9 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Bathroom

A bathroom is a place to relax. Some use it to get away from their kids, some use it to run away from older siblings, others just want to take a warm bath after a long and stressful day of work. But some bathrooms really aren’t made to be an escape: they’re cramped, ugly, poorly lit and just don’t have what it takes. If yours falls in that category and you want to remodel it into the refuge you deserve, do it! Just make sure you avoid some of the most common mistakes. Here’s a run-down of what not to do.

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Bathroom

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1. Overlook your needs

What exactly is it for? Is it just a half with only the toilet and sink? Is it meant to be a place to relax and take long, candlelit baths or is it a utilitarian room only meant for the bare necessities? Knowing what you want to use it for is the first thing you need to be aware of. From there, you can plan what you want.

2. Move (when you don’t need to)

If your toilet is on the east wall, but you want it on the west, can you move it? If the shower is to the left of the door but you want it on the right, should you make that change? Moving those things around isn’t always the best thing. Sometimes, it’s the worst. Changing their locations isn’t as simple as lifting a toilet and putting it down in a different spot. You need to change the piping, which can be a hefty investment. If you don’t need it, don’t do it. But if you’re still considering, talk to a plumber to see if it’s plausible.

3. Misjudge the door

Ever pushed open a door to enter a room and the door bumped into something? Avoid that mistake. Maybe everything fits in, the vanity looks great with all the light and space, the shower is a walk-in with plenty of elbow room, but once the wood rectangle comes flying open, it cracks the granite counter. Make sure you think about how it opens. Maybe you could get a sliding door that fits in the wall or have it open towards the hall. People commonly forget about doors and the space they require. Don’t be one of those people.

4. Mis-measure

It’s a cliché, yes, but “measure twice, cut once” is pure wisdom. You don’t want to get your new counter only to find out it’s too wide for the wall or receive your dream shower just to realize it’ll pop right through to the attic. Measure everything multiple times. Write it down. It will save you a lot of time, money and heart/headaches.

5. Miscalculate delivery times

You don’t want to reserve the workers’ time on February 16, just to find out you won’t get the parts you need until March 1. If that happens, you may be without a bathroom for a couple weeks with a big, gaping hole in your house. Check, double-check, then triple-check all delivery times to make sure everything is done as fast as possible.

6. Assume you got what you needed

If you’re organized and didn’t order everything last minute, good job. But don’t just let all those tiles and faucets sit there in the back. Open and check each one. Don’t assume anything! You don’t want to find out your granite countertops broke in transit, or see that you ordered a black motion-sensor faucet but got a chrome knob. Check your packages to make sure everything is okay.

7. Fail to add wiggle room to your budget

Remodeling turns up all kinds of surprises. Sometimes you’ll find out you’ve got rusty pipes, rotting wood, old wiring or just plain old mold. This could add on to your costs. When planning your remodel, account for these emergencies by having an extra 15 to 20% contingency fund.

8. Ignore resale

It may be your bathroom now, but if you don’t want to stay there forever, don’t make it something no one else would want. You need to make sure it’ll work for you and keep working for the next owners. Add pizazz with rugs and pictures and take those away later, but avoid adding colors that only you might love to the walls, countertops, floor, etc. Another thing is bathtubs. You may not use them, but the next family may have kids who are too young for showers, or they may just enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub themselves.

9. Forget the future

If this is your forever home, keep in mind that you’ll age. Consider a walk-in bathtub that will allow for safe and comfortable bathing into your Golden Years. Add grab bars near toilets and install slip-proof flooring. Do it right the first time so that you don’t have to upgrade as age sets in.

If you want help avoiding these or other bathroom design blunders, contact Interior Remodel Specialists. As a leading remodeling contractor in Washington with over 17 years of experience, we have the know-how to help you design your dream bathroom without looking back.