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7 mistakes to avoid for a successful bathroom renovation

7 mistakes to avoid for a successful bathroom renovation



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Barely do you say bathroom renovations when you already think of wall coverings, laying tiles, fittings, sanitary installations ... But before you start doing DIY and installing an unsuitable walk-in shower, design on paper a custom bathroom… that will please you, will perfectly meet your needs and simplify your daily life.

  1. Install a walk-in shower without checking that it is possible
  2. Block access to piping for sanitary facilities
  3. Mistaken wall covering
  4. Do not anticipate movement in the layout
  5. Design your bathroom without thinking about ventilation and lighting
  6. Forget about storage in a small bathroom
  7. Abuse of white in a bathroom

1. Install a walk-in shower without checking that it is possible



Of course, the walk-in shower is the must have for modern bathrooms! It's chic, it's airy… But is it possible to integrate one at home? Indeed, if the walk-in shower is very simple visually, it hides some technical difficulties. It will indeed be necessary to check that it is possible to embed the entire system (receiver, evacuation, etc.) in your floor. The real walk-in shower is installed on one level. It is not for nothing that it is the ideal solution for all people with reduced mobility. Upstairs, your chances of digging will be less. However, if you really want to, you can always raise the floor of your bathroom (for major work) or raise the shower on a step (goodbye access on one level). Another alternative - simpler and less expensive: install an extra-flat shower tray. On the aesthetic level, you will almost have a walk-in shower, but at the technical level, you save yourself the laying of the tiling, complex to achieve. The ultimate dream? Install a walk-in shower in a master bedroom… And why not, if you can?

2. Block access to piping for sanitary facilities



When you renovate your bathroom, you choose beautiful tiling, a designer sink, perhaps a walk-in shower ... But you never think of the worst: the possibility of a leak. Everything to your tinkering, optimistic, you have all plugged up, partitioned, definitively condemning the piping. However, if this tile arrives to you one day, you will be very happy to have taken advantage of your renovation work to set up access hatches to the taps. Thus, you will not have to destroy your walls and floors in case of unexpected water damage. You just need to open the hatch to repair what needs to be repaired! The water leak will not have the skin of your bathroom!

3. Wrong wallcovering



Your choice of coatings for the bathroom will not be only aesthetic ... The bathroom is not a room like any other! On the floor as on the walls, the coating that you will choose will have to withstand the humidity conditions of the place. Which one to choose ? On the floor as on the wall, you can install tiling. Porcelain stoneware and natural stone are suitable for everything, while earthenware and glass paste will be kept for the walls. In all cases, take care to reinforce the tightness of the walls with water-repellent plates under the tiles (the famous "placo") before laying, and waterproof joints and tiles after it. Paint suitable for damp rooms is also well suited. Wallpaper is less recommended, as water vapors can damage it quickly and cause it to peel off.

4. Do not anticipate movement in the layout



Nothing worse than getting into it, early in the morning, when you're late for work. Even with a small room, do not forget that you will move there! Better to install a smaller shower tray, but reserve the possibility of drying out of the cabin. Likewise, a bathtub may not be essential if the square meters are counted ... Note that you must reserve at least a clearance of 70 centimeters in front of a shower or a basin, and one meter in front of a bathtub. Also plan to be able to open your drawers and cupboards ... This is obvious, but we prefer to remind you. Space-saving tip: install a sliding door. It would be a shame to have to close the door to access the sink, for example ... If you are completely renovating the room, you have the possibility of creating your custom bathroom: take advantage! Make a plan, project yourself into the room and imagine all your movements. All this will make the future use of your bathroom much more pleasant.

5. Design your bathroom without thinking about ventilation and lighting



Who says humid room says important needs for ventilation. Even if your bathroom has a window, the installation of mechanical controlled ventilation (CMV) is recommended. For rooms without windows or low ceilings, this is even essential. VMC keeps your paints, which could otherwise blister quickly with humidity. A towel dryer is also very useful to prevent your bath linen from staying wet. These actions extend the lifespan of the various elements of the bathroom and make it possible to fight against molds which cause irritations, allergies… Do not underestimate your lighting needs either! A bathroom needs a lot more light than a living room or a kitchen. Think that in a bathroom, you are doing precision work: trimming a beard, waxing, makeup ... A ceiling light will therefore not be enough: this would accentuate the shadow areas on your face, unflattering for the complexion. You would then risk having a heavy hand on the foundation! Thus, add a light source above the mirror and / or author of the vanity unit (wall sconces, portholes, crimps, spotlights or lighting integrated into the bathroom cabinet). To bring warmth and increase the feeling of space, multiply the light points, which will neither be too white nor too yellow. LEDs will be the most suitable bulbs for a bathroom because they are closer to daylight. For ambient lighting, low-energy bulbs of 60 watts are sufficient. Also consider: the location of the electrical outlets! Do you use an electric razor, an epilator, a hair dryer? Think uses. And of course, respect the electrical standards! In the bathroom, electricity is a very sensitive subject, the presence of water increasing the risks. Thus, your installation must absolutely comply with standard NF C 15-100 to ensure your safety. Always install your electrical devices (including lights) at least 60 cm from a water source to avoid unnecessary danger.

6. Forget about storage in a small bathroom



It is all very well in this launch into DIY but, beyond the essential furniture and equipment, have you thought of storage? Yes, minimalism is in vogue, but you still have to provide a space to store your hygiene and beauty products, your bathroom linen… Vanity units, bathroom column, furniture hanging like shelves: use all available spaces. If you choose a bathroom that is too clean, small objects such as soaps and toothbrushes will end up lying around the edge of the sink, and the rest will pile up in the single storage cabinet of the room ! Guaranteed disorder effect, when you are looking for minimalism ... In addition, inside your drawers and shelves, remember to compartmentalize: a few baskets or plastic accessories will help you to prevent the bazaar from taking hold. What if you created a niche to elegantly store your cosmetics?

7. Abuse of white in your bathroom



White is a neutral color that highlights your decorative elements. On the other hand, a total white look would quickly give your room a hospital or hotel bathroom look! In a powder room, all colors are allowed: follow your desires! If the room is small, prefer warm or pastel colors, which bring a touch of warmth and compensate for the lack of light. Be careful not to streak your bathroom either, which would create an overload and a messy effect. You will understand, whatever your bias, the measure is your friend.