A bathroom remodel is not only an upgrade in comfort and luxury but also an investment in the value of your home. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, a well-planned bathroom remodel can help you recoup 50% of your project costs in the value of your home. To get the most out of your investment, while creating the bathroom of your dreams, steer clear of these common remodeling mistakes:
1. Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Stick to what you can afford. Choose the features you want to spend more on, and compromise on areas you’re willing to spend less on. If you overspend, you'll have to cut corners somewhere and won't be pleased with the results. Extra costs can arise, so budget an extra reserve of 15 to 20 percent for surprise expenditures. If you don’t end up needing it, you will feel good about having the extra cash left over.
2. Putting Beauty before Function
Think about the layout and spacing first, then incorporate the beautiful enhancements you desire. You don’t want to rush into the remodel, only to realize that it’s not looking exactly like you expected. Your contractor can work with you to develop a thorough plan that includes everything you want, taking into account the position of doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical. By using 3-D design services, your contractor can put it all together in a computer-generated plan that brings your remodel to life before construction even begins.
3. Ill-fitting Layout
Your bathroom should be easy and comfortable to use. If the essentials are positioned awkwardly and you bump against the sink every time you come out of the shower, you’ll be frustrated and disappointed in your finished project. Be certain the placement of fixtures and furnishings allows for comfortable everyday use. Your contractor can make sure the new layout satisfies building codes for minimal spacing guidelines.
4. Neglecting Storage
Save enough space to store linens and other bathroom items in closets, cabinets, and built-in nooks. “So much of creating a bathroom that is well-functioning and serene, comes down to good storage,” explains Brad Sawler, owner of Oxland Builders, a design-build firm. “Custom cabinets and built-ins will make your storage feel integrated into your overall design—not look like an add-on,” he adds.
5. Forgetting Accessible Outlets
You don’t want to get to the end of a renovation and realize you’ve forgotten to consider the outlets. Bathroom appliances, such as hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, and hair trimmers need outlets within reach of a mirror and vanity. Carefully locate electrical outlets so you can comfortably use your bathroom.
6. Failing to Develop a Master Plan
Every remodeling job needs a master plan that details all aspects of the project from start to finish. Even one forgotten item can delay the project by weeks. Be sure to identify any specific material wants and needs to your contractor who will create a plan for you based on your color scheme, style, measurements, anticipated costs, and your own personal taste. Proactive planning ensures you haven’t missed a detail and that materials are on-hand, so as to not add unnecessary timeline delays.
7. Neglecting to Include Proper Ventilation.
Ventilation is one of those features that is often forgotten, but is an important component to keeping the air circulating in your new space. During the planning stages, ask your contractor how to ensure proper air circulation since you’ll need to consider HVAC systems and electrical installations around this part of the remodel.
Licensed Bathroom Remodelers in Seacoast NH and Maine
When it comes to remodeling your bathroom—a space that needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing—the task can seem overwhelming. At Oxland Builders, we’ll sit down with you and explain all the details of the renovation project, from concept to completion. Contact us for your pre-consultation meeting today.