Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid

December 4, 2014

Going through the process of designing and building so many spaces, we’ve seen a lot of bathrooms with poor layouts, ventilation, and other concerns. Here’s a roundup of our top eight most commonly overlooked considerations when remodeling a bathroom.

1. No windows. Dark, damp bathrooms with poor circulation aren’t the ideal places to spend time. If you’re building or relocating a bathroom, do your best to site it on an outside wall with windows. If you can’t install windows, a skylight is always a great source of natural light.

2. Out in plain sight. Imagine having your bathroom situated right off of your formal dining room. It’s not an ideal location. When possible, avoid putting the bathroom directly next to rooms like the kitchen, living room, and dining room.

 3. Toilet as the priority. Try to avoid making the toilet the first thing you see in the bathroom. It’s also best to avoid sight lines from nearby rooms.

4. No storage. While having a bathroom with minimal storage can appear neat and simplistic, it’s not always the most practical. Be sure to have space to keep belongings, and especially items that visitors would need in a guest bathroom.

5. Using the wrong materials. Bathrooms have the potential to be hot, steamy, and cold all within a short period of time. This can damage materials like wood, textiles, paper and even porous stone. Choose products that are designed specifically to withstand environmental changes in the bathroom.

6. Ignoring the environment. We love conserving water so as to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Flushing, showering, bathing, and hand and hair washing all use water resources. Low-flow showerheads, auto-shutoff faucets and high-efficiency toilets save water (and money!).

7. Poor ventilation. Proper airflow is advantageous in that it helps keep the air smelling fresh, and it prevents humidity from building up in (typically) small spaces. Humidity also leads to rust and mildew if ventilation isn’t good.

8. Choosing the wrong paint. Many people make the mistake of choosing the wrong type of paint for bathroom walls. Make it a point to select paint that is specifically made for bathrooms, which helps prevent peeling, mold, and mildew. Note: neutral tones, blues, and greens are the most flattering. 

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