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Mistakes to avoid designing a bathroom

Do you want to decorate or design a bathroom but don’t know where to start? Don’t fret because here are a few tips for mistakes to avoid while you are decorating a bathroom.

Not doing enough research and shopping

Builders’ quotes can vary wildly. The only way to get a sense of how much a project is really worth it is to compare several quotes and query the builders about any discrepancies. Get at least three quotes, ideally based on personal recommendations, and always ask for references. It goes without saying that the best price may not give you the best result, so consider carefully before opting for a quote that vastly undercuts all the others.

Blowing over your budget

Bathrooms are notorious for harboring hidden costs. Rusted pipes, rotting joists, dodgy electrics, and endemic mold are just some of the nasty surprises you might uncover once you start lifting up tiles and floorboards. If at all possible, allow a 15 to 20% contingency fund so you’re prepared for the unexpected.

Poor ventilation

The bathroom is the most humid room in the house, making it the ideal breeding ground for mold if you’re not careful. Invest in a good extractor fan that stays on a timer after you’ve left the room. This is especially important if you have an internal bathroom with no windows. No ventilation can leave your bathroom with a disturbing smell.

Choosing the wrong floor

Flooring is a great area in the bathroom that can make a statement but a shiny surface and water can be an ultra-hazardous combination. When choosing the flooring, think about who will be using the space. If you want extra protection, lookout for slip-resistant surfaces like rubber flooring and lay down a stylish bath mat for extra water absorption.