You’ve finally decided to start renovating your bathroom. Congratulations! If you’re like many of the Fox Cities homeowners that we talk to, your renovation is on your mind constantly. Perhaps you’ve searched online, bought design books and magazines, or even have an inspiration board on Pinterest. However, don’t let the excitement blind you from making logical decisions that could potentially save you money and time! Here are some common mistakes we see people make during their bathroom remodel project. Keep these tips in mind as you move forward with creating the bathroom of your dreams!
1. Don’t set an unreasonable budget. Assess what is important and what is not important in accomplishing your renovation goals. In doing this, you can see what is affordable or not in your remodeling budget. It seems simple to just calculate the estimated costs of the materials needed and set your budget up that way, but that isn’t always the best option. Your budget should cover the surprise costs that come up with potential issues in the renovation, such as faulty ventilation systems, signs of mold, drainage issues, or potential plumbing mistakes from the original contractor.
2. Don’t rush your project timeline. Just like anything in life, sometimes your bathroom remodel doesn’t go as planned. Based on what the remodeling project entails, a remodeler can come upon issues within the bathroom or home itself, such as issues with pipes, mold, and mildew. Be optimistic, but don’t be too optimistic because not all house projects will be completed within the given timeline — so don’t rush it.
3. Don’t forget the details. One usually thinks of the bigger picture, but in the case of a bathroom renovation, the smallest details cannot be ignored. Although decisions are hard, try to have all of the cosmetic changes chosen early on, such as tile design, paint color, fixtures, and finish type. Storage is also extremely important. Don’t underestimate the amount of storage you need. Think of the common issues you have with your current bathroom storage and accommodate accordingly. Time is money, and having details thought out before talking to a remodeler can speed up the process.
4. Remember to plan the layout. Let’s say you’re set on having a double sink vanity. Great! But, maybe you also want a spacious walk-in shower. Make sure your wants are possible with the square footage of your bathroom. You don’t want a bathroom that’s crowded with no room for foot traffic, especially if it’s the most used one in the house! Work with designers and plumbing experts to set a realistic layout with room for what is necessary.
5. Trends aren’t always meant to be followed. You may be remodeling because your current bathroom looks old-fashioned compared to the modern bathrooms we see today. Although adding a few modern touches to your bathroom fixtures and design are great, keep in mind this a long term investment. Will that color be “in” 3 years from now? Probably not. Classics are classics for a reason. Remember that it took a while to even start thinking of renovating, so you’re next renovation likely won’t be for a long time. Make these decisions in the present but keep the future in mind.
Ask Mike and Rhonda!
So much time is needed for planning all the details that go into a bathroom renovation. Perhaps, you may even lack time and patience in planning this renovation. No worries! You don’t need to do it alone. Our bathroom remodeling experts at Watters Plumbing, Mike Leatherman and Rhonda DeLeeuw, can handle all the project planning. Both obtain years of experience and can make your bathroom remodeling journey run smoothly!
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