Renovating an important room like the bathroom can be fraught with problems but if you know the most common mistakes other people have made and seek the advice of a qualified professional bathroom renovator, you will be able to breeze through the renovation process.
The main area that causes problems is determining a workable budget. Some experts will tell you to expect to come in over budget; they advise people to allow around fifteen or twenty percent extra for unforeseen circumstances. There are several unknown factors that can affect the total cost with bathroom renovation, including the effect of mould, old or faulty plumbing, inadequate water pressure and electrical work.
It is important not to cut corners when renovating the bathroom. Statistics show that nearly seventy percent of all household accidents occur in this part of the home and when you consider that this room combines water, electricity, glass and slippery surfaces, it’s easy to understand why. So it is vital that you get a professional to install things like power points, lights, plumbing and fixtures to be sure that they are safe and comply with council regulations.
Don’t scrimp on space when you are planning a new bathroom. It’s easy to think that you can save some money by reducing the size of the bathroom itself or the shower recess or vanity. This short-sighted approach is going to leave you with an unworkable room that is uncomfortable to use, and let’s face it, you do need to feel comfortable when using the bathroom. You may not be able to change the actual size of the room with a renovation but clever placement of elements can maximize the space for you.
Storage is one of the most important criteria to consider when renovating the bathroom. You can’t have too much storage, so aim to maximize this element right from the design stage. There has been a return in popularity of the pedestal basins of times gone by and these are very attractive, especially if you have similar décor in your home. However, this is just one example of how storage can be lost during a renovation, when you compare them to a vanity unit. Corners are an excellent place to add extra storage for small items that need to be easily reached.
A bathroom renovation should be designed for the long-term so choose fixtures and fittings that are durable and will continue to service the needs of the occupants for many years to come. Think about resale value and appeal as well; you might not be planning on selling up but this could change in the future.
As with fashion, trends in bathrooms come and go. You might fall in love with the latest trend in basins or colour schemes but will they stand the test of time? Trends are just that; transitory ideas that can lose their appeal very quickly. So stop and consider whether you will still love the latest trend in bathroom deign in several years’ time. Remember, you have to use this important room every day and, while you can change painted surfaces and towel colours, you do need to choose permanent elements that will stand the test of time.
Some people choose materials that are unsuited to the environment of a bathroom in everyday use. Remember that this room experiences heat, cold, damp and moisture on a daily basis and so the materials you use must be able to stand up to these conditions. Be advised by your renovation specialist as to what materials are best to use and which one you should avoid.
Think about the environment when planning a bathroom renovation. These days there are many water and power saving devices that are easy to install during the renovation process. Do some research to discover how you can help the environment and yourself at the same time. Not only will you be saving valuable natural resources, like water, you will also notice a huge saving off your power and water bills.
Not installing adequate lighting is another common mistake people make when renovating the bathroom. This is one room where you need maximum illumination at times and it’s best to have it installed as part of the renovation process. Identify spots where you need the brightest light, such as near the basin for shaving and applying makeup. If you love to take long baths by candlelight, allow for lights that dim to create the right atmosphere.
One of the most important factors to consider when renovating a bathroom is to allow for adequate ventilation to help prevent mould and mildew problems and to keep the air fresh and clean. The type and size of ventilation appliances will be determined by the size of the room, the height of the ceilings and the windows in the room.
To avoid bathroom renovation disasters, keep these ten common mistakes in mind when you are planning and designing your makeover. Then you will be happy with the results now as well as in the years of use that the new bathroom will receive.