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The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Bathroom Remodeling

While there are several right ways to begin your bathroom remodeling project, there are even more ways to mess it up. In some cases, homeowners may feel like they have the expertise to design their own bathroom.

However, there are plenty of pitfalls to doing something as big as a bathroom remodel, and there are plenty of ways to avoid the kinds of problems that end up costing more money in the long run. Below are some of the worst things you can do during your bathroom remodel. We repeat: Do not follow the advice below. Use it as a guide for what you shouldn’t do.

Bathroom Remodeling Design Drawings

"Just wing it as you go along."

Planning is always the most important step during a bathroom remodel. Before you start tearing down walls, be sure that you have a complete set of plans to guide you. This may seem like simple common sense, but some homeowners will still convince themselves that they know exactly how they want it to look in their mind. Often, this simply leads to an expensive headache.

"Don’t worry about building codes."

Building codes are not suggestions. If you’re doing major work on your home, it’s always best to get a permit or at least make sure your additions are up to code. Especially since bathrooms deal heavily with water and sewage, any major replacements need to adhere to codes specific to your area in order to ensure your safety.

"Invest lots of money into current bathroom trends."

Shag bathroom rugs and leather toilet cushions may have been popular once, but at least they’re cheap to replace. When looking for a sink style or tabletop material, be sure to put your money into something that will stay stylish for years to come. Otherwise, you may encounter some obstacles if you plan on selling your house a decade or two from now.

Tiled Bathroom

"Don’t worry about your bathroom lighting."

Adding a window to get more natural light is a great solution to your lighting issues in many cases, but at night you’ll find that you need a little more illumination. In addition to simple overhead lighting, lights above the mirror go a long way toward creating a brightly-lit, comfortable space. If in doubt, adding more lighting is always a good way to go.

"Save money by buying cheap materials."

No. If you find yourself buying the least expensive of everything, you cannot afford to remodel your bathroom. Cutting corners only leads to problems in the long run, which often costs homeowners more money overall. It’s fine to use regular tile instead of marble. Nobody is expecting a bathroom fit for a king. However, if you find yourself choosing cheap plywood for your cabinets instead of more expensive, but more durable wood, be prepared to do more maintenance in the years to come.

When it comes down to it, planning a bathroom remodeling process is about using your common sense. If you plan on remodeling your bathroom yourself, it may be best to enlist the help of someone who has done it before so that you can sidestep these potential problems and any others you might encounter.

Sources -
1 - http://blog.custombuiltri.com/the-worst-advice-weve-ever-heard-about-home-remodeling
2 - http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/22399766/list/10-design-tips-learned-from-the-worst-advice-ever