Renovating a bathroom can be a very effective way to increase the overall value of a property. Unfortunately, it can just as easily become a money sink (no pun intended) if you don’t go about it in the right way. People often make some of the same mistakes which lead to significant future problems or end up being a waste of their money. The bathroom is certainly not a room in which you want to be cutting corners and you really need to be careful with the choices you make. Here are a few of the key factors you need to avoid.
Unnecessarily Changing Pipework
This is something you should factor in before you decide to change the entire layout of the bathroom. Newly positioned fittings and pipework will take a lot of work and will rapidly increase the cost spent. That’s not to say don’t do it but just that you should account for this when budgeting and so if it is not entirely necessary to try to avoid doing it. However…
Not Replacing Faulty Pipework
On the flip side of this, it’s not much use sorting out all of the superficial sides of things and making the bathroom look the part but not actually improving on poor quality plumbing. Over time the pipes will begin to clog and with this, the pressure in the system will drop. This will lead to poor dispensing of water as well as wasting money on bills. Renovating a bathroom needs to be much more than just making it look great and so this side of things should be just as, if not more, important.
Lack of Light
One of the worst things that can affect the quality of a bathroom is the lighting. A dark and dingy one is not going to be a pleasant environment no matter how beautiful the various fittings and overall design are. If there is no window you really should think about installing one or if it is poorly positioned have it moved, cost permitting. Alternatively, make use of a skylight as another means of introducing natural light.
Lack of Storage
As stated before the superficial look of a bathroom may initially be pleasing but upon further inspection, if it is not particularly functional then it will not attract buyers and will not be of much use. You are going to need space to put all of the things you would expect to find in a bathroom. Without this, it becomes nothing more than a showroom.
Mishmash of Styles
You need to plan out the look and design of the bathroom before going out and buying furniture and fittings for it. Decide on a style and stick to it. Traditional bathrooms date well and look sophisticated whilst modern minimalist ones will look sleek and contemporary. However, if you mix these up too much you will end up detracting from the overall look and they won’t be complimentary but rather will end up being at odds with one another. If you are unsure of what to go with, try looking at some examples or visit a showroom so that you can end up with a stylish whilst still reliable bathroom renovation.