Setting a Budget: 5 Aspects of Bathroom Remodeling You Shouldn’t Compromise On

Planning a complete bathroom renovation can be fun, but it can be an exercise in frustration when it’s time to choose specific materials and other components without going over the budget. There are a lot of areas where compromise is fine within a bathroom, but there are some aspects that you shouldn’t compromise on. The following are aspects of bathroom remodeling you will want to pay closer attention to so you avoid issues in the future.

Storage Space

There never seems to be enough storage space in homes, and this is especially an issue in bathrooms. There are various ways to add more storage, but it is best to consider this during the design phase of the remodel. Great bathroom remodeling contractors can offer ideas on how to add more storage without sacrificing the style of the bathroom. Storage can include recessed medicine cabinets, under-sink storage, or small linen closets within the bathroom.

Ventilation Plan

Without proper ventilation, the bathroom will start to suffer from mold or mildew. There is a lot of water in bathrooms, and the moisture needs to be able to leave the bathroom to avoid causing issues. The most common type of ventilation is a fan that can be turned on as needed. However, there are other ways to add ventilation in a bathroom. The main key to remember, however, is that there does need to be some sort of ventilation, and it needs to be adequate to keep the bathroom free of mold or mildew.

The Paint

Of course, homeowners can choose any paint color they prefer when they’re renovating a bathroom. The point to remember here, however, is to pick out quality paint. Cheaper paint may not hold up to all of the moisture in the bathroom, which can result in peeling or bubbling. Once you’ve decided on a color to paint the bathroom, have the contractor use paint that’s designed to be used in bathrooms to prevent having to repaint later.

The Plumbing

The plumbing behind the walls and inside fixtures is not likely something you have many choices for. When it comes to plumbing to connect the home’s plumbing to appliances, however, there are different options available. For areas that have flexible water lines, like the connection to bring water to the toilet or the hot and cold water for the sink, it’s likely a better option to pay a little bit more for high-quality lines. This way, there’s less of a chance that the plumbing will leak in the future.

Another thing to consider is if your bathroom is located in a low water pressure area or in a place far from the main drain line, consider replacing your old toilet with a water- efficient upflush toilet system. It has a macerator pump, which grinds waste and pumps it through a pipe directly to the sewer drain pipe.


Major renovations that include taking out and replacing a tub or shower mean a new one will need to be installed. Behind the tub or shower, or anywhere that water can possibly get to, as well as underneath the tiles, there should be a waterproof membrane. This helps protect the structure of the home in case of a leak. Even though you may not expect a leak, it’s best to use a quality waterproofing membrane just in case. Adding this now can save you thousands in rebuilding if there is a leak in the future.

While you’re starting to plan the bathroom renovation, keep these things in mind. Compromising on them could mean that you deal with water or mold damage in the future, especially if there ends up being a leak somewhere in the home. Instead, plan today so your home is protected from possible issues in the future.


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