When planning a bathroom renovation here are some of the pitfalls to avoid, so you don’t look back and think “I wish I thought about that”.
Don’t take away functionality.
Consider your home’s resale value if you take away functionality in one of your bathrooms. Four-piece bathrooms are more desirable than three-piece bathrooms. If your bathroom already has a separate tub, shower and vanity, the best advice is to keep it that way if you can.
If you have more than one tub in the house, removing one is not such a big deal. Replacing it with a glass walk-in shower will give you a more modern look most home buyers will want. On other side of the spectrum adding functionality increases the value of your home, so if you can expand into a closet and add that separate shower then do it. Here’s a look at common Bathroom Layouts.
Don’t forget to plan for the future.
Determine where you want to install your shower niche, its exact finished dimensions, towel bars (and how many), and confirm the location of grab bars and shower seats even if this is phase 2. Install proper support and frame your walls to support your new design to avoid having to open the walls and additional work.
Pro Tip: Take pictures of framing and draw a quick sketch with exact dimensions before closing-up the walls.
Don’t try to save money by keeping yellowed fixtures or outdated lighting fixtures.
Although your current bathtub may look fine in your bathroom pre-renovation, once you install new cabinetry, counter tops, add a fresh coat of paint and new lighting, your tub’s yellow or faded finish will look out of place.
Don’t assume your faucets will fit.
As some high-end faucets come with a restocking fee policy for returns, make sure to check the reach of your tub spouts and sink faucets before you commit to the purchase. Check to see if your tub faucet can be deck mounted or not. All faucets are not created equal and some need to be installed right on of the tub deck or sink ledge to reach the drain. Consider how the mounting plate will fit on your tub deck and the space required for proper access and ease of cleaning.
The type of faucet is another important consideration before you buy. Check out this Blog Post on the Different Types of Faucets. Knowledge is key to understanding where the holes need to be and proper spacing and ease of use.
Don’t forget to update switch and outlet plate covers.
Renovating your bathroom means bringing everything up to code and GFI switches if you don’t already have these. Don’t forget to replace switch and outlet plate covers to complete your bathroom refresh.
Don’t blow your budget on structural changes
If you are thinking about placing a curb-less shower in your new bathroom be sure to consult a structural engineer first. A shower floor level to the bathroom floor requires cutting down the joists to lower the drain. You will likely need to sister the floor joists (double up the support joists). This reinforces the floor joists below and supports the load. This adds thousands onto your budget.
The best way to avoid renovation regret is to determine your must-haves and consider the cost versus benefits for you. If they are worth it, then proper planning and construction are critical and will ensure you don’t go over budget.