Bathrooms and kitchens are the two most commonly used rooms in the home, they are also the rooms that get renovated the most often. When you renovate your bathroom you need to keep function in mind first and then worry about the style. People often look for what looks good rather than what works, here are some bathroom renovation mistakes that you can avoid.
Spend Money Wisely
Bathroom renovation costs can run the gamut from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand depending on what you want your bathroom to look like in the end and the space you have to work with. There are some things that you want to spend money on and other things where you can cut back. Don’t buy cheap fittings, get better taps and worry less about accessories. The bathroom gets a lot of traffic and good taps along with functional sinks and toilets will pay off in the long run.
Pay Attention to the Layout
If you are taking your bathroom right down to the studs and completely redoing it, then be careful where you put things. You want ease of use and where the toilet and bathtub go is important especially if you have a small bathroom. Trying to cram yourself into a tiny space is a disaster you will regret later. Don’t trade off style for function.
Ventilation is a Must
Bathrooms have a lot of moisture and good ventilation is a must if you don’t want to end up with mold. You are going to need a ventilation fan, even if you have a window. Windows are great but if you live in the northern part of the country they will be closed more than half the year. A ventilation fan will take out the moisture even in the cold winter months and make sure you don’t end up with black mold.
Using classic design may seem boring and you want something more exciting and modern. Remember so did everyone who ever put an avocado green toilet in their bathroom. They all regret it now. Rather play around with color on the walls or with accessories. Keep things like the toilet, sink and bathtub neutral colors. You won’t want to rip your bathroom out 5 years from now, nor will it hurt you when you try and sell your home. I promise there will come a time when you regret that fire engine red toilet.