A bathroom renovation can help to brighten up the space and make it seem more modern, and even more clean and hygienic. A renovation can also create a spa feeling in the bathroom, or offer the look of a modern bath that you love. However, before you order any materials and fixtures or start tearing up surfaces, note a few mistakes that are all too common during a bathroom renovation so you can avoid them yourself and end up with a bath that you and your family will love for years to come.
You may love the look of stone tiles in a bathroom, and stone is very durable and resistant to moisture and humidity; however, many stone surfaces are also very polished and smooth. This can make them slippery and downright dangerous in the bathroom! A better choice for the space would be porcelain or ceramic tiles, which give you an upscale look but which have a porous and pitted surface that offers a bit of traction and extra safety in the bath.
Less is more
When you renovate a bathroom, you may be imagining double sinks, a walk-in shower or large garden tub, lots of shelves for storage, and many other features and accessories that you often see in magazines and on TV shows. However, you may also find that all those features make an average-sized bathroom seem cramped and crowded, or downright busy. Pare down your features to include just the larger items you absolutely need, such as double sinks for a couple who share a bath, or that large walk-in shower you really want. Leave all the other features a bit more compact, to keep that bathroom from seeming overly crowded and cramped.
When renovating a bathroom, you may have your heart set on so many luxurious and attractive accessories that you forget about the functional features it might need, such as an upgraded ventilation fan, a new shower fixture that can offer more water pressure, a better vapour barrier in the walls, and the like. A bathroom may be one of the most likely places for a home to develop mould behind the walls and under the floors, so you may want to ensure you set aside some of your renovation budget for replacing older pipes and water-damaged floorboards, and for other such fixes, rather than spending all your money on just making the bathroom look pretty.