Avoid These Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

Whether you’re renovating your bathroom from the ground up and starting over, or giving your bathroom a cosmetic makeover, remember that the path to your dream bathroom isn’t always smooth. In fact, with so much going on – plumbing, electrical, furniture, tiling, extremely heavy fittings, etc. – there are many opportunities for error.

One way to avoid these mistakes is to learn from where others have made mistakes. Here are a few examples of common bathroom remodeling mistakes so you know better than to repeat them.

Common bathroom renovation mistakes to avoid

Of course, a lot depends on the scope of your renovation, when your home was built, your budget, and how much of the project you’re doing yourself, but here are some mistakes that – of some form – can occur in most bathroom renovations:

Ventilation not considered

Considering the total hot water consumption in the bathroom, at least some form of ventilation is required. If you’re doing a colon cleanse, consider adding an exhaust fan if you don’t already have one, or upgrading the one you already have.

If you rely on a window for ventilation, make sure it’s easily accessible (i.e. don’t put a large piece of furniture in front of it or install curtains that get in the way).

overcrowding of the place

As for the rooms, the bathrooms tend to be on the small side, so keep the space as open as possible. That means paying attention to the dimensions of fixtures like toilets, sinks, and tubs, and not adding unnecessary decorations or furniture that make maneuvering around the room difficult. This is especially true when it comes to making sure the path to the toilet is clear.

Installing the wrong amount and type of lighting

The bathroom is usually the space people look at for things like shaving, makeup, or looking at their face closely enough to decide whether or not to pop a pimple. For this reason, the bathroom should be well lit.

At the same time, you also don’t want your bathroom to be so brightly lit that it doesn’t provide the relaxing atmosphere you desire while you’re soaking in the tub, or that you’re fully awakened in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom.

This is something many people realize after renovation, having just installed a single light fixture that can only be turned on or off. Ideally, you want layered lighting in your bathroom—that means installing dimmable lights and additional sets of lights (like brighter ones, vanity bulbs) around the mirror that can be turned on or off as needed.

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