5 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

November 26, 2014

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Bathroom remodeling can be fun, but more often than not it’s just stressful and drags way beyond your initial timeline. But it doesn’t have to be that way—with the right preparation and planning, you can be enjoying your new beautiful bathroom in no time. Just make sure to avoid these mistakes with your Maryland bathroom remodeling project and you are half-way there!

High-gloss Paint on Uneven Walls

It’s common to use gloss or semi-gloss paint in bathrooms and kitchens. Glossier paint is easier to wash and doesn’t absorb as much moisture and oils, so you don’t have to repaint the entire bathroom every few years. This is especially handy for rental spaces or shared bathrooms in college dorms—imagine the ease of maintenance! However, gloss also brings out all surface imperfections, such as dents and poorly sanded Spackle. If the looks are more important to you than ease of maintenance, then be careful with the shiny paint.

Not Enough Swing Room

Your bathroom design might look nice and roomy, but that’s until you install all the doors, cabinets and fixtures. You have to know the dimensions of everything and make sure all elements play nicely together. For example, you need enough clearance for the bathroom door to swing open without running into any furniture. A toilet should have enough knee and elbow room, and vanity doors should be able to fully open. This can be difficult to achieve in a small bathroom, but nothing is impossible when you are working with experienced Maryland bathroom design professionals.

Inadequate Ventilation

Exhaust fans are a bathroom necessity, especially if you have a small bathroom without a window. Bathrooms tend to steam up rather fast, particularly in winter when the indoor temperature is significantly lower than hot water temperature. Steam in your bathroom leads to more than just foggy mirrors—it creates a perfect environment for mold growth. That’s why if you are not opening a window or otherwise creating a draft in your steamy bathroom, it’s crucial to run the fan. This fan has to be powerful enough for the size of your bathroom or it won’t be of any use.

Lack of Storage

Never underestimate your need for bathroom storage. When you are designing your bathroom layout, future-proof it as much as possible. For example, a bathroom for a 12-year-old girl will soon need more room for makeup and shower products as she grows into a teen. A bathroom in the basement could use a deep medicine cabinet for when grandparents come to visit. Maximize both in-shower and overall bathroom storage by using niches, shelves, closets or vanities. A simple choice of a small vanity over a pedestal sink will give you more counter and under-counter space.

Choosing a Wrong Contractor

Let’s not forget the most important factor in bathroom remodeling—a qualified contractor who can turn your design into a beautiful bathroom. And because bathroom remodeling is a very profitable industry with a US national average of $15,782 for a bathroom renovation, there are some not-so-honest contractors trying to make quick cash. Make sure the contractor you choose has been in business for some time, has a good reputation and can provide customer references or reviews upon request. At Bath Doctor, we pride ourselves on being a family-owned business that can offer both the quality service and the attention our Maryland customers deserve.

Contact us today to talk about how we can make your bathroom look just the way you imagined it!

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