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Thinking About a Small Bathroom Makeover? Avoid These Mistakes

Thinking About a Small Bathroom Makeover? Avoid These MistakesDo you have an outdated, cramped bathroom? Thinking about a small bathroom makeover? If you are, take the advice of many others who have gone before you. Bathroom makeovers are one of the top home remodeling job homeowners attempt -- and one of the most difficult.

Here are the top 5 mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Overcrowding

Your chance is finally here! You're actually getting to remodel your cramped, teeny-tiny bathroom. In your excitement, you want to include everything you've been dreaming about for years. Stop...

This is one of the top mistakes people make when doing small bathroom makeovers. Unless you've decided on a major renovation and are going to enlarge the space, you simply can't include everything.

Make a list of the most important features that you want and put them into your plan one-by-one. This way what matters the most to you will be included and you'll leave out the less important things that will overcrowd the space.

2. Change of mind

Before you start your remodeling, sit down and make a plan. Decide on the style, colors, and what new fixtures you'll be including. Write it down. Once you begin, don't change your mind.

This is where many people go over budget. They get caught up in the remodeling and get sidetracked when they start shopping for supplies and fixtures. Make a plan and stick to it.

3. Ventilation

To keep your new bathroom nice, don't forget the ventilation system. There's nothing exciting or flashy about ventilation and it often gets overlooked until it's too late. This is a big mistake that can cost you big bucks down the line.

A bathroom that isn't properly ventilated can lead to all kinds of problems, the least of which is mold and mildew. Include ventilation in your written plans.

4. Lighting

The tendency when choosing lighting for your small bathroom makeover is to go with what you think looks best without planning for functionality. Before you make a decision, remember to include enough lighting in the grooming areas and watertight lighting in the shower areas.

5. Safety

Make your new bathroom a safe place for the entire family. Make sure your new floors, shower areas, and tubs have slip-resistant finishes. If they don't, add mats or non-slip strips. Don't forget to include grab bars in tub and shower areas and choose rounded edges on your countertops in case of a fall.

These tips are lessons learned the hard way from home remodelers who have already completed their small bathroom makeovers. Be smart and take their advice to ensure you end up with a pleasant remodeling experience and an enjoyable bathroom for years to come.


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