A bathroom renovation can be a tricky project unless you are a pro in this field. Some surprises might manifest once you start removing those old materials, such as plumbing problems, water damages, and moulds. You may commit some mistakes in the process, especially if it’s your first time doing this. However, you can avoid some of the most common errors, which we listed below.
Not setting a realistic budget
Setting a budget that is too small for a major renovation and expecting a great outcome is unrealistic. Set a budget that you can afford, which will not leave you with an empty pocket, or worse, with a debt. Be sure that you have emergency funds to cover added expenses due to errors, changes, or price increases. Set at least a 15% to 20% margin for this.
No clear goal
Starting a bathroom makeover without a clear objective can be a recipe for wasted money and time. Plan for the makeover and be clear on what you want to achieve. Also, align your goal with your budget. Make sure that the budget can cover the upgrades you want.
Focusing on aesthetics over function
There is nothing wrong with wanting an appealing bathroom. However, do not sacrifice function over aesthetics. For example, if you have a small space but decide on a huge shower area or bathtub, it can affect your comfort with the other areas of the bathroom. Instead, consider getting a shower cabin that fits your bathroom. Shower cabins come in different shapes and sizes. It’s easy to find one that is perfect for your bathroom size. You can even maximise the space by opting for one that you can install in the corner. They also look modern, so you get both aesthetic appeal and functionality.
Improper measurement or not measuring
You need to measure the size of your bathroom correctly to ensure that the objects will fit. It’s also why having a plan is vital. You must plan where to place items in your bathroom and have their measurements. This way you don’t end up buying things that do not fit and not being able to use them.
Using incorrect materials
The bathroom is exposed to moisture, so be sure that you only use materials designed for bathroom use. If they are not appropriate for the bathroom, they may not last long, which will cost you more on the premature replacement or repair.
Not fixing small issues
You may see minor issues throughout the process and decide not to do something about them since they are minor concerns anyway. Some examples are missed grout applications or unpainted small areas. These minor issues could add up in the end, and you may end up with an unpleasant sight. Fix minor concerns right away to prevent the said problem.
If you are planning a major bathroom makeover, it’s best to leave it to the professionals if it concerns various aspects, such as plumbing and electricity. Also, while you may want to have the most affordable option for your fixtures or materials, don’t sacrifice their quality.
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