Bathroom Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts
A brilliant way to increase the value of your home is to remodel the bathroom – both in functionality, and aesthetically.
Some Bathroom Remodeling Do’s
Assess the capacity of your bathroom (and be honest about your skill set)
This is where you will need professional consultation and a quote. For example, you may have the vision to add an extra shower into your en-suite bathroom, but your plumbing availabilities don’t allow for it. Professional contractors, such as Miller Construction & Design, have the design knowledge and building experience to advise and consult on your bathroom and what it can become.
Select appropriate finishes
Extending further than the practical error of finishing your bathroom floor with a carpet, do make sure that from a design standing point your trends aren’t too flashy. The last thing that you want is to remodel your bathroom, only to have it become dated in a couple of years.
Maximize storage potential
One thing that you can never have enough of is space (for storage). The bathroom is the perfect location to store linen, toiletries and cleaning supplies, and the most effective spot to include ceiling high wall-to-wall shelving.
Budget for the unexpected
During the remodeling process, previous mishaps can expose themselves. For example, hidden water damage due to a previous (or existing) leak.
Be environmentally conscious
Appliances such as faucets, shower heads and toilets have become increasingly water-efficient. When choosing which features to include in your bathroom remodeling, make sure that you consider the environmental effect they will have on saving water.
Some Bathroom Remodeling Don’ts
Don’t move the plumbing and ventilation
These are the centers around the design of a bathroom. A mistake made with either plumbing or ventilation can prove to be highly costly. Plumbing is a complicated structure, and any bathroom remodeling should occur around the existing plumbing. Ventilation is key to avoiding mold and stagnant humidity in a bathroom. Don’t obstruct any existing ventilation outlets, and be add ventilation to the top of the list of remodeling priorities.
Don’t expose the toilet
Not exactly a structural suggestion based on functionality, but more on personal privacy and discretion. A frosted glass partition or half wall can make all the difference.
Don’t rush the process
Skipping over the planning process. This is where costly mistakes are made. Planning your bathroom remodel will ensure that you don’t compromise functionality in favor of aesthetic appeal. Depending on the bathroom, you may want to consider differing factors. For example, a child’s bathroom may want to consider no-slip tiles, or a pull-out step for reaching the basin. A guest bathroom may need extra shelving. These are all small functionalities with a massive affect. And it is all part of the planning.
Don’t buy products online without seeing them first
Whilst good for inspiration, materials do not always exist as they appear online. Colors, feel and quality can often only be properly assessed when being viewed in person.
Remodeling your bathroom is not a fly-by-night decision. It requires planning, budgeting, and professional guidance and skills. Don’t cut corners on your materials or labor, but rather call in a professional who can help you with your consultation, design, and construction.