Remodeling any part of your home can and should be an exciting project, increasing the utility and aesthetics of the room you choose. This is a great time of year to plan such an undertaking, since weather rarely becomes a factor—unlike winter when snow and cold complicate matters.
When it comes to a bathroom remodel, proper planning with a trained plumber and contractor is vital regardless of what season it is. This lets you get a good idea of what’s possible, and spells out the specifics well before you start spending serious money on your project.
While there are clearly going to be very big similarities, every bathroom is different, and this can impact the overall goals of your bathroom remodel. Your plumbing contractor can help you nail down the details for your specific needs. There are a few general guidelines and common mistakes to think about that will help you in the planning stages. We’ve outlined them below.
Mistake #1: Choosing Aesthetics over Practicality
Some bathroom remodeling projects are intended just to improve the aesthetics of the space, and that’s fine. After all, if your bathroom hasn’t been changed since the 80s, we can only imagine the paint color on the walls!
However, in the effort to make your bathroom look better, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the fact that you’ll need to use this room every day, along with all the fixtures in it. A platform sink may look great, for example, but if it doesn’t leave you with any counter space to put your toiletries, then it’s going to leave you and your family understandably frustrated.
You can still pursue purely aesthetic components, of course. But you should always balance these with more practical concerns.
Mistake #2: Not Considering Space Needs
Similarly, there’s only so much you can actually fit into any given bathroom, no matter how creatively you arrange the various components. You’ll want to ensure that you always have enough space to make your bathroom comfortable, especially if multiple people will be using it.
This includes factors like leg room for the toilets, and sufficient space between multiple sinks for two or more people to use them. In some cases, it may even mean dropping or modifying certain components in order to make the space function better.
Mistake #3: Not Prioritizing Before Remodel Begins
The fact is, you might not be able to get everything you want into your new bathroom, either due to the factors we outlined above, or because your budget can’t fit it. So the best thing to do is write down all the things you want to see in your new bathroom, before starting the project, then rank them in order of priority, from most desired to least desired.
You and your plumbing professional can go through the list to determine how many items on it can be met by the project. This way, when the time comes to perform the remodeling, there’s no question about what needs to be done, and no confusion about what’s involved—this helps the operation proceed quickly and effectively without wasting your time or money!