Building a better bathroom might look easy, but there are definitely elements of bathroom design where you can step in it — well, not literally, but in your planning strategy. Let’s look at 6-bathroom unfriendly design considerations that will dethrone your plans for a successful upgrade.
6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Remodeling Your Bathroom
1. Not Planning Important Details Ahead Of Time
No homeowner should start a demolition project without a plan. You need to identify your specific goals and that includes the purpose of your remodel. Do you need a more efficient bathroom that will save on utility bills in the future and reduce negative impact on the environment? Is your bathroom not safe enough? Are mold and mildew making it difficult to clean your bathroom?
Even a seemingly minor decision, like which tile you will use to border the tub, can greatly affect the overall style and function of your bathroom.
2. Failing To Add Sufficient Storage
It is true that homeowners generally choose to preserve space rather than to install additional fixtures in their bathrooms. But this does not mean you need to settle for an overly minimalistic interior remodeling design-especially if it is simply not to your liking. Be sure to retain adequate space to properly store clean linens and other items in closets, cabinets and built-in nooks.
3. Making The Toilet The First Thing You See
It is not ideal to make the toilet the first item you see when you set foot in your bathroom. While this does not require you to build a private closet for your toilet, you should definitely consider ways to reduce its presence visually.
4. Forgetting To Plan For Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation in the bathroom is critical to ease of maintenance. This rings particularly true in humid environments. Ask your remodeling contractor to ensure healthy air circulation before kicking off the renovation. He will need to plan for HVAC systems and electrical installation as well.
5. Uncomfortable Spacing
If you’ve ever tried to fit into a pair of jeans that are a size too small, you can appreciate the discomfort and inconvenience of using a tiny bathroom day after day. Yes, building codes do mandate some minimal spacing guidelines, but the minimum legal requirements don’t take into account your love affair with cheesecake or the fact that your favorite chenille bathrobe takes up as much room as a bedspread. When it comes to the bathroom, more is definitely more — space wise, anyway. If you’re converting a closet into a bathroom, you’ll have to make some compromises, but if you’re starting from scratch, consider space a luxury item and indulge yourself.
6. Going Too Trendy
An illuminated faucet and waterfall showerhead may seem like the latest thing in personal indulgence, but what’s very in today will probably be very out within five years, maybe less. This goes for fixtures, materials and especially for your design palette (the color scheme you use). Embrace this expert advice: Stick with neutral colors, classic styles and quality, natural materials. If you want to go a little wild, do it with accessory items — anything you can remove without a wrench, screwdriver or sledgehammer.