Remodeling a bathroom is a big endeavor in any home. Putting in a new bathroom can get expensive when taking into account the plumbing fixtures, ventilation, electrical wiring, and furnishings needed to create a quality space. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure that the design is not only functional, but that the client will be satisfied with the result. When making renovation plans, be sure to be aware of these common mistakes so that you can both avoid a remodeling catastrophe and create a bathroom you’re proud of.
Those With Home Renovation Training Should Prioritize the Layout
When planning to remodel a bathroom, make sure you’re accounting for the many things that could affect the layout and function of the room. Failing to account for existing infrastructure, placing fixtures inefficiently, or making measuring mistakes can all lead to a bathroom remodel disaster. Plan ahead by figuring out where plumbing points will go and ensuring they work with the walls and features already in place. As those with home renovation training might know, moving these points can be expensive, and this will save both time and money.
Additionally, take the time to measure out the space for fixtures like bathtubs, vanities, toilets, and showers. Make sure that these fixtures have enough space between them to move around comfortably in the space, while still being able to clean between and around the fixtures. When measuring, consider the way that drawers will open, and make sure not to put the toilet in direct view of the opening door, because who wants to see that? Establishing a clear layout before beginning your remodeling project will help you to avoid unnecessary and hard-to-fix mistakes later in the process.
Don’t Skimp on Lighting
Lighting can make or break a bathroom. Too much overhead light can create shadowing, and lights that are too bright could work to make the bathroom less relaxing. Consider using multiple different lighting sources to create a layered design. Wall lights near the mirror make for optimal lighting when looking in the mirror, and LED strips are a good option for a softer light. If the lights are wired so that they can be turned on individually, everyone using the bathroom can be satisfied with the lighting by adjusting it to their liking.
Plan for Ventilation
If you’re in home renovation school, you’re probably aware that the bathroom requires more ventilation than most other rooms in a home. If the bathroom doesn’t have a window, a fan is required by code, but investing in a good vent is always a good idea. A fan will prevent condensation, damage to paint, and combat the growth of mold spores. Think about equipping the bathroom with a fan that has a timer switch to ensure that it’s being put to good use.
Mismatching Materials? Maybe Not
While it might be tempting to add splashes of colour to a bathroom by mixing and matching materials and textures, this will prevent the finished product from having a sophisticated, cohesive feel. Try to use a maximum of two different kinds of tiles, woods, or metals, and make sure to choose materials that are meant for a bathroom. Because of the temperature changes and higher than average moisture levels that bathrooms face, installing materials not made for the bathroom could lead to mildew or warping. By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll be ready to build a bathroom that’s both functional and appealing.
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