30 Jun 7 Bathroom Makeover Mistakes and How to Avoid them
Over the years we have encountered lots of Bathroom mistakes that people have asked us to come and rectify. The following are the most frequent mistakes that we see people making
1. Not budgeting properly
It can be easy to overspend when in any renovation project and bathrooms are no different. If you’re not in control then costs can quickly spiral and end up much higher. To ensure you don’t overspend we recommend using an Excel or Google sheet with everything itemised. This way you can see at a glance exactly what the bottom line is. Having a contingency of about 20 per cent is also good practice, just in case.
Don’t be tempted to cut corners and use inferior materials, inevitably this will end up costing you more in the long run.
2. Rushing in and not doing proper research
It’s easy to get carried away with the latest pictures you see flash up on Instagram or Pinterest, but these shouldn’t replace doing proper research on quality materials in your area. Visiting bathroom showrooms and speaking to a few different bathroom installation companies is usually time well spent.
3. Putting water drainage in the wrong place
Often with DIYers or inexperienced fitters this can be a big Gotcha!. It usually happens when the water drainage pipe isn’t aligned with the plumbing drain, and it can lead to bad odours. An experienced fitter will avoid this, by ensuring they measure the bath and shower correctly and order the best components before installation.
It might sound simple, but there’s nothing worse than a leak in your brand new bathroom.
4. Not including enough storage space
Stay clutter-free in your bathroom with storage boxes, baskets and shelves. Creative small-space hacks will boost bathroom storage, helping you to keep toiletries, makeup, cleaning bottles and towels organised. When redesigning your bathroom, make sure you have factored in adequate storage areas fit for purpose.
5. Inadequate ventilation
An extractor fan is a brilliant way to avoid poor ventilation, and is often forgotten when it comes to a bathroom redesign. As well as de-steaming the room, it will help to prevent mould, mildew and the deterioration of your decoration and finishes due to humidity. Ensure you fit the correct size extractor based on your room size and how far the duct needs to travel.
6. Inadequate lighting
Bad lighting is another common bathroom mistake. This can easily be avoided with proper planning. Take into account what natural light there is, if any. Then consider the different times of day that the bathroom will be used. Nowadays there are lots of options with things like recessed LED’s or backlit mirrors. An experienced bathroom installation company will have an electrician on their team who can advise you of the options.
7. Not getting expert advice
Getting a bathroom renovated is likely something you will do once or twice in your lifetime. Like most things it makes sense to talk to a professional who does this on a daily basis. Here at Bespoke Bathrooms that is all we do. We’re not trying to ‘blow our own trumpet’ but we’ve come across most bathroom renovation challenges and know how to overcome them.