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2015
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3 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes

Posted By Better Living in The Organized Bath | 3 Comments


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Thanks to all of the widely watched home improvement and renovation television shows, many of us think we are experts when it comes to designing our homes. Although many of the mistakes are easy and inexpensive to amend, there are some that will cost thousands to rectify. Being aware of the most common bathroom design mistakes should help you avoid the inconvenience in your own home.

LACK OF STORAGE

The key to designing an effective bathroom and ultimately maximizing its limited space is having a sufficient amount of storage capacity.  Somewhere to store the everyday essentials (soap & shampoo, cologne & perfume, hair spray & gel, etc.) is often neglected when it comes to remodeling the bathroom. Imagine a modern, sleek bathroom that looks magnificent, but quickly becomes cluttered due to the lack of cabinets for storage.  Start by considering cabinet storage solutions from the very beginning of planning the bathroom rather than an afterthought. A mirrored medicine cabinet might be a good idea for those who want a minimalistic theme to the bathroom. The high-quality stainless steel, melamine and mirror constructed cabinet will be a great addition to any bathroom. The mirrored door doubles as a vanity mirror, and the spacious interior has a height adjustable tempered glass shelf for storing essentials.

TILES

One of the hardest things to keep clean in the bathroom is the grout between the tiles. Back in the 80s and 90s, small tiles were commonly used. Not only do they look busy, they also have more grout – making it harder to keep the bathroom sparkling clean. Consider using large 12” x 24” natural stone, porcelain tiles, or marble, for walls and floors.  They will modernize your bathroom and have lower maintenance than small tiles. Also, it might be a good idea to look for special antifungal grout which will keep everything clean.

VENTILATION

Poorly ventilated bathrooms can cause a lot of problems, for example, mildew and mold. A good air flow is essential to prevent your bathroom from steaming up.  The easiest solution might be a window, but it’s the least practical. Hence, building a proper ventilation fan is very important. Get advice on ventilation from local plumbers or builders, and make sure the fan conforms to current building regulations. Another simple step to ensure the bathroom stays dry is to take some time to wipe surfaces with an ergonomically designed squeegee after using the bathroom, particularly on shower doors and mirrors. While it might seem like a pain to have to do this every time, it doesn’t take long and it will prevent inconveniences in the long run. There are a lot of squeegees on the market that will leave tile surfaces clean and shower doors crystal clear without streaks. In any case of black spots appearing around the bathroom walls, use bleach and water to clean (remember to wear gloves), otherwise the bathroom will become a breeding ground for mold.

At the end of the day, DIY-ing is a great idea, but it’s important to be realistic about what you can actually manage yourself. It is a lot of work to completely remodel a bathroom from scratch. If you are determined to do some of the work yourself, get a professional to do the major plumbing, electrical and plastering work, and then take on the simpler decorating jobs yourself.

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3 Responses to 3 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes

  • J. Tunney says:

    I know and respect my limits, which is why I’m not on the DIY bandwagon. If it requires anything more than a couple coats of paint, I reach for the Yellow Pages!

  • Virgil P says:

    Nice blog. Personally, I still prefer the smaller tiles. I agree that they are more maintenance, which means they aren’t for everybody, but I think the smaller ones looks better.

  • Linda says:

    Fortunately, the condo unit my husband and I just moved into has lots of storage. While the bathroom is a bit on the small size, it has a medicine cabinet, drawers, and shelves. So we’re pretty satisfied with our setup.

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