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  • 10 Bathroom Renovating Mistakes to Avoid

    March 23, 2017 | Blog
  • Our expectations for our bathroom have become a bit more inflated. We no longer just a place to get clean, we want more, a spa or refuge where we can close the door on the daily humdrum to luxuriate and recharge.

    What we don’t want is to spend a truckload of time, money and inconvenience on our dream bathroom and find out a few months down the track that it’s not living up to its promises.

    Here are a few bathroom renovation mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

  • 1. Overspending

    This is very easy to do when you start remodelling, what starts out as a minor bathroom makeover can very quickly change into huge expense, avoid spending more money than you will get for the place once you sell it.

    Tips to reduce renovation costs :

    • Design for standard fixtures and fittings to avoid the expense of custom making.
    • Purchase all your tiles; tap ware, sanitary ware, cabinets and accessories before you start. Check sales and auctions for good buys.
    • Take photos of your existing fixtures and fittings and advertise them on eBay or Gumtree to sell or give away and at the very least reduce the rubbish removal fees.
    • If you are able to maintain the configuration of the bathroom, you can usually save on plumbing and the time and expense of council approval process.
  • 2. DIY Waterproofing

    When you're renovating your bathroom, there are some DIY jobs you can tackle, but waterproofing isn't one of them. Waterproofing wet areas must be carried out by a professional. If a leak develops it could cause a range of issues including plasterboard decay, mould, rising damp, peeling paint, and more serious structural damage. Remedying these are all likely to cost you more than waterproofing, so it makes sense to get it done right the first time.

  • 3. Poor Bathroom Ventilation

    Remodelling your bathroom is great but if you don't ensure you have proper ventilation except to find tiny black specks of mould marching up your newly painted walls and ceilings.

    Most people understand that mold likes moisture. That’s why bathrooms are so vulnerable to mold. Water that gets onto the bathroom floor after showering or bathing is an obvious concern. But waterproof flooring materials like ceramic tile or sheet vinyl do a good job of minimizing the mold potential of water that gets on the floor. Of greater concern is moisture in the air –moisture that can permeate wall and ceiling materials because of poor bathroom ventilation.

    When the bathroom fills with a fog of moist air while someone is taking a hot shower, thousands of moisture droplets can condense on cool wall, ceiling and window surfaces in the bathroom and also in adjacent rooms. Some of this moist air can even penetrate into unseen building cavities through cracks and gaps around electrical outlets and molding. Because damp organic material (wood, paper-faced wallboard, paint resins, paper-faced fiberglass insulation) makes ideal mold food, we have the makings of a mold invasion.

    The bathroom vent fan is a major weapon against bathroom mold. The fan’s job is to move moist air outside the house before it can condense and permeate into mold-prone materials. Most building codes require that bathrooms be equipped with “active ventilation” in the form of a ventilation fan. However, the bath fan only helps to prevent mold and moisture damage if it’s turned on during bathing activities and kept on until moist air is moved outside. Who can say whether or not the next person to take a shower will remember to turn on the fan?

    Another problem that can occur with bathroom vent fans has to do with how they are installed. Some builders mistakenly allow the fan to blow moist air into the attic, a practice that simply moves the mold problem to another part of the house. During cold weather, warm, moist air blown into a cooler attic will deposit its moisture on attic rafters and roof sheathing. Telltale black mold stains typically result from this ventilation error. Eventually, this mold can develop into wood rot.

    To prevent this from happening get your fan ducted to the exterior, not to the attic. Best practice for bath fan installation also includes using spray foam or caulk to seal air leaks around the ceiling opening for the fan, and covering the fan with attic insulation.

    To ensure that the fan is always used to exhaust moist air from the bathroom, the fan can simply be controlled by the same switch that operates to bathroom’s main light fixture. The fan comes on with the light, whether it’s needed or not.

  • 4. Adding too much in

    Avoid overcrowding the bathroom. Maximize your space as much as possible to make the room less cluttered and more comfortable. If the room is too small for a bath and a shower, the shower over the bath or just having a small shower is preferable to cramping the room. Also, having wall hanging cabinetry and an in-wall toilet cistern will help preserve your floor space.

