When remodeling your bathroom, it’s important that your money is being used effectively. Certain things you may want to do can be costly, which can make it difficult for you to allocate your budget to other areas. If you do not know what these things may be, you can end up with a higher estimate than you were anticipating. Here are the top things to avoid to ensure you stay within your budget.
New plumbing is among the most expensive things to have done in a remodel. Moving a fixture such as a sink, toilet, or shower from where it is to a new location adds potentially thousands of dollars to your remodeling cost, so decide whether this is a necessity for improving your bathroom. If you decide that you can live without moving fixtures, browse online for suggestions about how you can enhance your layout.
Lacking A Plan
To properly explain your idea and make sure it can be done, it helps to draw out your ideas. If needed, get the assistance of a designer. Be sure to consider where the doors, windows, plumbing, and wires are.
Not Agreeing to A Fixed-Price Contract
Be sure to have a fixed-price contract with anyone you have remodel your home. Discuss with them what you want to do, the prices, and create a detailed contract that includes a list of what the contractor is to perform as well as the materials used and a change policy.
Putting Appearance Before Function
When you design your dream bathroom, it’s easy to disregard the actual functionality in favour of appearances. Be sure when you’re planning to think about the safety, comfort, and accessibility of your new bathroom, and not just focus on aesthetics.
Skimping on Quality Workmanship
Hiring the company that provides you with the lowest quote may not always be the best idea. There is usually a reason why their prices are so low such as they lack the proper licensing, insurance, and experience.
Not Having Reserve Funds
Unexpected issues may arise that can add to your budget. If you aren’t prepared with some extra money to cover these costs, you may end up needing to put your renovation on hold. It is recommended to have approximately 10% additional on top of your remodeling budget. If you use it, you will be thankful that you were prepared, and if you don’t, you will be happy to have some money left over.
Using Incorrect Materials
If you are the one shopping for materials, be sure to select durable and water-resistant items. You may appreciate the looks of some materials, but they may not be suited for use in a bathroom, as moisture will affect them in the form of rust, warping, or peeling paint. Avoid these issues by making sure your materials are designed for bathroom use and install a strong exhaust fan.
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Neglecting Storage Space
Focusing too much on the room’s aesthetics and not considering functional storage during your bathroom renovation is unwise. In addition to popular practical options such as cabinets and vanity drawers, being innovative is essential to utilize the space optimally. You can incorporate a combination of open shelves for attractive accessories, closed storage for bathroom essentials, recessed wall cabinets, and more to enjoy a well-organized space.
Installing bright lights over the shower, vanity, or toilet is not the best idea. Similarly, not having enough lighting fixtures will make the room appear dark and dull. It helps to consider accent, ambient and task lighting and natural light from skylights or windows to have a well-lit bathroom. Implementing a layered design with several lighting sources is a great option to ensure the room is neither too dull nor overly bright. You can also add a reflective backsplash with an easy-to-clean surface to enhance the overall appearance. Also, consider energy-efficient LED lights to reduce your energy consumption. This way, you can have a soothing and relaxing space for your daily self-care routines.
One of the typical bathroom renovation mistakes is not considering ventilation. If it is not done correctly, it may lead to mould growth. Proper ventilation helps prevent trapped moisture, extracts steam after hot showers, and keeps your bathroom fresh. Hiring professional renovations services is the best way to determine if your current ventilation system works with your bathroom layout. Be sure to discuss the budget requirements for this home improvement to avoid surprises.
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