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The most common bathroom renovation mistakes, REVEALED!

Budget blowouts, selecting the wrong products and delayed timelines are any renovator’s worst nightmare, however the reality is they are a lot more common in a renovation project than you may think. While this might sound scary, there are plenty of ways you can overcome these common mistakes or even avoid them completely.

Here are the most common bathroom renovation mistakes and our tips on how to avoid them for a seamless and successful bathroom project.

Mistake 1: Blowing the budget

Planning your bathroom renovation budget is no easy task – there are so many elements to consider that even a seasoned renovator can get overwhelmed going through the process. If you make the mistake of buying before you have fully budgeted for all of the material and work costs (as well as taking any potential mishaps into consideration), you could swiftly discover your dreams were bigger than your bank balance and end up with a half-finished bathroom as a result.

The solution is to speak to a bathroom renovation expert and have them plan out the entire renovation from start to finish. An expert will take into account your budget as well as your wants and needs and make sure the design and every fixture, material and product are in line with your dreams and your budget. Working with an expert is the easiest way to keep your budget in check and make sure a blowout doesn’t occur.

Mistake 2: Taking on the project management yourself

Don’t make the mistake of going without a project manager to oversee your bathroom renovation and opting to take on the responsibility of a home renovation yourself. Managing a renovation project is no simple task – you need to have a thorough understanding of the order of necessary tasks and hire and organise a trusted team of trades to make sure your project is completed professionally, on time and within budget.

For the most successful outcome you should engage with a renovation company who will provide a project manager to oversee the whole project for you. There are so many steps involved in a bathroom renovation project, not only is the correct sequence of events difficult to master, but you also have to ask yourself – do you have the time to take on the task yourself? The easiest way to keep your sanity in check, your tradespeople happy and avoid blown out timeframes is to leave it up to the experts.

Mistake 3: Selecting unsuitable fixtures and finishes

It’s extremely common for people to get caught up in the aesthetics of bathroom products and as a result end up choosing fixtures that are either poor quality, the wrong size or positioned in the wrong spot. These common mistakes can be easily avoided if everything is done correctly in the planning stages. Hate to sound like a broken record but the easiest way to plan the perfect bathroom is by engaging a bathroom renovation expert.

You will get to work with an experienced interior designer who will design a layout around how you and family will be using the space, select fixtures and fittings that are the right height and the right size for the space and select the most high quality and cost effective products.

Mistake 4: Not creating a cohesive look 

When selecting materials and finishes for your bathroom it’s so easy to get caught up in focusing on the bathroom in its entirety that you neglect to consider how the style of the bathroom will complement the rest of your home. If you make this mistake, your bathroom can end up feeling and looking completely disconnected from the rest of your home.

To avoid this mistake, make sure there is a common visual theme that ties the material and finishes chosen in your bathroom to the ones used in the rest of your home. For example, the tiles or stone in your bathroom should be similar to those in your kitchen or another bathroom to create a cohesive look and feel throughout your home.

Mistake 5: Going crazy with pattern

A common mistake seen in bathroom designs is people wanting to put one too many patterns or features in their bathroom that it ends up competing with each other or overpowering the whole space. Don’t get us wrong a richly patterned tile or a striking cabinetry colour makes for a stunning feature however if they aren’t balanced out with the right fixtures or fittings, it will have a negative effect on the space.

Our advice is to focus on one standout feature within your bathroom and design the rest of your fixtures and fittings around this. For example, if your standout feature is a patterned floor tile then it should be balanced out with a neutral or plain tile for the walls. It’s important to take a close look at how all of your elements will look together before making a final decision.

Want to avoid making these common mistakes in your bathroom renovation? For a seamless and successful bathroom renovation project book in your FREE in-home or video consultation with one of our experts today!

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