  • 5. Poor Task Lighting

    Many of bathroom activities require good lighting. Shaving, waxing applying makeup and hair styling are difficult to do well in general ambient light. 

    Those bags under your eyes could signal a need for more rest or, you may just be making one of the most common bathroom design mistakes ever.  A few designers have done some research and found that task lighting mounted above a mirror — including recessed lighting — can cast unflattering shadows and darkness below the eyes.  Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can visually age you by 10 years. 

    Instead, use a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror. This way, faces are illuminated from all angles minus the harsh shadows, giving you the perfect setup for shaving, brushing teeth or applying makeup.  

    Up there with improper lighting is inadequate lighting, if you think muted lighting will make your yellowing teeth or receding hairline less noticeable (to you anyway), get a grip on yourself, adding that poor bathroom lighting can actually lead to dangerous slips and falls.

    Play it safe and save your face with these alternatives to overhead lighting that don’t require rewiring your entire vanity.

  • 6. Removing The Bath

    Taking the bath out of a home will affect your resale value. It doesn’t matter which bathroom your bath is located in, just as long as  you have one bathtub in the house.  

    If your already have a bath in another room then by all means remove the bathtub but if you look to add a second bathtub in one of your other bathrooms it will not add value to your home.

  • 7. Poor Drainage

    Grading the areas outside the shower back to the shower is a safeguard against leaks. The extra inlay tile detail around this barrier-free shower is tipped towards the shower like a traditional shower curb.

    Larger tiles are typically more difficult to slope properly, and unless they’re textured, they’ll be slipperier because the grout lines are further apart. Smaller tiles, whether textured or not, offer more traction and are typically the norm for shower floors — though the options are nearly limitless.

    Also, setting the drain requires a lot more than just dropping it in somewhere in the middle. Many drains have zero room for adjustment, and getting them perfect requires exact planning. This drain offers up a little wiggle room in the final position. Not all do, so plan this out before your plumber arrives.

    Have your plumber position the drain pipe close to, but not exactly in, the finished position until after you and your tile installer determine the best tile layout for the shower. A shower will need flood testing, so this work will be checked later.

  • 8. Choosing Fixtures and Features That Date

    We have all seen it: the pink sink and the gaudy border tiles. Your choice may be very on-trend and fun when it is installed but within a short timeframe (usually within 2 years) your bathroom will begin to look dated. By keeping your, fixtures, fittings and finishes very neutral elegant and class, you will ensure that your bathroom has broad appeal that lasts for a very long time.

  • 9. Porous Materials

    Bathrooms are wet rooms first, design showcases second. Every aspect of the planning and construction of bathrooms should take water exposure into account. If the waterproofing bill isn’t at least 5% to 10% of the job cost, someone is cutting corners or doesn’t know what they’re doing. Badly made shower pans and improperly flashed windows in showers routinely fail and lead to major damage. 

    Design instead with durable homogeneous materials like stone (including man-made varieties), glass and glass block, tile, terrazzo, concrete, stainless steel, and tough hardwoods.

    All surfaces in the bathroom should be impervious to moisture otherwise it will swell, rot or discolour with time. This excludes soft wood, non-waterproof MDF, particleboard, and fabric. Porous stone such as travertine marble and hardwood all need to be sealed.

  • 10. Not Enough Storage

    Just like every other room in the house, storage is essential. You need room for cosmetics, medicines, products, dry towel and wet towels, and the list goes on. With smart storage there is an appropriate place for everything.

    • Vanity drawers are easier to access than doors.
    • Include some wall recessed in the shower and by the bath for shampoos, soaps and the odd candle.
    • Heated towel rails are great for family bathrooms, they have the capacity to store lots of towels plus they will always be dry and fluffy.

    Through from your mind that- bathroom renovation is an easy task to do and you can maintain it by your own. If you failed to plan perfectly then it will be a disaster and money losing project undoubtedly. From this article you will surely get the basics rules of renovation and hopefully you will obey it while thinking of a renovation.


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