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A bathroom renovation can be a huge investment, therefore it is crucial that you are aware of the most common mistakes renovators make in the process:
Mistake #1: Blowing The Budget
Before you jump straight into your bathroom renovation, always crunch the numbers to ensure you aren’t left with a half-finished bathroom that you can’t afford to finish. Setting a realistic, well researched budget before you start shopping and demolishing is important.
Tip: Never cut corners in an attempt to save money with plumbing. This could lead to much larger unexpected costs from damage to your house or even yourself! Always use a registered plumber for water works.
Mistake #2: Unclear Timeline
You need to be able to keep the project on track yourself if you don’t have a builder or project manager in control. A bathroom renovation is a big task, so it is important to have a thorough understanding of the order of tasks to be completed to make sure everything arrives on time. The normal sequence of events on a timeline is: demolition, plumbing, waterproofing, painting/tiling, and finally the installation of new fixtures and fittings. Keep in mind that this may vary depending on your project.
Mistake #3: Selecting Products in the Wrong Order
It is common for people make impulse purchases based on aesthetics, but there are many elements to consider when choosing your fixtures, fittings, and tapware. To avoid a renovation disaster on installation day, a simple rule to follow is to choose products from largest to smallest. Your bath and vanity selections will direct tapware, basins and accessories. By sticking to this order, you will avoid time wasting that can add to the cost of your renovation.
Mistake #4: Choosing Unsuitable Fixtures and Finishes
Fixtures that are poor quality, the wrong size, or installed in the wrong spot, are all common mistakes when renovating a bathroom! When you are establishing your renovation plan, it is an great idea to think about the size and location for all the fixtures you need in your bathroom. Fixtures and finishes will guarantee your renovation lasts the distance, and will really add impact to your room.
Mistake #5: Producing a Disordered Look
Unless you want your bathroom to end up being visually disconnected from the rest of your home, it is important to factor in what’s happening in all the other rooms. When choosing your materials and finishes, ensure there is a cohesive visual thread that ties them to the rest of your home. For example, the tiles in your bathroom should be common with those in your kitchen.
Mistake #6: Overlooking the Small Details
Grout can make an unprecedented impact to your bathroom. You can find everything from pale greys to bold colours of grout. Using a grout that contrasts the tile colour can accentuate an interesting layout pattern, whereas a grout colour that matches your tiles will create a refined look. For floors, a mid-range grout colour that complements or matches your tiles looks best, and is practical for cleaning. All grout gets grimy, however white is the least forgiving.
Mistake #7: Too Much Pattern
Patterned tiles in your bathroom can look beautiful, however too many patterns that are not balanced can be overwhelming and date your bathroom quickly. When planning your bathroom, it important to decide what the main feature will be – balance a patterned floor with a natural wall, or vice versa. Before anything is installed, look at everything together to ensure you have a consistent theme.
Tip: Your tile size should also be taken into account to reduce wastage – always ensure your tile size is proportional to the size of your bathroom.
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