Avoiding common bathroom remodeling pitfalls

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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We’ve all heard of people who lived for months with a half finished bathroom — tub propped up in the corner, a mere hole in the floor where the toilet will go. What gives, you say?

There are many potential remodeling pitfalls that can plague your bathroom space. Here’s how to keep your bathroom remodeling project on track and save your sanity.

Keep remodeling simple

Don’t take on too much. Before starting, make sure you can afford it and have the time to interview contractors and select products before the work starts. If you try to change a major item such as the tile or bathtub midstream, you’re in for a delay.

The contractor is key

Don’t settle for a remodeling contractor who builds room additions or has only done one part of a bathroom remodeling. There are many nuances to consider, such as:

  1. Scheduling the work, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It’s a small space and there are many steps, so you need to get the workers in at the right time and in the right order.
  2. Laying the tile evenly. You don’t want awkward cuts around the base of the tub or the toilet. Find a tile contractor who knows how to measure.
  3. Selecting the right tub or shower. Do you want a soaker or a shower sauna? How much can you squeeze into a small space? Try this space planner from Kohler Co.

Make a plan. It sounds obvious, but many people rush to tear out their old toilet, only to discover that it’s pretty expensive to move it across the room. Make a plan that includes the timing, project stages and budget.

Remember that form follows function. Those lovely vessel sinks look great, but if the faucet is not angled properly, water will spray or spill over the sides. Don’t ruin a great bathroom by forgetting the basics.

By avoiding these common remodeling pitfalls, you’ll be on your way to a stunning bathroom — with everything installed and in working order!

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  1. 2 Responses to “Avoiding common bathroom remodeling pitfalls”

  2. Nov 10, 2011

    Great easy to understand points, Allison. Thanks for useful consumer information.

  3. Oksana V.
    Mar 14, 2012

    Really good points before starting with bathroom remodeling. Thanks!

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