Common Bathroom Design Mistakes To Avoid

September 19th 2022

Are you planning to renovate or revamp your home? After all, not only is it a necessity to fix up any existing troubling issues, but it is also a great way to breathe life into your home! However, when it comes to redesigning a home, there are several things that new or inexperienced homeowners tend to (unfortunately) overlook.

And did you know that these common mistakes can end up being extremely costly not just in expenses, but in terms of resources and time as well? In fact, it can even cause you to spend double (triple, or even more) the amount of money and time to fix the mistake and redesign once again. Not to mention the bouts of frustration and headache that come along with any renovation mistakes. This is why you need to be aware of such common mistakes and actively avoid them. This is especially so when redesigning your bathroom! Not to worry, we got you covered. Here are the most common bathroom design mistakes you need to avoid.

Impulsive decisions

Making impulsive decisions when designing your bathroom is a recipe for disaster. And yet, it is a common mistake that many people make, be it consciously or unconsciously. For some, such impulsive choices can be made due to a lack of time, while others may commit this mistake because they may have been unconsciously influenced to do so. 

On the other hand, some may make impulsive decisions, and yet, believe they are making an informed choice. And unfortunately, impulsive decisions when renovating or redesigning your bathroom means you need to spend more resources, money, and time. It can also inflict unexpected damage to your bathroom, which can further snowball the costs, energy, and time required for this unfortunate mistake. 

More importantly, there are several HDB rules, policies, and laws in place that must be followed otherwise, you might be fined. Therefore, here is our tip for addressing this common bathroom mistake of impulsive decisions. Before you begin your redesigning or renovation journey, always get guidance from a competent interior designer or expert on what is and is not permissible, and at the same time, remember to do lots of research and be informed of your choices (rather than making a careless and impulsive decision).

Using slippery tiles

The usage of slippery tiles in bathrooms is not only a common mistake, but it is also a hazardous one. After all, did you know that slippery tiles cause over 70% of the home accidents that happens in the bathroom? This is especially dangerous for young children or the elderly. So, if you have young kids or parents living with you, this is a mistake you need to be especially careful of. 

Not to mention, bathrooms tend to be wet and slippery, thus the chances for accidents are already high as it is, thus it is important for you to limit the risk of falling or the risk of any accidents. And how can you limit the risk? Apart from staying clear of slippery tiles, you should also search for anti-skid tiles and make use of them in your bathroom. Remember, no matter how pretty a tile look, if it is not made of anti-skid materials, it will only bring about plenty of issues and dangers in your bathroom. With that said, we would also like to warn you about using veneer in your bathroom. This is because it tends to degrade fast in a humid bathroom. Not to mention, you should also steer clear of glossy tiles as they are a recipe for disaster. Instead, we recommend the usage of laminates or ceramic tiles.

Lack of inspection

Another common bathroom mistake made by inexperienced or unknowledgeable homeowners? It is the lack of inspection of the bathroom area. While some may not think of it as a big deal and simply do as they wish, it will end up being an extremely costly long-term, and frustrating mistake. Some may even start planning their bathroom renovation just from an estimated floor plan, without having physically inspected the bathroom itself.  

Although it may sound completely okay, or perhaps even beneficial, as it allows you to start the renovation quicker, it is still important for you to inspect and plan. Why is this so? This is because although the measurement, of your new sink, for example, may seem to fit the bathroom measurements, directly inspecting your bathroom may allow you to realise that it would be too cramped or ill-fitted. Keep in mind that a floor plan is merely a 2D plan that should guide your renovation journey, but you still should directly inspect your new house for a better reference. At the same time, inspecting your bathroom before the start of your renovation or redesigning journey is also beneficial because it allows you to inspect for any issues or flaws. Early detection (through physically inspecting your bathrooms), as people often say, can prevent major consequences or complications. 

Setting unrealistic budgets

Although many of us may claim (or hope to say) that money is never a problem, more often than not, it is. This is especially so since renovating your bathroom often also means you are planning to renovate or redesign other aspects of your home. Not to mention, if you wish to upgrade the plumbing allocation or purchase more premium items, all these can add up to an overwhelming amount of money. And the lack of a budget can exacerbate this money issue. After all, without a budget, or worse setting an unrealistic budget, will not only give you false security of the total redesigning or reconstructing fees but may even leave you with insufficient funds for your entire renovation journey. 

In fact, bathrooms are especially liable to this common mistake. This is because bathrooms often require plumbing reworks, which include changing the direction of pipes and the flow of water – all requiring tearing down walls and searching for the main water line, among other things. Essentially, it requires a lot more money than one normally expects. Thus, here is our recommendation. You should research more on the average costs for the specific renovation or redesigning works that you want for your bathroom, and set aside another 10% as a precautionary safety net. With that said, you can try to work with what you have as much as possible to minimise costs. Remember, setting a reasonable budget and keeping by it is key to a successful and enjoyable renovation and redesigning bathroom journey. 

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