Common Mistakes People Make When Undertaking a Bathroom Renovation

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Remodeling any part of your home requires spending a significant amount of money. A bathroom renovation is no different, and if done correctly, it can add value to your home as well as lift your spirits and give you a place to relax in relative peace and quiet.

A bathroom is also an area in your home that is one of the most frequently used areas and becomes an essential part of your daily routine. It would be extremely inconvenient to spend time and money on a renovation project only to find out that you could have done something better.

At Bathroom Renovation Services, we pride ourselves on our ability to make bathroom remodels a success story that aids your happiness. To ensure that there is no disappointment in your reno project, here’s a list of common mistakes to avoid when undertaking a bathroom renovation.

1. Neglecting bathroom ventilation. Bathroom ventilation has gained increasing importance in a home as without a fan and daily use, a bathroom will develop a mold problem. All too often, people make the mistake of not having a fan in the bathroom or ignoring bathroom ventilation altogether. If your bathroom does not have a fan, install one. Bathrooms without fans are either really old or have been grandfathered from a time when building codes allowed no fans if there was a window. Fans are rated by SONE’s (a measure of how loud the fan is). Install a fan of 1.5 SONE or lower.

2. Picking colors based on current trends. A number of customers choose colors based on present fashion trends when getting their bathroom renovated. What they don’t realize is that the bathroom will look awkward the moment those colors are out of fashion.

Remember that in the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe’s Pink and Black was trending. In the 1960’s, it was Avocado Green. Both Pink and Black and Avocado Green quickly went from hot to not. When choosing colors, we always advise clients to go for conservative and time-tested colors, which will provide years of value especially if you sell your home at some point in the future.

3. Poor utilization of space in the bathroom. It’s not uncommon to see larger bathrooms with poor space utilization. Your bathroom should be designed to make use of every inch of space. Sizing fixtures up or down can make using your bathroom a more pleasant and safer experience. 

A slightly larger vanity area with a square corner on the top may result in bruised hips and thighs. A larger bathtub may create an unsafe space between the tub and the toilet. When deciding about space utilization in a bathroom, you must keep in mind the future needs of your family.

For example, a family member, who may in future use a walker or a wheelchair, would be well served with the installation of a pocket door in the bathroom. Most bathrooms with swing doors are not a walker or wheelchair friendly, while most bathrooms with pocket doors are. Consider all the space in your bathroom and also who uses it and how it is used.

4. Using unsuitable materials for bathrooms. Very often, we have seen that people use unsuitable materials, which can’t withstand the extreme range in temperature and humidity levels in a bathroom. You must consider that bathrooms experience the widest environmental range of temperature and humidity than any part of your home.

Therefore, only use materials suited for use in a bathroom. Use solid wood baseboards in your bathroom, not MDF. If choosing a solid wood vanity, choose one made to fit the environment. Stay away from vanities made from tropical hardwoods. Our dry winters and humid summers will crack and twist them in no time. Use only moisture resistant drywall in non-wet areas and a waterproof material for bath and shower areas.

5. Not having a plan for the bathroom renovation. Not having a plan is a plan to fail. Every part of a renovation needs to be planned before the renovation starts. All finished goods should be on site before a renovation begins.

Every stage of the remodel should be part of the renovation schedule. How long will the demolition and disposal of rubble take? How long will plumbing changes take? How long will electrical changes take? How long will the rebuild take? How long will the bathroom be out-of-service? Is there a clear plan for what the new bathroom will look like before you start? It is crucial to appreciate the amount of work involved in a bath renovation. If you interview a renovator who can’t show you a written plan for your bathroom before you offer a deposit, don’t go for their service.

To avoid these and other bathroom renovation mistakes, reach out to the experts at Bathroom Renovation Services. We have over twenty-five years of experience in doing bathroom renovations in Toronto and pride ourselves on our top-quality products and workmanship. Our team of bathroom experts will create a new modern space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. For a complete list of services, please click here. If you have any questions about bathroom renovation services in North York and Toronto, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here