If you are not an interior designer, the best way to avoid making mistakes with your bathroom renovation is by working closely with a trusted contractor like us here at Flooring Masters. Renovating an outdated bathroom makes it more functional, and improves the look and feel of the entire home. More importantly, it adds to the value of your home. For those of you who haven’t found a contractor to work with yet, keep reading to learn the 4 bathroom renovation mistakes to avoid.
Does Tile Size Matter?
Bathroom tiles come in all shapes, sizes, and patterns. There are many different ways to design your bathroom tile. Some of them work better than others, depending on the application. For example, if we are tiling a shower floor, we need to use smaller tiles because it makes the slope toward the drain easier to create. In addition, smaller tile means more grout, which gives more traction and prevents slips and falls. Another thing to keep in mind is that polished tiles should never be used for any type of floor because they are slippery. Choose honed tile instead.
Do You Have A Plan?
The most common mistake that homeowners make with renovations is starting without having a clear cut plan. Before demolition begins, the details have to be worked out to avoid going over budget, and avoid problems like the toilet being too close to the vanity to open the door. If you are sticking to the same sizes for all of your fixtures, and keeping them in the same places, you will avoid these mistakes.
However, if you are looking to relocate the sink or shower, it is vital to speak with an experienced contractor as well as a plumber. It is the only way to know exactly what you are getting into, and what it will cost. Something that often gets overlooked during bathroom renovations is that if you are installing a shower with multiple jets, or a larger tub, you may need to upgrade your water heater so that it can keep up.
Do I Need a Better Bathroom Fan and Lighting?
Bathroom fans are a vital part of every renovation. They keep your bathroom smelling fresh and, more importantly, remove mold causing moisture after a shower. If your current exhaust fan does the job you can keep it. However, we always recommend that homeowners upgrade their fan when renovating their bathroom. New fans are more efficient, and you won’t get stuck in a situation where you have to call us to come back and replace the fan 3 months after we finished renovating the rest.
Lighting is very important in a bathroom, and if your bathroom is outdated, the lighting probably isn’t great.. Vanity bulbs that recreate sunlight are best for applying makeup. Solar tubes and skylights are great for bringing the sun into your bathroom all day long.
Do You Need a Storage Expansion?
Some people renovate their bathrooms just to create more storage. However, many people overlook this vital part of upgrading a bathroom. If you already have a standard vanity and are looking to upgrade storage there are solutions. Even with a small bathroom. Homeowners can assemble and install over the toilet storage. Another option is a contractor building recessed shelving into a wall if the bathroom is small. An enlarged custom vanity is relatively easy to have made by your local cabinet shop if you have enough space.
Need some help finding a walk in shower for aging in place? Call or email Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers today for a free consultation. We know you only want the best in flooring and remodeling. That’s why it’s important to hire the best in the business, and at Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, we can guarantee you that’s us.
Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers have been flooring and remodeling Kentuckiana for over 30 years. Our certified installers have the ingenuity and know-how to assist you in choosing the perfect floors for your home. Don’t take matters into your own hands—let us guide your next project.
About The Author
John Raisor is a former carpenter and current creative and copywriter.