Avoid Mistakes on Your Bathroom Renovation Project
Avoid Making These Mistakes on Your Bathroom Renovation Project
You may want to renovate your kitchen to be the home’s hub, but a dream bathroom serves a different purpose altogether. The kitchen brings everyone together, but the bathroom is a retreat from your hectic lifestyle where you can enjoy some much-needed time. Whether you want to relax at the end of a long day or have some peace and quiet, the right bathroom can do both.
However, a bathroom reno, although exciting, is more complex than remodeling some of the other rooms in your home. If you need some help, you should look for the warning signs of a bad contractor in any type of renovation project. But beyond that, there are certain mistakes you’ll want to avoid while renovating your bathroom. Here are 18 things to look out for, according to design experts.
Failing to plan ahead
Some projects don’t take a lot of thought and planning, but this won’t be one of those. “You can wake up on Saturday morning and decide to paint your bedroom or dining room and be successful, but the same is not true with a bathroom project,” explains Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Design in Los Angeles. “You need to be well aware of the plumbing and electrical, understand the different flooring and surface materials… Even a few coats of paint could cause problems if you don’t have good ventilation.” In order words, you need to think through all of those components and more before embarking on a bathroom reno.
His view is shared by Stephen Pallrand, founder at CarbonShack in Los Angeles, who recommends taking the time—and hiring the right professionals if budget allows—to draw up a really good, carefully considered layout. “It can be very tricky to fit in all the various elements you want to include in your new bathroom in a way that (1) makes sense, (2) looks good, (3) functions properly, and (4) conforms to your area’s building codes,” Pallrand recommends drawing up as many different iterations of the bathroom layout as you need to be confident that you’ve considered everything. “Putting in this extra work at the beginning of the project will help you avoid any undesirable, unintended consequences later on,” he says.
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