Biggest Bathroom Renovation Mistakes You Need to Avoid

14 February 2020

Bathrooms are now expected to look better than ever. It is no longer just a place to get clean, homeowners seem to want more, pushing for an area where they can relax and recharge behind closed doors. As more renovations become apparent, mistakes in renovating such home feature seem to increase as well. Below are the biggest bathroom renovation mistakes you need to avoid.

Lack of Storage

Just like every other room in the house, storage is essential. You need room for cosmetics, medicines, products, hairdryers, strengtheners, shavers, dry towel and wet towels, and the list goes on. With smart storage there is an appropriate place for everything. Vanity drawers are easier to access than doors. Over bench mirrored shaving cabinets are great for keeping items away from little fingers. You can include some wall recessed in the shower and by the bath for shampoos, soaps and the odd candle. Heated towel rails are a must for family bathrooms, they have the capacity to store lots of towels plus they will always be dry and fluffy.

Ventilation Errors

The definition of horror is finding tiny black specks of mould marching up your newly painted walls and ceilings. This is generally caused by poor ventilation. Even if you have good open able windows, you will still need an exhaust fan to extract the steam. You can also paint the walls with oil based or mould-resistant bathroom to lessen the risk of mould taking hold.


Avoid overcrowding the bathroom. If you have a separate toilet close by, don’t install one in the bathroom. Maximise space as much as possible to make the room less cluttered and more comfortable. If the room is too small for a bath and a shower, the shower over the bath is preferable to cramping the room. Wall hung cabinetry and an in-wall toilet cistern will help preserve floor space.

Poor Lighting

Many of bathroom activities require good lighting. Shaving, waxing applying makeup and hair styling are difficult to do well in general ambient light. Including some well-designed task lighting is a must. In short, install a large mirror over the basin or vanity along with some lighting that directs back onto the face. There are many sleek lighting options available rather than the dated Hollywood style makeup lights.

Poor drainage

Every wet area floor requires “fall.” The floor must gently slope towards the floor waste to allow water to drain away efficiently. Large format floor tiles make this difficult particularly in a small bathroom. The tiler sets the level of fall by laying a sand and cement screed (topping) that grades toward the waste. The tiles are then laid over top. If the area is small and the tiles are large, they will be difficult to manipulate over the slope and require a lot of cuts. The maximum workable floor tile size is 300 X 300mm. If you have your hearts really set on large format tiles then consider a linear floor waste.

Avoid the biggest bathroom renovation mistakes by consulting New Life Bathrooms. We are fully-licensed bathroom renovation experts that only use top quality trades to complete your new bathrooms. All materials used in the manufacturing of our bathrooms will be of premier quality and with approved building standards, and all carry an individual manufacturer’s guarantee.