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6 Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

In 2022, many homeowners are planning to renovate their bathrooms – and for good reason. A bathroom renovation can genuinely transform your life—making it one of the most valuable investments you can make for you and your family.

To ensure that your bathroom renovation is a success, we’ll share the most common bathroom renovation mistakes and how you can avoid making them and create the perfect bathroom for your home.

Mistake 1: Blowing your budget

Before you start renovating, you need to have a firm grasp of how much your dream bathroom will cost. While budgeting is hard, it’s a crucial step to get the best results for your money. Unfortunately, many homeowners embark on bathroom renovation projects without a well-thought-out budget, leading to stressful and too often disappointing outcomes.

With so much to consider from the outset, the best way to avoid a budget blowout is to seek the assistance of a bathroom renovation expert who can plan out the renovation with you from start to finish. An expert will consider your budget and your wants and needs and ensure that you achieve a superb result without blowing your budget.

Mistake 2: Cramming too much into your design

When designing your dream bathroom, it’s natural to be inspired by the grand bathrooms you see in interior design magazines or throughout your Instagram feed. However, these beautiful bathrooms are often in big houses with ample floor space, which is not the case for many Melbourne homeowners.

If you’re working with a small space, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream bathroom, though – the key is to be selective about your inclusions. Rather than adding everything you see in your inspirational images, we recommend picking one or two key elements and focusing on them for your design. That way, you can maximise the appeal of your bathroom without having to sacrifice usability or comfort. 

An excellent way to start is by picking the one thing that would make the biggest impact on the way in which you and your family live within your bathroom and home. This could be anything from a luxurious bath to a striking mirror or beautiful tapware. Whether you want a spa-like oasis or a family retreat, your Interior Designer will help you create the perfect bathroom design without compromising functionality or comfort.

Mistake 3: Rushing your timeline

A bathroom renovation is a big project, so you’ll want to plan it and take the time to get it right. Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when renovating their bathrooms is not allowing enough time for the renovation process to unfold, which can turn into a less enjoyable renovation experience. 

When homeowners aren’t familiar with the renovation process and all the steps involved, they might miscalculate how long each task actually takes to complete. So, if you’re planning a bathroom renovation, our Process Step by Step blog will help you understand the renovation process so you can make the most of your renovation experience.

Mistake 4: Post-purchase regrets

One of the most critical elements to consider when renovating your bathroom is how you want to feel every time you use it. Do you want to feel comfortable and look forward to using your bathroom every day? Of course, we all do, and now more than ever, some upgrades can truly elevate your bathroom experience.

Unfortunately, one of the homeowners’ most common regrets after renovating their bathrooms is overlooking these simple but life-changing upgrades.

Think of those little details that can make take your bathroom from good to great. For example, you can now install shower mixers that remember your preferred heat and pressure settings so you can wake up to the perfect shower every morning.

Another great innovation is automated underfloor heating. You can program to your liking, for example, to be turned on 20 minutes before your wake-up time, so you always have a comfortable bathroom to walk into in the morning.

If you’re keen on taking advantage of these innovations to create a perfect bathroom experience, your Interior Designer can guide you through the best options for your renovation project.

Mistake 5: Focusing too much on resale value

Another very common bathroom renovation mistake is to be hung up on the future resale of your home when making decisions, even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon. It’s often agreed that including a bath within your bathroom space is a nice feature for future buyers of your property, but what about your own needs? If you and your family will never use a bath, could that space be put to better use to suit your needs and enhance your lifestyle? 

Imagine that you are going to live in your home for the next 20 years – why not take the opportunity to completely tailor your bathroom to your and your family’s needs? 

Yes, there are times when it makes sense to compromise to make a future sale easier, but those cases are few and far between. So unless you plan to move in the next 2-3, don’t make your renovation project less exciting by over-focusing on a future sale.

Mistake 6: Taking on the project management yourself

Finally, don’t make the mistake of taking on the management of a bathroom renovation project yourself if you are not trained in home renovations. There are so many steps involved in bathroom renovations – both in planning and completing each stage – that it’s easy to lose control of your plans.

To manage a renovation project well, you need to have a thorough understanding of the order of necessary tasks and hire and organise a trusted team of trades to ensure your project is completed professionally, on time, and within budget. To ensure the best results, our advice is to trust a turnkey renovation company to manage all aspects of your bathroom renovation. 

So, if you think now is the right time to embark on a bathroom renovation project and you want to avoid the mistakes we have discussed here (and others), we recommend engaging with professionals to make your bathroom renovation dreams a reality in 2022.  

To begin your renovation journey, give us a call today on 1300 662 838 to book your FREE In-Home Consultation to discuss your kitchen renovation with an Interior Designer TODAY. 

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