The Key to a Great Bathroom Remodel—Planning, Planning, Planning!

Posted on: January 25,2016

When deciding to remodel a bathroom, the truth is, most people only think about how it’s going to look. But a great looking bathroom requires plenty of planning, good design choices, and quality products. All too often, people skip those vital steps – and wind up with a less than stellar looking bathroom.

So we’ve compiled a list of important mistakes that you should avoid when renovating your bathroom. Learn from our years of experience at Re-Bath & More and know what not to do!

What to Avoid in a Bathroom Remodel

Don’t Rush the Process

Poor planning is the leading cause of cost overruns on remodeling projects. Depending on the size and scope of your project, you should spend anywhere from several weeks to a few months on the planning process.

Don’t Being Unrealistic About Your Budget

Don’t lie to yourself and try to do a $20,000 renovation when you have only $10,000 to work with. Take a careful look at your finances and get a realistic number in your head. Write the number down, put that amount in the bank, and stick to it.

Don’t Lack a Clear Plan Before Demolition

You need a plan in place before you start any demolition. You should have everything sketched out ahead of time, from the budget, to the materials, to the decision of who will be completing which parts of the work. Planning is everything.

Don’t Think That Bigger Is Better

Bigger isn’t always better. Whether you’re designing a large master bathroom or trying to figure out how to squeeze in an extra bathroom for your growing family, the most important aspect of these new bathroom is that they have a great design that functions efficiently for your lifestyle.

Don’t Skip Having Permits

Many people forget to obtain necessary permits if they are undertaking a major renovation. If you’re installing new plumbing fixtures, rearranging the components of your bathroom, adding or removing structure, or physically increasing the size of the room, you have to get the appropriate permits. Your plans will need to be drawn up and submitted by a registered building practitioner (architect, builder or building designer).

Don’t Forget to Think About Placement

As you plan, try to come up with a design that keeps the major plumbing lines in place. Moving the toilet from one wall to another will mean relocating a 3-inch drain line in a home, which can cost thousands. If you can keep the toilet, shower, and sink where they are, you’ll save significantly on the project.

Don’t Skimp

One common remodeling mistake is choosing the wrong products in order to save money. There are certain types of paints that hold up better in the bathroom. There are certain types of wall and floor materials that are more appropriate to use in a bathroom. Take the time and research what products are best suited for the bathroom. Still looking to save? Opting for a basic finish on faucets and fixtures can save you hundreds of dollars without compromising quality.

Don’t Overlook Small Mistakes

As the renovation goes along, always fix mistakes—even the smallest ones—as soon as you notice them. Don’t convince yourself you’ll learn to live with it. Those mistakes will always bother you, and if you can see them, other people can see them too.

Don’t Forget About Lighting

Many bathroom activities require good lighting, so including well-designed task lighting is a must. Install a large mirror over the basin or vanity along with some lighting that directs back onto the face.  But don’t bother to spend a small fortune on the fixtures. Light fixtures tend to perform the same across most price points—it’s the high design that costs more.

Don’t Buy Products Without Seeing Them in Person

Going online is great for researching products and design ideas, but materials and finishes aren’t always as they appear on your computer screen. Always try to visit a showroom or design center before you buy.

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Use Re-Bath & More as Your Bathroom Remodeling Resource

Obviously, even a small bathroom renovation is a big job. Given how many individuals are required for a typical bathroom remodel—plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more—it’s a good idea to hire a professional like Re-Bath & More! Our design consultants have remodeled thousands of bathrooms and we’d love to help you create the perfect vision and plan for your space. We have the expertise to offer a stress-free experience that will create a beautiful and functional new room in your home.

We are known for our superior customer service, trustworthy installers, excellent quality materials, and great prices. Call the bathroom remodeling company of choice in Central Pennsylvania at 717-208-2482 or fill out our contact form!