A bathroom renovation is a great opportunity to inject your personal style into one of the most utilized rooms in the home. Yet, the prospect of bathroom remodeling can quickly become daunting without the right guidance. This guide is aimed at steering you clear of the pitfalls while highlighting helpful tips. Let’s dive in!


DO Prioritize Your Needs

Before kicking off any renovation, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Start by asking yourself a few key questions. Are you looking to create a serene spa-like retreat, or do you require a space-efficient, family-friendly bathroom? If relaxation is a priority, perhaps a large soaking tub should be a focal point. Conversely, for a busy family, a dual-sink vanity with ample storage might be the way to go. Create a wishlist of features, from the essential to the extravagant, that you feel will enhance the functionality and comfort of your new bathroom.


DON’T Forget to Consider the Bathroom’s Main Function

Bathrooms come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own primary function. For example, a master bathroom has very different needs than a guest bathroom, or a half-bath in the basement. As your planning the renovation, make sure that certain things you’re putting in (or leaving off) the to-do list fit the requirements of your specific bathroom.


DO Budget for the Unexpected

One of the most common mistakes in any renovation project is underbudgeting. It’s always a good idea to set aside a contingency fund of at least 10-20% of the total project cost. Unforeseen issues (like hidden water damage or the need to upgrade old pipes) can quickly add to your project’s bottom line. Having a financial buffer in place ensures that your renovation can adapt to these surprises without blowing up your wallet, or compromising on the final build.


DON’T Cut Corners on Quality

Speaking of cost, you’re going to want to avoid cutting corners in order to save a buck. Quality should be at the forefront of every decision you make during your bathroom renovation. From tiles to faucets, and everything in between, the level of craftsmanship and materials will impact the longevity of your new space. After all, Bathrooms are high-traffic areas that are exposed to moisture and frequent cleaning.


DO Upgrade for the Future

A well-planned bathroom renovation ideally takes your future needs into account, ensuring that your space remains functional for years to come. For instance, consider making your bathroom accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Features like lever-handled faucets, a shower with low-threshold entry, and a comfort-height toilet can make a big difference, particularly as you age.


DON’T Change the Location of the Sink, Tub, or Toilet

Moving your plumbing is a major challenge and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. It can greatly complicate your renovation, and add a lot more time and money. If the current layout of your bathroom makes sense, aim to keep it as is, and focus on appearance and functional updates.


DO Consider Adding More Storage

Storage is a major part of any successful bathroom design – but it’s often overlooked. Consider built-in shelving, a medicine cabinet, or additional cabinets. Utilize the area above the toilet and consider recessed wall niches for toiletries, cleaning supplies, and other essentials.


DON’T Forget the Importance of Good Ventilation

Good ventilation is vital to protect the quality of indoor air, and prevent mold and mildew in your bathroom. Install a ventilation fan or upgrade your existing one to ensure that moisture is effectively removed from the room after every use. This is especially important if your bathroom doesn’t have a window, or is often used for steamy showers or baths.


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Disclaimer: Our blog offers general information only; it isn’t an endorsement of specific actions. Please consult professionals and consider your situation before making decisions. D&W Windows is not responsible for any outcomes resulting from the advice provided.