5 Bathroom-Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling a bathroom is a great home-improvement project that can add value to your home. But if you're making the financial investment to pay for a bathroom remodel, you need to make sure that this is done right so your money is not wasted. Plan your bathroom remodel carefully and avoid these common mistakes.

Poor Ventilation 

A bathroom is damp and humid much of the time, which makes it a prime spot for mold and mildew growth. When you are planning your remodel, make sure you budget for a heavy-duty ventilation system. It doesn't matter whether your bathroom has a window that can be opened easily—you still need a ventilation system to keep dampness and humidity at bay.

Trying to Squeeze Too Much In

Most people don't plan to remodel their bathroom on a regular basis, so some homeowners may try to squeeze too much into a small space. If you don't have a large bathroom space to work with, don't try to fit in a standalone shower and a bathtub if doing so will make the room cluttered. Avoid having an extra-long countertop vanity if it will encroach on the space where the toilet will be installed.

Removing the Only Bathtub in the Home

You may be a person who prefers showers, but even if you never utilize the bathtub in your bathroom it is not a good idea to remove it if it is the only one in the home. Doing so may affect your resale value when you want to sell your house, and it may be more difficult to find buyers who don't mind purchasing a home that does not have a bathtub at all.

Using Porous Materials

In a room like the bathroom, it is essential that you use waterproof materials to ensure that you don't experience rotting, discoloration, and swelling over time. Avoid materials like soft wood flooring, particle board, fabric, and MDF that is not waterproof. If you choose to use porous stones like travertine or marble, make sure you have them professionally sealed.

Being Too Trendy

Since bathroom remodels can spend a lot of money, try to avoid fixtures and designs that are very trendy and may make your bathroom look dated in just a few years. Your best bet is to incorporate an elegant, classic design for your bathroom remodel that is timeless and will look great for many years to come. 

Talk to a contractor such as NARI Greater Dallas to brainstorm or to get started.