5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Bathroom Renovation

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Bathroom Renovation

Renovating a bathroom is a big deal. A bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in a house. It is where people start their day to get ready for work, or it is where they unwind for the night, soaking in a bath. Since it is so detrimental to everyday habits, here are some bathroom renovation tips to follow, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

Ensure Water-Resistant Bathroom in Reno

When choosing materials, from paint to flooring to cabinets, you need to ensure that what you choose is curated specifically for bathrooms and is water resistant. Even with the fan on, when showering or bathing, a lot of moisture builds up and sits on these surfaces.

With non-water-resistant materials, you can experience mildew build-up, mold, swelling, peeling, etc. In short, your materials will wear out and become unusable. With water-resistant appliances, no matter the amount of humidity, they will stay intact and beautiful.

Poor Ventilation to Prevent Moisture Issues

Speaking of moisture build-up… This is why plenty of ventilation is necessary and why all bathrooms are required to have a vent. Without proper ventilation, your bathroom appliances will become damaged more quickly over time.

Ventilation should be installed on an outside wall, like a ceiling. With technology advancements, you can get different types of vents too, with some having a sleeker look and being quieter.

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Choose Durable and High-Quality Materials

On top of choosing water-resistant materials, you want items that are of the highest quality and are built to last. For example, some people opt for marble tiles in a bathroom. Yes, they offer a fresh and modern look, but they require more maintenance; if the water sits too long on them, a stain will form.

You must also choose a durable countertop material, like porcelain or ceramic. Another idea to think about is making surfaces non-slip.

Optimize Your Bathroom Lighting

When you use a bathroom, you want to feel relaxed, as this is where you pamper yourself, so it is no wonder why people despise dingy and dark bathrooms. This setting makes you never want to go into the room.

So, with a washroom renovation, add more lighting if necessary. Some bathrooms don’t have windows. In this case, extra lighting is a must. While a fixture over your sink may do, look for other focal points, or add lighting in the shower.

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Avoid the Pitfalls of DIYs

A DIY bathroom reno can go downhill quickly. Make sure you take proper measurements so that you do not get too much of one material. Also, map out your bathroom with measurements, almost like a blueprint, so that you will know exactly how the shower or toilet will fit. There is nothing worse than installing a gorgeous new shower only for it to take up more space than planned.


We have outlined five common mistakes to avoid during a bathroom reno. If this makes you feel uneasy and you need expert support, call the iBathrooms team at 613-725-7409. Let’s get your bathroom looking beautiful long-term.

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