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You’re going to need a bigger bath! (source)
A short while ago, we published the three-step way to renovating your bathroom. In short, we told you to choose your design, hire a contractor, and get out of the way while the professional goes to work. Simple but effective advice. Of course, you may have a different mindset. If you consider yourself a whiz at DIY, you may be tempted to tackle your bathroom yourself. That’s fine if you’re up to the job, but there are some fundamental things you need to think about if you are going it alone. In particular, there are some aspects of design that need to be avoided. Here are just some of them.
Going for trends over practicality
Having scoured interior design websites, you will have picked up some of the latest bathroom remodelling trends. By all means follow them, but don’t forget about practicality. Depending on who lives in your house, you might want to adapt some of your ideas for a dream bathroom. Space is important, so rather than cramming in every feature imaginable, you might want to size up the area first. Freestanding bathtubs, for example, are a common trend and perfect for those wanting to go for a ‘spa’ experience. They are a wonderful idea, but go online and look at the
variety of designs, sizes, and features for your freestanding bathtub before you splash out on a purchase. You might also consider going vertically, rather than horizontally, which leads us nicely to our next point…
Not having enough storage space
Okay, so you have installed your freestanding bathtub, as well as the toilet, bidet, shower, and sink, but you then discover you have insufficient space for your storage furniture. Thankfully, there are loads of vertical storage ideas on Pinterest if you find you have little floor area left for your towels and bathroom utensils. You do need to have access to everything in your bathroom without being uncomfortable, so when planning your space, take this into account. If you live alone, you may not need a lot of storage space in the bathroom. If on the other hand, you have a large family, you need to accommodate everybody. Otherwise, you will have a very untidy bathroom with towels etc. strewn across the floor, which won’t do your feng shui any good. Which leads us nicely to…
Forgetting about your relaxation time
And relax… (source)
Our bathrooms are an essential room of the house. Staying clean is a must, and we do need somewhere to deposit our unmentionables. However, the bathroom can become more than this. For some, it is a place of sanctuary, somewhere to lock the door away from the rest of the house, and a space to relax and unwind after a busy day. You won’t be able to enjoy the spa experience we mentioned earlier if your bathroom has the wrong coloured tiles and little room to move around in. Colours, lighting, and even fragrant scents are all important when focussing on the design of the bathroom. There are some great tips here on how to make your bathroom a relaxing place to be, so so your research when you’re in the planning stages.
Using the wrong materials
Your bathroom isn’t your living room, no matter how much time you spend in there. A plush carpet will feel wonderful underfoot when getting out of the shower, but it’s not really bathroom appropriate. You need flooring that is easy to clean, especially considering the amount of bacteria we spread when stepping onto the floor, no matter how clean we think our feet are. Humidity is also an issue, so tiling instead of wallpaper is an obvious must. While you want something that looks good (see our previous point), practicality is a necessity, as you want to maintain health and hygiene in the room. Wood, marble, and cement are some of the best materials to use in the bathroom, and you can go for any number of designs to suit your budget and tastes.
Not having enough ventilation
You may want to create your very own sauna in your bathroom, but ventilation is still a requirement. The steam will cause havoc around your fixtures and decor, spreading damp and mould because of the moisture in the room. If you don’t want to spend time repainting, ensure you have plenty of ventilation. Well-situated windows are a given but consider an extraction fan as well if you don’t have enough window space.
We hope our advice helped. Renovating your bathroom will take a lot of work, but with time and effort, you will achieve what you are looking for. Again, we recommend professional guidance, but if plumbing is your forte, and you know your way around pipes and drainage systems (who doesn’t), then go ahead and create the perfect bathroom for you.