8 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Bathroom Renovations
If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project on your Rochester, MN area home, 99 North Construction would like to offer these eight common mistakes to avoid in the process. A bathroom renovation will add value to your home and better suit your lifestyle and tastes. Plus, with proper planning, your new bathroom will function great and fit perfectly into your budget! If you’re looking for a reliable general contractor in Southern Minnesota, we’d love to work with you. Contact us today.
Not Setting a Budget
This is a big one, because the cost of a remodeling project can quickly get out of hand without a budget. You don’t want to near the end of your renovations, realize you have run out of money, and start cutting corners or leaving things incomplete. Have a financial plan before you even begin designing your new bathroom. Then, be sure to set aside about 10% of that to cover unexpected costs.
Going it Alone
YouTube and bloggers have made DIY bathroom remodeling all the rage. If you know your abilities (and they are excellent), then you might consider doing the things you are skilled at and hiring a general contractor for the rest. Be cautioned that going it alone may cost far more in the long run, due to mistakes, poor materials or even injuries.
No Natural Light
At 99 North Construction, we encourage our clients to try to work natural light into their bathroom remodel design. Natural light helps to control mold and mildew, saves on energy costs and adds a level of airiness which, with the right color scheme, makes a room glow.
Clear View from Outside
As we said, plan for natural light in your bathroom remodel if it’s possible. However, you want to make certain windows are strategically placed so that people won’t be able to see into the room from outside. A general contractor will discuss your options and may even offer creative solutions. Some creative solutions include a solar tube, textured glass block or shutters.
Poor Toilet Placement
If you’ve ever had someone open the bathroom door on you while you were sitting on the toilet, you realize how important good toilet placement is. In addition to coverage should someone barge in on you, a toilet should be as far away from personal care items (like your toothbrush) as possible. Also, make certain the entry, cabinet or shower doors don’t bump the toilet when swung open.
A clean, modern look is all the rage in bathroom remodeling. But, don’t forget to build in adequate storage for all of the things you typically use in your bathroom. It’s important to have storage for toilet tissue, personal care supplies, towels and cleaning products. Your general contractor should have tips on building storing options that blend into the overall design so well as to go unnoticed. While floating shelves and baskets look great, they do leave contents open to dust, hair, skin cells and bacteria that bathrooms are known to accumulate.
Spending Too Much Moving Plumbing
This goes back to having a solid budget at the beginning of your project, and then getting a quote for the cost. Moving your shower, sink and/or toilet may mean you’ll have to relocate your bathroom’s plumbing. This can get expensive. How expensive? Try double or triple your plumbing costs! When clients hire us to be their general contractor for a bathroom renovation, we like to keep the original plumbing in place whenever possible.
Choosing Style Over Function
When you finally have the means to remodel your bathroom, it’s easy to understand why you want it to be stylish. We wouldn’t be doing our due diligence as a remodeling contractor if we didn’t take a minute to warn readers that trends change more quickly than we sometimes realize. That’s why we advise our clients to plan first for function then design around those basics.
Looking for a Reliable Bathroom Remodeling Contractor of in the Rochester, MN Area?
Look no further! If you’re considering bathroom remodeling in your Rochester area home, 99 North Construction would happy to discuss your project with you. Therefore, we can ensure you avoid these 8 common mistakes made during bathroom renovations. We provide free estimates, and can handle all aspects of your bathroom remodel, from design to construction to post construction clean up!