For those homeowners considering an extensive bathroom remodel, careful consideration should be given to designs that wind up detracting from the space rather than improving it. While many remodeling ideas might seem like a good choice at first glance, weighing the pros and cons will help you to choose the right path.
Never Put Form Over Function.
While you certainly want your bath remodel to be visually appealing, choosing form over function is a common mistake. For both kitchen and bathroom remodels, it's critical that homeowners never lose sight of what the space is used for.
An example of this mistake would be choosing expansive windows for your bathroom remodel. If the bathroom footprint is small, you may be sacrificing vanity space or valuable storage space that will make the bath more efficient and functional. Striking a balance of form and function is always the best course of action.
Avoid Trending and Eclectic Designs
Avoid being consumed by the latest trends in bathroom design. From vessel sinks to frameless shower enclosures, trendy design schemes will destroy your budget and offer little in return. Although the "form over function rule" certainly applies in the case of trending fixtures and design elements, it's also important to consider the resale value when planning your bath remodel. The design features that you choose today may not be in style 6 months from now, and that might be enough to turn away prospective buyers.
When preparing to sell your home, keep your remodel simple and functional. While basic designs might not guarantee a sale, they certainly won't alienate your buyers. Spending an exorbitant amount of money on a trendy remodel, only to hear that your prospective buyers want something more timeless, is a hard pill to swallow.
Skip the Luxuries
Many homeowners are easily sold on the idea of soaking tubs, spas, and expansive walk-in showers. While these are wonderful ideas, they all come with a host of problems that are expensive to overcome. Spas and large soaking tubs will require structural modifications in those homes that weren't designed with the additional loads in mind. Never make the assumption that your older home can handle the burden, as this is rarely the case.
Walk-in showers with large footprints may also require structural retrofits. Although load isn't necessarily an issue, a stable sub-floor is critical to prevent tiles from being constantly damaged. At the end of the day, if your home wasn't built to handle your changes, you're better off passing on that particular design idea.
Keep It Simple
Simple designs are the perfect solution for a remodel that is visually appealing, functional, cost effective, and will maintain or increase the value of your home. Once you've demolished your current bathroom based on a lofty design, it's very difficult to turn back. Think it through, consult your contractor, and never underestimate the importance of a professional designer.