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Remodeling Your Bathroom? Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes

September 26, 2018

A door that opens in the wrong direction,a mismatching fixtures, a toilet that hangs too high, tiles that are difficult to maintain and problems with ventilation and lighting. Are you making one of these bathroom design mistakes?

Here’s some of the most common bathroom design mistakes we see, as well as simple tips and steps you can take to correct them. If you realize you’re guilty of one or two on the list, don’t worry—we’re here to help.

1.Wrong direction of door opening

According to research the typical size of a minimal bathroom is 1.6 / 1.8 sq m. In a room that is smaller than these dimensions, it will be very difficult to open the door without encountering the sink or sitting comfortably on the toilet.

It is best to install the opening of the door toward the aesthetic side of the space, and not directly towards the toilet, as far as possible and according to the conditions of the area. If there is a cabinet for the sink, it is best if the door opens in its direction, and even turns it into an interesting focal point in this space.

Keep in mind that in this case we will have to make sure to create an opening of at least 70 cm to the door itself and another about 80 cm to develop the pocket. Thus, the door will open to the side and not inside, and will allow easier conduct in that crowded space.

2. A toilet too deep in a small space

Another option that will increase the sense of space in that space is by choosing a narrower toilet. The depth of a regular, massive toilet is 57-60 cm (not including the wash tank). There are shorter toilets in the market today, which are about 50 cm deep and when it is a small space, the difference is significant.

Most newer homes have a 12-inch rough-in; older homes having a 10- or 14-inch measure. Naturally, the closer the toilet is to the wall, the less space it takes up. Today, elongated bowls are considered more comfortable, but rounded bowls take up less space.

 

 

 

3. A sink that makes it difficult to open the door

If you can not install a pocket door and the water point of the sink is close to the opening of the door, it is very important to choose a sink in depth that will allow easy opening of the door. It should be remembered that this is a sink intended only for hand washing, and should not be too large, and despite the fact that it is narrow, it should be relatively deep (about 20 mm), so the water will break into the sides of the sink rather than the wall.

The recommended shape is oval (or round, depending on the dimensions of the space), or rectangular, but definitely not a sink or a square shape, which does not fit the size of this space.

Replacing with a sliding pocket door to utilize floor space once reserved for the door swing. This small bathroom features a sliding door with a frosted-glass panel that allows natural light to filter in while still providing privacy.

4. Mismatching fixtures

Of course, you don’t want to hate any space in your home. So even a bold design journey, like choosing not to choose a single tile for the bathroom, should be entered into with a solid plan for how you’re going to make it all work.

Reality is, it’s pretty easy to mismatch fixtures. You may have re-done your bathroom piece-by-piece, only realizing over time that something didn’t quite add up in your design.

Avoid having mismatched fixtures. Create a cohesive look with lighting fixtures that coordinate with the cabinet hardware, towel bar, robe hooks, etc.

5. The installation of a toilet depends on the wrong height

Experts say, the great advantage of a toilet hanging with a hidden vanilla tank is the clean visual appearance that makes the space more airy and thus even bigger. It floats in the air and is connected to the sewage infrastructure through the wall rather than through the floor.

However, it is important to install the toilet at the right height – about 25 cm from the floor, giving it a height of about half a meter.

 

 

 

6. Making storage an afterthought

The bathrooms in old houses were sometimes small because they were an afterthought, a luxury built into an unused corner when indoor plumbing finally came to town. Other bathrooms were simply created small, which seems strange when paired with the much larger common rooms that many old houses have.
Tip: Install a floating vanity. A vanity that connects only to the wall makes a bathroom instantly appear larger and creates the option for storage underneath.
 
 

7. White flooring will make you enslaved to cleanliness

It is highly recommended to avoid covering the bathroom floor with a smooth white floor. This is a very small space, and it usually has a small sink, and when you wash your hands, water splashes toward the floor, causing dirt marks after you step on them.

Bathroom flooring can make a big statement, whether it’s a large master bathroom or a small powder room. It provides the foundation and tone for the room. Essentially, you want it to be pretty and practical for cleaning and for safety.

The most popular shades are light grays and whites, as well as other cool tones. One of the other advantages of these tiles is that they are easier to clean. They have less grout and thinner grout lines, and the graining makes the dirt a bit less obvious.

 

Here are some great example of mosaic tiles. Just click on the pictures to find out more details

 

 

 

 

There’s a lot to consider when doing a bathroom remodeling. Think about the vanity, paint colors, lighting and other elements that will make the space look it’s best. Have you made any of these common bathroom design mistakes before? What are your favorite bathroom design fixes? Leave a comment and let us know!

If you’re seeking for a licensed and insured company to help you with your next bathroom remodeling project Speak with our team of experts at 425.329.4228! We understand you might have some questions before starting your Remodeling Project. That is why we chose to provide a No-Cost No-Obligation Consultation meeting where you will get a chance to ask away.

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