5 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Renovating your Bathroom

Published October 18, 2018.
Est. Reading: 4 minutes

When considering a bathroom renovation ―whether you just want to replace a few outdated items or to create a whole new space from scratch― you have to keep in mind that this process must be taken seriously. Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is the most renovated space in modern homes and no wonder why. This is the place where we get ready for the day, and where we go at the end of the day to relax. At Sunset Homes, Calgary's inner city home builder, we have learned a thing or two about bathroom renovations.

As experienced Calgary custom home builders, we can honestly state that most bathroom renovations ―especially the large ones― take time and a considerable budget. But this doesn’t mean that all processes must be neverending, or that you will end up with empty pockets. As it is essential to keep in mind some tips to make your bathroom renovation simple to have a successful renovation, it is also vital that you refrain from making some common mistakes among homeowners. Today, we bring you a list of five essential no-nos.

Not Hiring Professionals

Sometimes, homeowners underestimate the scope of a bathroom renovation. Sure, we can all paint some walls or replace a faucet set to revamp our bathroom space. But if you are considering a major renovation, then you should strongly consider calling professionals. Only a pro team can provide you with a realistic timeframe and budget, suggest the best materials for each zone, and basically guide you through the whole renovation process in a safe way. We recommend you don't cut corners when it comes to professional guidance and choose the home builder in Calgary that fits your project and personal style.

Not Sticking to The Plan

One of the enormous advantages of counting on the help of a professional Calgary custom home builder is that you will have a proper renovation plan. Let's keep in mind that no renovation can end well if it is not carefully planned. But once you have a set idea, it is fundamental that you stick to it (unexpected emergencies aside). The truth is that often improvisations during remodeling result in unforeseen costs that make your budget and timeframe go out of control. The idea is to prevent falling into a bottomless money pit and finishing with a new bathroom you don't actually like. Learn more about making a plan for your renovation in our article Four Myths about Bathroom Design.

Keeping the Same Unfunctional Layout

As one of the top Calgary custom home builders, we always suggest our homeowners analyze the current layout of their bathroom carefully. Too often, the main problem of an old bathroom is the unfunctional layout. It is crucial that you assess the layout and decide whether you should totally change it or partially update it. Consider the current flow of the space, its functionality, the position of doors, windows, plumbing, and even electrical outlets. If you are unhappy with the original layout, move forward and change it. Don't convince yourself you can live with it! This never happens, and you can end up with a newly renovated bathroom that you still hate.

The major premise of any renovation (literally, any!) is that function always prevails over looks. There is no point in having a beautiful bathroom if it doesn't make your everyday life more comfortable and happier. Your chosen Calgary home builder will help you find the perfect balance between function and aesthetics. For example, we all agree that modern luxury bathrooms usually showcase a huge deep tub. But what if you don’t like tubs? Or if you are remodeling your messy teenagers' bathroom? Would you then add that tub? The point is that you should create a space that works for you and your family and not just a magazine-like one.

Trying to Save Money The Wrong Way

Too often brows are knitted when it comes to calculating a renovation budget. We won’t lie to you. In our experience as Calgary infill home builders, we know that a bathroom renovation is a large expense. But it is true that you can also save some money here and there. What you must keep in mind is that it is never a good idea to try to save money by skimping on good quality fixtures that will last many years. The best way to save money is to avoid replacing things that you actually like and are in good shape, and to invest in energy and water saving fixtures that will dramatically decrease your monthly expenses for years to come. When you consider renovations of any kind it is important to think about your home value and going for a renovation that will give you a return on your investment. 

Going for Too Trendy Instead of Long Lasting

Trends tend to be tricky. What is trendy today may not be trendy in a couple of years and then make a massive comeback in ten years. Since a bathroom renovation represents a significant investment, Calgary home builders will suggest you invest in durable materials and looks. This doesn't mean you have to create a dull bathroom but that you should try to mix neutrals with bold, trendy touches here and there. This is especially advisable when it comes to durable items such as tiles. Remember that once floor-to-ceiling pastel bathrooms were hip and now everybody is trying to get rid of them.

Are you ready for a bathroom renovation or a new custom home? Contact us today! We will prepare an estimate for your new custom build or major renovation, and provide you with the right tools for every step of the custom home building process.

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Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

When engaging in a bathroom renovation, the most common mistakes that you should avoid are not hiring professionals, not sticking to a plan, participating in unnecessary processes, keeping the original layout, creating unfunctional spaces, trying to save money the wrong way, and going for trendy styles.

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