4 common mistakes to avoid when renovating your bathroom.

13 September 2016

Renovating your bathroom can be an extremely exciting exercise. In this day and age the possibilities are pretty much endless; whatever you visualise your dream bathroom to look like it’s highly likely there are products, fixtures and the installation ‘know how’ to make it a reality.

In the same breathe however it is all too easy to get carried away and caught up in the moment. Whether it’s skipping key functional requirements, cramming too much into the available space or not preparing the fundamentals in an attempt to ‘save money’ – whatever you do it is essential you don’t fall into this criteria.

In our experience there are 4 common bathroom renovation mistakes that we see reoccurring time after time and it has to stop!

Don’t worry we’re here to help… Mainly because we love the industry we work in and because we take great pride in the quality, service levels and transformations we deliver which is why we take a ‘botched job’ personally… it pains us.

In fact, the sole purpose of this article is to highlight each of the offending mistakes in an attempt to educate better bathroom refurbishments for today, tomorrow and years to come.

1. Preparation is the key!

It’s an old saying but one that’s never rung so true. When it comes to renovating your bathroom, shower room, en-suite or cloakroom preparation really is the key! It’s often all too easy to cut corners in an attempt to save money but the truth is if it’s a job worth doing it’s a job worth doing right.

We’re talking about skimming, plastering and preparing walls, regardless of whether you are looking to decorate, tile or wall board, an even surface makes all the difference. Similarly it may be necessary to rewire some key electrics depending on the new fixtures you wish to install. Due to new laws and legislations existing electrics may need earth bonding and RCD protecting. Any existing pipe work may also need looking at, especially if it’s lead, however copper or plastic pipping in most instances is left as such. Either way it’s important to be aware that some, in not all, these area will need looking at and in some instances, replacing.

2. You can never have too much of a good thing…


You can have too much of a good thing.

You can have too much of a good thing in your bathroom.

Everyone has an idea of ‘their perfect’ and for many when it comes to bathroom design it may include such luxury’s as a free standing bath, a 4 piece suite or a larger than life shower enclosure however you need to think rationally.

Think practically and functionally. How will the design work? Will the design work? The last thing you need is a cramped bathroom that’s too small for you to enjoy or work with. It maybe your idea of perfect but in reality it might turn out to be a nightmare to live with. Best bet? Engage with a bathroom specialist, discuss your wants, needs and aspirations, work with them to realise what design will suit your lifestyle and your functional requirements. Make them aware of what you want and need to be incorporated in the overall design and take their suggestions on board, you may not get your idea of perfect, simply because it isn’t feasible, however our bet is you’ll love the practicality even more.

3. If it seems too good to be true; it probably is.

We’ve all been persuaded by an eye catching low price however in our experience if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Bathroom fixtures need to be durable. Statistics indicate that as a nation we look to refurbish our house bathrooms every 10-12 years, that’s a lot of bath’s, showers and toilets being flushed in its lifetime.

When it comes to statement features you get what you pay for. It may be 50% cheaper however it’s likely to need replacing within 5-6 years rather than 10-12 because the quality and materials used are simply not built to last so in the long run you could be worse off.

It is also widely accepted that reduced and discounted items may be end of the line stock, discontinued as manufactures look to reinvent the wheel and innovate the market with a new design. Now of course this is great for the economy however what happens when/if something goes wrong? Remember your bathroom should be built to last for 10 years at a minimum however if a component breaks in half the time how is it going to be fixed if what your requiring is no longer made?

Of course there are ways around this but it’s important before parting with any money you make sure that components that may need replacing are pretty standard and not specific to the discounted items you’re looking to save money on.

4. Too busy living in the here and now.

Regardless of how many ‘good deals’ you think you may have had during your bathroom refurbishment its likely still cost you anything between £4,000 - £8,000, which is a lot of money by any stretch of the imagination.

As referenced in the previous point, for many, renovating your bathroom is a once in a decade type of home improvement so we urge you to consider the long-haul and future expectations. Designs change with the seasons so it’s sensible to think ‘neutral’ and not ‘on trend’, failure to do so may result in your renovation feeling dated within 12months.

It’s also sensible to consider your circumstances and assess how likely these are to change within 10 years. Are you getting older and nearing retirement age? Would you benefit from a more ‘future proofed’ design? We’re not talking a disabled bathroom but potentially a stylish shower solution that regardless of situation would stand the test of time.

Similarly are you thinking of adding to the family within a matter of years? How would your idea of a perfect bathroom fit with bathing a little one? This is increasingly important if you are thinking of converting a bathroom to a shower room – would this be practical?

There’s ways and means of overcoming all potential circumstances however they need to be openly discussed prior to agreeing a design. The last thing you want is to be spending a small fortune on renovating your bathroom only for it to be functionally impossible to use within a number of years.

MoreBathrooms, part of the Passmore family, is a Leeds based bathrooms by design specialist. Whether you require a complete bathroom solution or a bathroom renovation MoreBathrooms offer bathroom design incorporating expert knowledge and advice in all themes, ranges and styles as part of their complete supply & installation service.

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