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Top 4 Bathroom Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

Remodelling your bathroom should be something that is both exciting and a pain free process. It should improve the aesthetic and the functionality of the space. Often times focusing too much on what's trending and not functional solutions is what leads homeowners into making costly decisions. In this post we discuss the top 4 bathroom remodelling mistakes homeowners make and how to avoid them to create a stunning and highly functional space.

1. Changing Bathroom Layout or Fixture Configuration

As soon as you start changing the configuration of the bathroom layout you will have to contend with the added costs with rerouting pipes and possibly the toilet stack. Simply put, the more you tear out and have to replace, the more it will cost. Now this isn't to say that sometimes it's not necessary, but it should be avoided if possible. Sticking to the original layout, you will reduce the plumbing costs and simplify the process. However, if you have to move fixtures, you can still reduce costs if you can avoid moving the toilet.

2. Having No Focal Point

When remodelling your bathroom, it's important to have a clear focal point in mind. This will help guide the rest of the design and ensure that the space looks and functions well. When planning your bathroom remodel, consider the first thing you see when you enter the room. Ideally, it should be something visually pleasing like a beautiful vanity or a stunning tub, rather than the toilet unless it can't be avoided. Once you have identified your desired focal point, you can then develop a layout that showcases it and allows it to shine.

3. Not Understanding Basic Bathroom Do’s and Don’ts

By following a set of do's and don'ts, it can be easier to overcome potential issues and focus on what is important during a bathroom remodel. To ensure a successful remodel, consider the following:


  • Upgrade your bathroom vanity, unless it is an antique or original fixture you love.

  • Waterproof your bathroom.

  • Have a contingency fund for unexpected issues.

  • Plan for future upgrades, depending on how long you plan to stay in the house.

  • Look for eco-friendly products that can provide rebates or save water.

  • Increase storage to keep your bathroom organized.

  • Follow standard bathroom layout rules, such as avoiding oversized vanities or tubs in small bathrooms.

  • Consider the right gradient for drainage.

  • Install proper ventilation.


  • Remove the bathtub (if it's the only one in the house), especially if you plan to sell your home.

  • Lay new tile over the old tile.

  • Choose materials that are prone to staining like hardwood, laminate or light colored marbles.

  • Neglect functional elements of the bathroom when designing the layout.

  • Overlook task lighting.

  • Choose a design scheme that may negatively impact your return on investment.

By keeping these guidelines in mind, you can increase your return on investment, while creating a stunning space that you will enjoy.

4. Cutting Costs in the Wrong Areas

When remodelling your bathroom, it's important to keep a balance between cost-saving measures and investing in quality materials and installation. Cutting corners too much may lead to issues such as leaks or cracking tiles. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, consider getting quotes from experts and adjusting your budget accordingly. Professional bathroom remodellers often have access to discounts on materials and can ensure the job is done correctly, ultimately leading to a higher return on investment and less stress in the long run. To ensure that your bathroom remodel increases the value of your investment and your enjoyment of your home, it's best to reach out to a professional bathroom remodeller.


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