Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bathroom Series Part 2: Things Not to Do

A well-done bathroom remodel will not only increase the value of your home, but it will provide you with many years of pleasure and comfort.  Conversely, an amateur job may not give you as large of a return on your investment, you may not end up liking the design or functionality, and it would be a headache for years to come. 

In our four part series, we will share with you seven dos and seven don’ts to consider when remodeling your bathroom.  We will also share with you some tips and design ideas to help you prepare for your exciting new project. 

Here are seven costly mistakes from Consumer Reports when remodeling your bathroom:

Don’t rush the process
This is a tough one, because as soon as you start thinking about ideas for your new sanctuary you want it done so you can enjoy it!  However, poor planning will result in mistakes and is the leading cause in budget overages.  Take your time, and plan carefully.

Don’t skimp on skilled labor
Many people attempt the DIY approach to save money or because they think they can take it on themselves.  The truth is that a professional can make a huge difference in how your tile looks, how your new space functions, and how it is constructed. 

Don’t cut corners on key materials
Another common mistake is to try and save money by using cheap materials.  Bathrooms are high traffic areas and thus buying materials that will stand up to the constant moisture and usage will be worth it in the long run. 

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
This is something that many people don’t take in to consideration when starting a remodeling job and can be an uncomfortable thought to confront.  However, it’s important to face the fact that while you may be the picture of health now, that could change in the future.  For example, you may want to choose a walk in shower rather than stepping in or including a bench inside your shower so you can sit.

Don’t forget to factor in water use
It’s important not only for the environment but for your own water bill that you use water-efficient bathroom fixtures. 

Don’t buy products online without seeing them in person
The internet is a great way to research products and get design ideas, but materials and finishes aren’t always how they appear on your computer screen.  Make sure you go to a store or showroom prior to buying anything online.

Don’t forget about storage
How many times have you forgotten to grab a clean towel, only to have to run down the hallway dripping wet and cold to get a new one?  Creating a space for linens inside your bathroom is a great idea and you’ll be glad you thought of it. 

We hope this list of things to avoid was helpful, if you have any questions on your next remodeling projects call Christi at Projects General Construction at 805.682.2226.  Stay tuned for Part 3 in our bathroom series!

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