Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is the one place where you can savour some truly relaxing “me” time (apart from your bedroom, of course). Since it’s also one of the most frequented places in your house, it’s also subject to inevitable wear-and-tear, from potential damages like cracked and/or stained tilework to water damage along the walls. When such problems occur over a long period of time, a renovation will typically be required in order to fix the problems.
As a major undertaking, though, a bathroom renovation project is no simple task at all. It requires you to judiciously plan and subsequently balance your personal preferences and needs along with the project’s total cost. In order to maintain a smooth overall process, you must take note of these Do’s and Don’ts.
DON’T Overestimate Your Skills
It’s natural for you to have the vision, but do you have the actual skill set and experience to tackle the more technical aspects like plumbing, flooring and general contracting? If your answer is no, then don’t even try tinkering with your pipes, tiles and other related things—let the professionals do the work for you. If you insist on doing it on your own, you might cost yourself a greater deal of money in the long run due to unnecessary repairs which could’ve otherwise been prevented.
DO Make Sure There’s Storage
The bathroom is perhaps the second most cluttered space in your home next to your kitchen (unless of course you like keeping your kitchen completely clutter-free). It’s important that you maximise storage in a way that all trinkets can be stored conveniently and in an organised manner. You have a number of options for this, like built-in wall shelves, wall-to-wall ceiling storage or a standard shower recess available from dealers such as Ripple Systems. It doesn’t matter how you do it; just make sure there’s more than enough room for everything.
DON’T Settle on Sub-Par Materials
It’s critical to never cut corners when renovating a bathroom. Materials which are porous and raw (or simply sub-par in overall quality) have the tendency to break down easily with minimal use. In addition, since porous materials have tiny holes on them, they tend to get stained beyond cleaning or even take on bacteria and other hazardous items over time.
DO Stick to the Design Plan
Bathroom renovations aren’t meant for tweaking on the fly. The overall layout and functionality for your new bathroom must be based on how and who will use it the most: if it’s supposed to be a kids’ bathroom, a guest bath or a master bath, design it accordingly and choose appropriate materials and trappings. Above all: stick to the plan.
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