Remodelling or building a new bathroom is a common renovation project. For those thinking to start their own, the fact that it has been done many times by others is good news. Looking at mistakes others have made is the best way to avoid them. As such, today we are looking at the top mistakes made by those who have conducted a bathroom renovation.
Dreaming too big
It’s easy to get carried away when collecting inspiration, and you might suddenly feel like your list of bathroom essentials has now extended to a Jacuzzi and a television built into the wall.
Not only is this going to affect your budget negatively, it might be unrealistic for the space you actually have. Try to rule out the things that are unnecessary and focus on making the true essentials (such as the vanity and shower) functional and beautiful.
A lack of lighting is extremely impractical, especially in the bathroom. You don’t want to be struggling to see your reflection in the mirror – or worse, slip on a puddle that you couldn’t see.
It’s often not enough just to have one light source in the bathroom. There are three types of lighting that should be in your bathroom:
- The overhead or main source of light. This could be natural light in combination with a central light positioned on the ceiling.
- Lighting that is specifically around the mirror area, to help with grooming routines such as shaving or applying makeup.
- Gives your bathroom personality, because as the name suggests, it serves as an accent. Accent lighting can include sconces, LED focal points under your marble benchtops, or pendant lights.
Forgetting about ventilation
The warmth, constant wetness and humidity of the bathroom make it a perfect breeding ground for mould. Without ventilation, you can expose yourself and your family to the risk of a mould infestation. At its worse, mould presents various health risks, such as worsened asthma, headaches and even pregnancy issues.
Ventilating the bathroom helps to clear away excess moisture created by steam, keeping mould growth at bay. There are a few ways to ventilate:
- Natural ventilation. For example, opening the window to ventilate the bathroom.
- Artificial ventilation. This includes extractor fans that you turn on during a shower to remove the steam before it settles on surfaces.
For the best ventilation, aim to combine both natural and artificial ventilation methods.
Going wrong with the tiles
Tiles are desirable for the bathroom because they are generally easy to clean and maintain. However, there are three main mistakes you can make when it comes to tiles in the bathroom:
- They’re too small. Small tiles can add a retro touch to your bathroom, which might be the look you’re going for. However, the smaller the tile, the more grout there is to clean and maintain, especially in areas that constantly get wet (such as the shower). If you’re set on small tiles, consider placing them in areas that are drier, such as around the vanity.
- Lack of communication with your tiler. Tiling is a big part of the bathroom and cannot be redone easily. Therefore, you should ensure your tiler knows everything you have in mind. For example, if you want your shower niche tiled, then you need to communicate whether you would like the tile pattern to follow on from the rest of the shower.
- They’re slippery. For practical safety reasons, you want to choose tiles that have a good amount of grip when wet. While there isn’t an Australian grading system for this, the ramp test and pendulum slip resistance test are two grading systems used internationally that can help you make your decision.
Installing the wrong wooden features
While hardwood floors or a wooden vanity might look beautiful and work for other areas of the house, wooden features like these can quickly become a nightmare to maintain in the bathroom. Bathrooms are notoriously humid and water is constantly spilling. To keep up large wooden features, you’ll need frequent resealing and to be extra careful to keep the floors dry – which, unfortunately, just doesn’t work for many people.
There are other ways to implement wood in the bathroom that don’t require as much maintenance. Why not include wooden cabinets under marble benchtops so that the wood is protected from water? Wooden stools and shelving are also great ways to introduce texture in the bathroom without the headache of maintenance.
Not consulting experts
Experts in the industry can tell you what isn’t realistically achievable within your budget or bathroom size before you find out the hard way. They can also help you achieve the plan you have for your bathroom, helping you with ideas along the way.
Stone Design Group are experts in stone design for the bathroom. Our marble benchtops and granite countertops are made with premium materials sourced from the biggest names in stone manufacturing, ensuring you get the best quality product. If you’re thinking of giving your bathroom a touch of luxury, our marble benchtops are for you. Speak to our friendly team today on 03 9498 3444 to find out more.