but it can often be overlooked in favour of style or cost.
Disregarding this advice and going with materials that are not waterproof can lead to a number of problems down the line. The main trouble, which you will soon discover on surfaces that are not waterproof, is their ability to quickly become slippery when wet, which may lead to all manner of accidents.
You’ll also find that these surfaces and features will deteriorate over time or start to rot or swell. Unfortunately, this may lead you into having to replace the damaged materials and all at a further cost to yourself.
When it comes to materials to avoid, wood will often find itself at the top of the list. It’s tendency to warp when in repeated contact with water will soon find your bathroom with a wobbly floor and out of shape features. Carpet should also be avoided, as its ability to remain damp will only help the growth of mould and eventual rotting away.
Check out Homyze’s best bathroom flooring ideas and how to’s guide for more inspiration
Mistakes happen, that’s a part of life. But being aware of the risks that are out there can help you to lower the chances of such problems happening. So when it comes to remodelling your bathroom, being as clued up as possible as to when and what things are likely to go wrong can help you avoid any such nasty surprises.
Should the worst happen and you make a mistake with your bathroom remodel, our helpful tradesmen are always on hand to step in. Booking has never been easier, whether that’s through the app, website, or phone call. Our tradesmen are all fully vetted and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.