Things not to do when remodeling your Bathroom

When it comes to remodeling tips, everyone’s full of advice. It seems like plenty of contractors, websites, and designers have suggestions about what to do, how to do it and where to do it at, but when it comes to avoiding the cardinal “don’ts” concerning your bathroom space, there’s considerably less information out there. If you don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to remodeling your home’s interior, it can be a daunting and often scary process. Of course, you want to make all the right changes for your home, the ones that will turn a mundane room into something spectacular, but at the same time, you don’t want to end up with faulty plumbing or disastrous design flaws. As much as it’s important to know the right kinds of action steps for your bathroom remodel, it’s also crucial to understand what steps you should avoid.

So, if you’re looking for more specific direction in what steps to take, and what steps not to take in your bathroom remodel, check out our following suggestions.

Don’t Forget the Design Plan
It can be easy to just pick out colors and products you like without really thinking about who they will serve, but having a design plan to keep you focused will be worth it in the end. Think about the long-term use of the bathroom. Will it be a kids’ bathroom, a guest bath, or the master suite? Should the décor be more practical or more luxurious? Think about the purpose of the bathroom, and then design accordingly.
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Don’t Reroute Plumbing or Ventilation
While it can be tempting to rearrange your whole bathroom and change the way everything was previously structured, it’s best to keep the plumbing and ventilation intact and work around the existing construction.  You can never be certain that what you’re doing now won’t have negative effects later down the road. You don’t want to enjoy your newly renovated bathroom and then suddenly find a major plumbing or ventilation problem that makes you tear everything out all over again.

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Don’t Cut Corners on Key Materials
With an assortment of products in relatively low-cost options, it might sound appealing to spend less on less desirable products, such as the toilet. But time will show that it’s important to get high-quality products where the appliances will be used frequently, and when it comes to the bathroom, that means almost all of the most major appliances or plumbing fixtrues. If you don’t have the budget for high-quality products, it might be better to postpone the bathroom project until your budget allows for serious upgrades.

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These are some of the most serious “don’ts” we came up with when considering a bathroom renovation, and if you follow these basic guidelines, we believe that you’ll be on the right track to gaining a pretty spectacular remodel. Ultimately, however, understanding what things to avoid is all part of the learning process, and we’d love to hear from some of our more experienced remodelers on what they’d suggest you don’t do in your bathroom remodel. Drop a comment in the field below and share your feedback!


Contributed by Aaron Gruenke  Foremost expert in Saunas and Steam showers and bathroom fixtures. Aaron is an author and writes for  and other home improvement websites.

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