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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Fish

Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Bathroom remodeling is a well-loved home improvement renovation project that can add value to a home. By installing new fixtures, laying down new tile, and making other tasteful changes, you’ll fall in love with your bathroom all over again - or, maybe, for the first time.

What you don’t want to do, however, is make the common mistakes that lead to renovation regrets. Some mistakes are so huge that they affect home value and turn away potential buyers.

Here are some of those bathroom remodeling mistakes you should avoid:

Installing Oversized Fixtures

A bathtub or a vanity that’s too big for the room might offer a lot of functionality, but it’s going to look out of place in your bathroom and possibly get in the way of comfortable movement. If you have a freestanding bathtub, and it’s so big that it doesn’t leave space around it, cleaning would be a problem.

Leave 8 to 12 inches of space around it for cleaning and to make it look at home in your bathroom. Work with your contractor to find the right size fixtures for your newly remodeled bathroom.

Positioning the Toilet Directly Across the Door

If you open the bathroom, and the first thing you see is the toilet, that’s the result of poor designing or relegating your toilet positioning as an afterthought. Instead, position the toilet behind the door or to the side, so it’s not in full view if someone leaves your bathroom door open.

Another worthy consideration is separating the toilet from the shower or bath so two people can use each one at the same time.

Not Thinking About Storage

You might get caught up in making your new bathroom beautiful that you forget to consider the storage. Insufficient storage can lead to extra soaps, shampoos, makeup, toothbrushes, and other products lying around on surfaces not designed for storage.

Work with your room additions and renovation contractor to make sure there’s plenty of storage space in your renovated bathroom. Smart storage spaces are nooks that aren’t obvious, but allow you to keep things out of sight when not in use.

Not Considering the Lighting

Pretty fixtures are not as attractive when you can’t see them well. To add good lighting to your bathroom, make sure to consider the size and positioning of the window. It’s also a good idea to have more than one window if space allows for it. Work with your contractor to identify how you can improve daylighting without compromising your privacy.

Artificial lighting is just as important as bathrooms are used not just during the day. Make sure your lights can illuminate the entire bathroom, leaving no nooks and crannies too dark to move safely.

Use light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lights, which offer better lighting while consuming less energy and lasting longer than regular incandescent bulbs.

A properly planned and ingeniously designed bathroom is a great renovation project. Get in touch with Peartree Homes for your bathroom and kitchen remodeling needs. Call us today at (843) 343-5808 or fill out our contact form.


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