There is nothing more pleasurable and comfortable than a functional bathroom. So when it’s time to remodel your bathroom, cutting corners is not an option.
Bathroom remodels and redesigns have a lot of moving parts. Apart from the layout and design, you have to take special care to address any plumbing issues. For your bathroom remodel to go as smoothly as possible, avoid these mistakes we see homeowners often make:
Not doing your research.
If you want a bathroom that’s going to continue to take your breath away year after year, you need to do your research. Take the time to look at photos, designs and styles to hone in on your tastes. Go online to check out the latest bathroom furnishings and layouts. The convenience of the internet lets you see a world of options without ever leaving your home.
When you find styles you like, save them. Photos are very helpful in the design process. You’ll be able to show the photos you’ve saved to your designer, and let them know which elements stand out to you, so they can be emulated in your own design.
Demo-ing everything without a plan.
Some people think that stripping down a bathroom is a walk in the park. But don’t start tearing out vanities and knocking down counters just yet. Remodeling a bathroom requires a lot of plumbing and careful planning.
If you’re not sure what needs to be taken out, and how to properly do it, it’s best to consult with a professional. Convey the vision of your bathroom to a professional bathroom remodeler and they will be able to plan and measure everything to make your vision come to life.
Not having a realistic timeline.
A bathroom remodel doesn’t happen overnight. But that doesn’t mean it is a year-long project, either. Make sure that you have a realistic timeline for your bathroom project. You don’t want to be rushing to complete everything, but you also don’t want to be living with a half-finished bathroom for longer than you need to be.
If you are unsure of what is a realistic timeline for your bathroom remodel, work with a turn key company. They will lay out exactly what happens, and when.
Compromising on quality material.
A common bathroom remodeling mistake is going cheap on important items that get the most use. A faucet may seem like a small detail that you can save a few dollars on, but if it breaks, it could turn into a costly repair. Avoid buying cheap, unreliable materials. The best thing that you can do is ask your designer for recommendations on brands that are affordable while still maintaining high quality standards. At Kingswood Designs, we use a number of brands and manufacturers that we know and trust.
Bathroom remodeling without the future in mind.
You can’t predict the future, but you can try to plan for it. We often see homeowners who end up having to re-do their bathrooms after only a few years because their lifestyle has changed. For example, they needed to install a bathtub in addition to their walk-in shower to bathe their young children.
Try to think about what changes you and your family might go through in the future, and incorporate them in your bathroom design.
Forgetting about storage.
Storage! You can never have too much of it. Don’t ignore storage in your bathroom. If you’ve ever had to run from the shower to the hallway linen closet to track down a towel, you know how convenient a bathroom closet can be! If you have the space for it, add storage to your bathroom design.
Not hiring a professional.
A bathroom remodel is a big project. It requires knowledge and expertise that you will only find working with a seasoned pro. Hiring a professional provides a multitude of benefits that will make your project easier, while giving you the greatest value for your money spent. It is the best thing that you can do to ensure your project goes smoothly.
The benefits of hiring a professional bathroom remodeler:
- A designer will have knowledge on how to make the best use of space. They will be able to accommodate all the features and fixtures you want, without feeling cramped. Designers have extensive knowledge on the materials used, helping you pick the best material for your specific bathroom.
- Designers also have an eye for detail. They’ll help you turn your vision into a reality. From tile work, to countertops, a professional helps you put it all together.
- Professionals bring to the table the ability to put together a realistic budget and timeline. Budgeting and time management during renovation can be frustrating. You will relax when you know a professional is keeping you within limits you are comfortable with.
- Working with an experienced designer ensures you’re getting a fresh style that’s customized to your liking. They can also recommend possibilities you never would have considered on your own.
- Professionals have the appropriate tools and equipment, and the knowledge and ability to properly use them.
More often than not, it is better to hire a professional for any remodeling project. It is the best way to ensure a job is done properly, efficiently, safely, and cost-efficiently. If you want to get some advice and insight on your bathroom project, give us a call today!