Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them

Published: 04 Jul 2022 ・ Read time: 7 mins
Many people view the kitchen or lounge as the central hub of the house. These busy rooms are what bring families together, encourage sharing and togetherness, and make treasured memories. The bathroom, on the other hand, serves a different purpose altogether - yet is just as important. Bathrooms encourage tranquillity, relaxation, and escape after a long day. Besides, if you live in a busy household, the bathroom is usually the only place you can have some peace and quiet!
As such, having a stylish bathroom you can be proud of is important for both mental and physical health. For this reason alone, we’ve seen a considerable uptick in customers looking to renovate their bathroom(s) in recent years.
Whilst exciting, renovating a bathroom can prove to be far more complex than many of the other rooms in your home. With a seemingly endless number of bathroom renovation traps and pitfalls to fall into, it’s important to know the commonly made mistakes so you can plan around them.

1.       Style Over Function

You want your new bathroom to look sleek, modern, and stylish. Yet you’d grow to despise even the most fashionable designer bathroom out there if it falls short in day-to-day functionality.
For example, you might love the appearance of a particular shower head. Yet if it feels like your shower is being powered by an asthmatic mouse blowing through a straw, you’ll quickly wish you’d have bought a higher flow model instead.
Another typical ‘form over function’ mistake is a lack of ventilation. A good extractor fan is crucial to bathroom longevity and will help ensure humidity doesn’t create damp, mould, and mildew in your shiny new bathroom.
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If your bathroom isn't properly ventilated and mould and moisture persist for a long time, paint, metal, and grout can deteriorate. Additionally, mould and mildew can wreak havoc on your health, potentially causing respiratory and immune system complications for you and your family.
Of course, these problems can be easily avoided by installing a suitably-sized extractor fan in your bathroom. Choose a model that has a high extraction rate and features such as a built-in timer and a humidity sensor to keep your bathroom dry. Unfortunately, extractor fans are frequently overlooked during renovations, so invest in your bathroom’s longevity by installing a good fan sooner rather than later.

2.       Not Committing to a Theme

You’ve probably got a theme in mind for your renovation already. Sleek and modern, peaceful and coastal, or dramatic and moody – no matter what you’re going for, it’s incredibly easy to get carried away as the renovation begins. When browsing for bathroom fixtures or bathroom furniture and accessories, it’s easy to be swayed away from your original design. This can result in a space that’s underwhelming, or worse – overbearing. It’s no secret that mixing too many styles and themes can create a cluttered, messy atmosphere.
Many people planning a bathroom renovation fail to keep the rest of the house in mind. Create a bathroom that doesn’t disrupt the flow of the property – instead, aim to complement the style, features, or architecture of the rest of your home.
It’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but mood boards or idea books can collate thematics and bring a cohesive style to the forefront of your mind. Try beginning with a central aspect of your theme - such as the main colours, materials, or textiles – that you want to define the look and feel of your bathroom, whilst picking elements that complement the house as a whole. You can then add colour swatches for paint, tiles, fixtures, and finishes to flesh out your design and create a clear vision of your perfect bathroom. has an extensive range of style guides to provide you with a healthy dose of inspiration. Click here to take a look.

3.       Neglecting Your Tiles

You want your new bathroom to look fantastic – yet ensuring it stays fantastic over the years lies with the quality of your initial renovation work. The tiles are a prime example of this, as bad tiling practices can ruin a renovation before it’s ever finished.
Every tile type and tile material will have an approved area for usage. It’s easy to fall head-over-heels for the perfect tiles for your bathroom floor – but always remember to check where the tiles can be used safely and effectively. Wall tiles that are placed on floors will be riddled with unsightly chips before long, and floor tiles placed on walls have a tendency to fall off. If you’re ever in doubt, ask the tile supplier before you buy.
There are no shortcuts or smoke and mirrors when it comes to choosing the right tile material. Naturally, bathrooms have far higher moisture and humidity levels than other rooms, so it’s crucial to take into account tile durability, moisture and slip resistance - and whether or not it can be used with your underfloor heating system, if applicable.
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4.       Choosing Incorrect Fixtures

When left to a bathroom renovation professional, bathroom fixtures aren’t usually of concern. Tapware and fixtures will be selected during the planning stages of your bathroom renovation, and the specifications and measurements will be handled by the professionals.
Yet for those choosing the DIY route, making sure you’ve got the sizing right for your fixtures is crucial - and can make or break any renovation. Always double or triple check measurements – and consider practicality. If you’re renovating the main family bathroom, will a wall-hung basin provide enough storage for the whole family?
If you’re choosing above-counter basins, keep in mind that you’ll need tall basin mixers to match – or have a spout high enough to reach the bowl if you’re choosing wall mixers. All important considerations when planning fixtures.

5.       Don’t Fight Your Existing Bathroom Footprint

Not only will this step save you money during your renovation, it will also ensure your bathroom remains practical and usable in day-to-day life.
You may have grandiose ideas in mind. “I’d really like to switch the bathtub with the shower”, I hear you cry. This might look good in theory, but will it work better than the existing footprint in terms of practicality? If your goal is to increase space, would it be better to remove a stud wall instead?
Take a look at your existing plumbing fixtures, cabinets, and lighting. What works well about the current design? What could be improved, considering the space you have? Take everything into account – even specifics, such as making the cuts needed to accommodate nooks and awkward tiling.
Working within your existing bathroom footprint may not be super exciting, but it’s a must for those renovating on a budget. Besides, there’s nothing worse than moving everything around, only to discover the shower door is now partially blocked by the cistern.
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Luckily, you don’t need to be an expert in bathroom design to give your bathroom a well-deserved makeover. Neither do you need an endless money tree growing in your back garden. By creating a detailed, well-thought-out plan that prevents the costly mistakes emphasised here, you’re well on your way to creating your dream bathroom.
City Plumbing believes that bathrooms are one of the most important areas of the house that is frequently overlooked when it comes to housing renovation. For personal advice, information, and help in achieving your bathroom’s true potential, feel free to get in touch with our friendly group of experts.
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