Published on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Remodeling your home can be a very exciting process. It also comes with the pressures of rather big decisions that affect you in the long haul. The right design will give you space and style, all within your budget and maximizing your return on investment. Knowing these 5 mistakes to avoid during your bathroom remodel can ensure your bathroom, whether big or small, is functional, efficient, and beautiful.
The classic-standard bathroom has a small footprint, which makes lighting extra important to create a functional yet soothing space. Often a bathroom is seen as a sanctuary and is also expected to be a room where you are expected to look yourself inside. Consider a pot light to brighten the space without getting in the way or a vanity mirror to accentuate the face, best for the daily primp.
Consider putting the fan and lighting on separate switches. This way you can avoid having the fan turn on every time you use the bathroom in the middle of the night or when you just want to wash your hands. Putting each light source on different switches allows you to choose what you want lit, and when.
A room without circulation, natural light, or fresh air can be uncomfortable. If possible, design your bathroom with space for a window. If access to an exterior wall isn’t possible, consider a skylight to help circulate fresh air and natural light to keep your space comfortable.
Installing a window in your bathroom can enliven the space as well as make it more intimate and welcoming. A few reasons to go windowless include
Number 3 on our list of 5 mistakes to avoid during your bathroom remodel is low ventilation. Invest in a ventilation fan and better yet, use it. Experts suggest running your fan up to 15 minutes after you’ve stepped out of the shower. Doing this helps to reduce condensation and will prevent your ceiling from bubbling and growing mold.
Keep in mind that the larger the square footage, the more cubic feet per minute of air exchange. Additionally, with fans, you tend to get what you pay for. Fans sold for $80 or less often perform very minimally, so investing in a fan $200 or more is a good idea.
A standard toilet requires a full 12-inches from the back wall to the start of the toilet flange/drain. Without the proper space, you will be forced to cut into the drywall behind it, which is a big no-no. Make sure to measure your plumbing clearances and if necessary, have your plumber move them to the right space.
In addition, the toilet should not be the first thing you see as you enter the room. The ideal place for a toilet and shower is in their own room with the sink in a separate space. This way, one person can enjoy the privacy to shower or use the toilet while another can get ready at the sink. If designed ideally, a wall can be built to separate the space as well as not take up too much space.
A common mistake made by homeowners is assuming their bathroom is already square, so they demo the space and rebuild without verifying. If the bathtub isn’t square with the doorway, then your floor can appear crooked at the doorway or tub! To avoid this, measure the space you are remodeling. Framing adjustments can make a world of a difference.
Whether you have an outdated bathroom or simply want a change, a bathroom renovation is a great start to upgrading your home. Your bathroom is used every day, multiple times a day, therefore, it is important it’s in tip-top shape.
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