Steer Clear of These 5 Common Bathroom Design Blunders

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Aside from the kitchen and laundry room, your bathroom is one of the hardest working rooms in a home. While it can be more fun to focus on the aesthetic bells & whistles of the room, a well-thought out design plan is critical to ensuring that your new bathroom is as efficient as it is beautiful. In 2018, New England homeowners should expect to spend on average $20,640 for a mid-range bathroom remodel while the market average for an upscale bathroom renovation is $64,693.* It’s helpful to know the numbers before you start planning. You know what’s also helpful? Learning from others’ mistakes! So, we’ve compiled a short list of common time-sucking, money-wasting blunders that we help our clients avoid at all costs.

  • Room with a View.  Most people are not fond of a cave-like bathroom. No windows. No light. No circulation. No, thank you! We beg you to consider building your bathroom adjacent to an outside wall with at least one window. If that isn’t possible, a skylight is an option that performs double duty; access to fresh air and providing natural light. Speaking of circulation…never forget to install a fan. Fans preserve paint and grout vulnerable to humidity, moisture and mildew. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of air and light!


  • Off the Beaten Path. A perfect place to site a bathroom is right next to the place where you eat and socialize said no quality contractor EVER! We’re not saying that you should build a separate wing of your home, but you shouldn’t be able to see into a bathroom from one of the more public rooms in your house (dining room, kitchen, living room). Off a hallway or around the corner from the kitchen, for example, are locations that offer users an out-of-the-way privacy. Not only that, but those who aren’t using the bathroom can also enjoy the “out of sight, out of mind” ignorance people appreciate when socializing, eating a meal or otherwise not in need of a toilet. Work with a qualified, licensed professional who has what it takes to make an intelligent design plan way ahead of the project kickoff.  Required materials, a realistic budget, who is doing the work (and when) as well as the specific location of the bathroom are all key planning elements that must be laid out well in advance.


  • Tuck Away the Toilet. We know every powder room needs one but having a little discretion in toilet placement can go a long way in making the vibe in your bathroom more spa-like than latrine-like.  A common mistake is allowing a toilet to be directly in the line of sight as soon as you walk in the room (or being able to see it from an adjacent room). Think about situating the toilet and shower in its own space so that one person can use the sink separately from the person using the shower and/or toilet. A full wall or even a half wall might not take away as much space as you’d think and could make a much-improved efficiency of the room overall.


  • Small Can Make a Big Difference. You may be building your dream master bathroom or perhaps you’re expanding to account for a growing family…don’t lose sight that a sensible, well-appointed design is better than a large, cavernous bathroom. The number one goal of your bathroom renovation should be to create an uncomplicated space that functions effortlessly for your lifestyle. A brilliant design is not measured by how enormous the space is. While a large room can be a helpful asset, functionality is more important. A smaller bathroom can be just as beautiful, impressive and useful so long as you have a designer talented enough to make every inch of that space work for you.


  • Optical Illusions. Speaking of small spaces, there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of a larger bathroom. It just takes a bit of creativity and the right designer to make even the tiniest space have major impact. Details always matter, but especially when planning a smaller bathroom. Large, light-colored floor tiles and walls will create the illusion of space. Wall-mounted or pedestal sinks will open the floor and create more leg room. Instead of a bathtub, install a curbless, clear glass shower which helps the bathroom feel bigger and cleaner.  A practical choice, curbless showers can help aging baby-boomers to comfortably stay in their own homes longer.


At CC Woodcrafters of NE, we operate under the “knowledge is power” premise which is precisely why we love to share what we know with our existing clients and future customers. Bathroom blunders are simple to prevent if you know what you’re looking for. Steering clear of these entirely avoidable mistakes will ensure that you’ll love the result of your project and for years to come.


*Source: Hanley Wood Media, Inc., “Remodeling’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report”