Our engineering firm works with a variety of different bathroom remodeling professionals here in St. Louis. Our partners help their clients create spaces they really love, and they often witness tons of missteps in the process. Many inexperienced homeowners aren’t sure how to approach remodeling a bathroom, and waste their time and money in the process. In this article, we’ll discuss many of the common mistakes people make while remodeling their bathrooms so that you can avoid them.
Making the bathroom too prominent.
Bathroom should be a place of privacy, so it’s important that it’s located in a cozy corner of the home. Many remodelers focus so much on opening up a cramped home that they inadvertently create a direct line of sight into the bathroom from the kitchen or dining room, which can ruin the ambiance of both rooms. You’ll also want to make sure that the materials you use in the bathroom give you privacy from the outside world. The last thing you want is for your neighbors to be able to watch you shower.
Not including enough ventilation.
The bathroom is an area that really needs to be able to breathe to avoid mold growing. If your home doesn’t already have it, you should focus on installing a good ventilation system, and include a window you can open as well, if it’s possible. Aside from the potential health issus, it’s just uncomfortable to spend time in a muggy bathroom, so it’s definitely something to avoid.
Trying to install too many features.
If you’re limited by the size of your bathroom, you’ll have to make some decisions about what you really want to include. Don’t try and squeeze too much into a small space, as it will just end up feeling extremely uncomfortable. Obviously, you’ll need a toilet, shower, and sink, but there are many tricks to streamline these features. If you don’t have room for cabinetry, a bathtub, or a complex lighting system, don’t try to include them. The result will detract from the space instead of adding to it.
Changing your mind mid-project.
If you aren’t totally sure of what you want, don’t start remodeling until you are. If you start changing your mind about certain design features in the middle of the remodeling process, it can have negative results for your bathroom in the end. It will likely end up looking less cohesive and less appealing than you had initially planned. On top of that, this can have negative repercussions for your budget, and it can also make it difficult for your contractors to keep on schedule. It’s common to start to feel some doubt about your ideas in the middle of the project, but don’t get discouraged. Once the bathroom is finished, you’ll be sure to love it.
When in doubt about any bathroom remodeling project, consult a professional interior designer. They will be able to steer you in the right direction in terms of both style and practicality, and they can also help you stick to your budget. Although there are many things you can do to remodel your bathroom on your own, this is often too challenging for beginners and should be avoided. With some help and good planning, you can put together a bathroom that you truly love and is comfortable for your guests.