Nowadays, bathrooms are far more than just places to get clean – many home also owners want these spaces to be as tranquil and relaxing as possible. To ensure that your bathroom renovations result in convenience and relaxation instead of wasted time and money, it is essential to avoid making the following mistakes.

1. Skimping on Ventilation

Many home owners think they will have sufficient ventilation if there is an opening window in the bathroom. However, this is not sufficient if you want to prevent black mould or struggle with damp towels. You will need to install a good quality exhaust fan to remove excess moisture as well.

2. Installing Poor Quality Lighting

Most activities such as shaving, applying makeup and styling hair require decent lighting. As a result, it is essential that you spend as much as you can afford when it comes to installing lighting. These days, there are numerous LED lighting products that will perform extremely well in bathrooms.

3. Removing a Bath

Although many people prefer to shower instead of bath, removing a bath from your home’s bathroom will negatively affect the resale value of your property. When replacing a bath, be sure to choose one that is large enough to use comfortably.

4. Using Fashionable Fixtures

That royal blue or avocado green bathroom set may be fashionable and on-trend right now, but in a few years’ time, it will make your home seem somewhat dated. Instead, stick with neutral colours and designs when it comes to fixtures.

5. Purchasing Cheap Fixtures

The saying, “You will get what you pay for,” certainly applies to bathroom fixtures like baths, sinks, taps and light fixtures. Don’t be tempted to shop around for the cheapest fixtures you can find – you will regret it in years to come.

6. Using Porous Materials

No bathroom surfaces should be porous; otherwise they will be affected by moisture and dampness. Avoid using fabric, soft wood or particleboard fixtures, no matter how much of a good deal they seem to be. Any porous stonework should also be properly sealed.

7. Not Having Enough Storage Space

There is little else worse than having to cram everything into a single bathroom cabinet – this is a sure fire way for mould to breed. Ensure that sufficient storage space is included for items like cosmetics, medications or first aid supplies, hairdryers and towels.

8. Insufficient Drainage

Shower floors must be sloped downwards towards the drain hole to ensure that no water remains after showering. Also ensure that your builder uses the correct sized drainage pipes, as this will prevent blockages.

9. Not Using Heated Towel Rails

Although many people consider these a frivolous expense, they do help keep towels fluffy and dry, ensuring that your bathroom experience remains as pleasant as possible.

10. Overcrowding the Space

Too many home owners make the mistake of trying to cram as many fixtures and items into their bathrooms as possible. For example, if you already have a separate toilet nearby, there is no need to add another into the bathroom itself.

Keeping these points in mind will help ensure that your next bathroom renovation project goes as smoothly as possible. Always ensure that you use licensed, qualified and experienced builders and plumbers when performing any type of bathroom renovation project.

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