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When it comes to your bathroom and even your kitchen, you want a space that feels like an oasis and functions well for your needs considering it’s an area you use every single day. Maybe your current washroom is outdated or tired looking, and its layout has served out its usefulness. Making a change and customizing your bathroom can be extremely rewarding, giving you the ability to add your own style, encourage a positive mindset when using it, and increase your home’s market value. However, while there are plenty of pros to renovating this space, there are also plenty of cons of bathroom remodeling that are crucial to keep in mind before you start tearing down walls or ripping out sinks.
At Westshore Construction, we care about your home and your comfort by making sure your renovation isn’t a struggle due to these classic mistakes. With guaranteed satisfaction and seamless customer service, we’ll bring your bathroom vision to life with ease.
In this post, we’ll discuss the potential pitfalls you should avoid when fixing up your bathroom for a stress-free bathroom renovation.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling
For a bathroom remodel, what you should evade is often what you should do. In other words, if you forget about storage when creating a design plan for your new bathroom, then adding storage is exactly what you need to do!
Below we’ll be discussing the cons of bathroom remodeling and how to ensure you don’t fall victim to these common mistakes.
Lack of Clear Remodel Plan and Budget
When starting a renovation, it’s crucial to have a clear-cut plan with details strategically mapped out, including the cost, to properly estimate the required budget. Re-doing your bathroom involves multiple and varying services generally close to each other both in timing and space. Knowing what service will happen when, such as a toilet installation, helps you get it done right the first time. This helps to prevent headaches, repairs, and replacements, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
In addition, many don’t schedule for shopping along with installation phases. This can create problems and require your renovation to stop or pause mid-project. To help prevent this, be sure to plan ahead. Make time in your design schedule for accurate measurements and square foot counts for items such as tile and to confirm how much is needed, how certain items may fit in your budget, and the nuances of other material availability and necessary quantities.
Forgetting About Space, Function, or Storage
Many homeowners will imagine their ideal bathroom without properly thinking out the size of the space they have to work with, how they use it, or their storage needs. This is a huge misstep as you want to plan out all these factors carefully. If not thought through, you may end up with a vanity that eats up the whole room, making it hard to navigate, or a bathroom that’s beautiful but lacks function and is, therefore, frustrating to use.
Important factors to keep in mind when designing your bathroom overhaul include:
- Implementing storage to keep essentials, such as towels or toiletries, out of sight (vanity with drawers or cabinets)
- Keep counters clear and clutter-free for a relaxing feel (medicine cabinet with an outlet to store easy-access electric toothbrush)
- Utilize every square footage (install floating shelves above the toilet and other usable wall space)
You also want to remember where your current plumbing fixtures are for items like your toilet, shower, tub, and sink. It’s best to keep these fixtures in the same location when designing your bathroom, as changing them can be expensive and force you to expand your overall budget.
Not Properly Planning a Color Scheme or Style
In the frenzy of selecting your favorite colors and styles during your bathroom design, it’s common to forget about cohesiveness. Without this, you can not only make your bathroom feel isolated from the rest of your home but create an area that feels either underwhelming or overwhelming or simply cluttered and a little chaotic.
Do your research and find inspirational images to help you create a mood board complete with color swatches, paint carts, tile samples, and more. This provides a perfect visual guide for your project, allowing you to see style and color scheme wise what works together and what doesn’t before applying any permanent alterations.
Cons Of Bathroom Remodeling: Poorly Planned Lighting
Thinking about the practicality of your lighting is crucial when overhauling your bathroom. That means keeping in mind again how you use your bathroom and the different types of lighting those uses require.
The varying types of lighting you may want to incorporate in your bathroom include:
- Recessed lighting
- Overhead lights
- Ambient or general lighting
- Accent lighting
- Task lighting
- Natural light (windows or skylights)
Inexperienced homeowners tend to forget or overlook proper layering when it comes to lighting making it one of the major cons of bathroom remodeling. This stops your new space from fulfilling or living up to its full potential. For instance, too much lighting can create uncomfortable brightness resulting in a bathroom that lacks a soothing and relaxing ambiance.
However, implementing effective lighting can completely transform an area, making it easier and more enjoyable to use. This is extremely important, considering your bathroom is the central hub for all your daily self-care routines, such as shaving, skincare, makeup application, hairstyling, and more. Simple general ambient light is insufficient for everyday tasks such as these.
You may want to consider adding task lighting in the form of eye-level wall-mounted sconces to help you better take care of different daily functions. Another way to add depth, dimension, and overall warmth to your bathroom, or even highlight an intricate tile design, is with accent lighting, such as a beautiful chandelier with dimmer switches.
Cons Of Bathroom Remodeling: Selecting Unsuitable Materials
When creating your dream bathroom, many first-time renovators make the big mistake of picking materials without thinking about whether they’re suited or appropriate for the job. For instance, implementing the wrong type of flooring can compromise the underlying structure of subflooring, underlayment, or joists. This tends to happen when you install solid hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring, which can warp, stain, or begin to decay over time. Instead, it’s best to select ceramic tile, porcelain tile, luxury vinyl plank, or sheet vinyl flooring, as all these materials shed water versus absorbing it like classic wood.
The same goes for tiles, as each type has what’s called an approved “Area of Use”. In other words, it’s crucial to check where you can safely and effectively use different tile types, which many inexperienced renovators don’t do. Take your time to pick out the right material, color, texture, and size, making sure that you have full knowledge of where certain tile types can and cannot go.
This plays a role in your design plan and overall vision as well. For example, if your space is already on the small side, then utilizing large tiles can make your bathroom appear bigger and give you a modern or seamless finish. On the other hand, when you opt for smaller tiles for a splash of color and bold design, you create more grout lines which can make a small space feel even smaller.
DIY When Should Hire A Pro
In an effort to save money, one of the biggest cons of bathroom remodeling comes when homeowners try to handle projects themselves. Though this may spare a couple of bucks, it can quickly turn into a major remodel regret. Without a pro, it’s easy to spring leaks, install outlets incorrectly, and stumble into other major design mistakes. In the long run, consulting a professional is simply more cost-effective. They have knowledge about spatial planning and material selection, as well as an eye for detail that helps make sure your project remains on budget, on time, and without any necessary corrections or re-do’s in the future.
Call Westshore Construction Today for Your Bathroom Remodel!
At Westshore Construction, we know the importance of having a beautiful, effective, and functional bathroom. With a team of highly trained professionals and expert craftsmen, we have perfected the art of bringing your vision to life. As Tampa Bay’s top contractor in the area, we’re eager to help with quality product design, installation, and results beyond your expectations. We don’t waste your time with shifting deadlines and provide the best materials at the best price, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get the bathroom of your dreams.
Even better? Your life schedule remains the same even with construction happening in your own home. At Westshore Construction, our team works hard to make sure your routine stays the same, with no to limited disturbances throughout the project. This includes keeping the site clean and neat at the end of every workday.
Everyone deserves and needs a space they can relax and relieves themselves of their stresses from the day. So call us for your free estimate today and start enjoying your new bathroom without any renovation hiccups!