When redesigning a bathroom, some mistakes can be easily corrected. Others will cost a lot of time and money. These big mistakes happen more often than you think – and it's never easy to fix them. Here is a list of basic design flaws to avoid when redesigning your bathroom.
Using a non-waterproof adhesive for bathroom tiles. Inexperienced designers can make the mistake of believing that the tiles are sufficiently waterproof and that the adhesive does not need to be. But water and condensation can pass through cracks even between the tightest tiles, damaging the non-impermeable adhesive over time. From time to time, your adhesive will deteriorate and your tiles will begin to crack and fall off walls.
Wrong placement of toilets. It's always a strange experience to use a bathroom with the toilet near the door and sink in the far corner. To make your bathroom more comfortable, you must put the toilet as far as possible from the door.
Do not leave room for the door. When installing the door of your bathroom, make sure there is enough space to open the door completely. Believe it or not, it is a common mistake to install the door after the redesign and find it reaches the sink and will not open all the way. For smaller bathrooms, install a door that opens to the outside.
Choose trendy or unusual colors for permanent luminaires. The colors you choose for your tile, your toilet, your shower and your bathtub are the colors you will have for years – even decades. Tastes are changing, and you may not like this bathroom color scheme to avocado and fishing as much in a few years as now.
In addition, the bathroom is a great selling point for any home on the market. And most real estate agents will tell you that neutral colors are better sellers. Striking bathroom colors that look beautiful can disable potential buyers. If you choose a fashionable color combination that may not be popular in a few years, when you intend to sell, you may need to redo your bathroom to get the best price. To make sure you do not have to make changes later, use neutral colors for fixtures – and make a design statement with removable towels and decorations.
Make water pipes difficult to access. This happens more often than most people realize – you finish your remodeling project, turn on the shower, and see the water flowing from the walls. If this happens, your plumber may have to destroy your tile to reach your leaking pipes – unless you have installed access panels. Make your pipes easily accessible, and you'll be happy later.
Do not use a shower tray. It was a design trend for small contemporary bathrooms to build a shower without a tray, to give the bathroom a more spacious and open feeling. But this design can go wrong quickly. If your shower area is not exactly tilted so that the water is drained effectively, your entire bathroom floor could be flooded. The bottom line? Use a glass shower door to give a sense of space and depth. Do not skip the shower tray.
Poor ventilation. Many bathrooms do not have a good ventilation system. This means that the condensation of showers and baths will remain in the room, creating a moist and moist environment perfect for mold growth. Even if your bathroom is equipped with a window, do not plan to leave it open to alleviate the problem – most people think it hurts their privacy and prefer not to leave it open during the colder months . Make sure the design of your bathroom includes a vent on the outside, with an electric fan that turns on and off easily or automatically.
Insufficient storage. There is never enough storage – especially in the bathroom, where a lot of washing and grooming equipment, linen and other items must be kept in a small space. Pedestal sinks can be very attractive, but do not add a lot of storage space. Make sure your bathroom design plans include cabinets or closets, and more space than you think you will need. In addition, leave some space if you can for shelves or cabinets, so that you can add more storage space later if your needs increase.
Slippery floors. No matter what material you use for your bathroom floor, make sure it's non-slip – even when it's wet. Do not rely on the use of a throw mat, as these may not cover the entire area that is wet during a hot bath or shower. Ensuring that your floors are slip resistant is especially important when a child, a pregnant woman or anyone with a physical disability lives in your home.
Your bathroom is more than a "necessary room" – if properly designed, it can be an oasis of relaxation in a busy home. Avoid these early design mistakes, and you'll be less likely to have to spend money and time to fix costly mistakes once your redesign project is complete.