The Most Common Mistakes People Make With A Bathtub Remodel

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Learn about the frequent pitfalls in bathtub remodeling and how to avoid them, with practical advice from EZ Bath.

The bathroom is a sacred space. It's where we go to relax, unwind from the stresses of life, and take care of our personal hygiene. That's why it's so important to have a bathtub that not only looks great but also functions as well as possible.

A bathtub remodel can be expensive and time-consuming, so you want to make sure that you're going into the process with your eyes wide open and taking all necessary precautions. Read on for some common mistakes people make when they are renovating their tubs!

The Cost Of Remodeling A Bathtub

You need to make sure that the tub that you have chosen fits into your bathroom plan. Many people attempt to have a bathroom that is quite luxurious, but then they try to add on the cheapest tub model possible.
This usually ends up looking tacky and out of place in your otherwise nice space.

Not Buying the Right Size

Another mistake people make with bathtub remodeling projects is they do not take into consideration who will be using this room most frequently.

If you are going to have a bathtub in your bathroom. For example, if you have to share the tub with a partner then you should make sure that it is large enough for the two of you.

Underestimating Space

You also need to take into consideration how much space will actually be available once all of the other fixtures and fittings have been put into the bathroom.

If you do not properly take these things into consideration, then it can be very easy to end up with a bathtub that is too small and does not meet all of your needs.

Ignoring Functionality

Another mistake people make when they are trying to choose their new bathtub design is they simply go for whatever looks nice rather than choosing something that is going to be functional and comfortable.

This usually ends up with people having a bathtub design that they are less than pleased with, but this does not have to happen if you make the right choices when designing your bathroom.

Forgetting Maintenance Costs

You also need to keep in mind how much maintenance will actually go into keeping your new tub looking as good as new.

Some of the bathtub designs are made out of materials that can be difficult to keep clean. This is something you need to consider when redesigning your bathroom space.

Getting the Wrong Look

Another common mistake people make with their tub design is they try to go for a more modern look rather than going with what actually looks best in their bathroom space.

There is a reason that the traditional bathtub design has been around for so long, and it is because it works very well in most bathrooms. You do not want to be adding unnecessary clutter to your bathroom just because you are trying to go with something modern rather than sticking with what looks best no matter how old-fashioned or classic this look may be.

Overwhelming the Room

You also need to make sure that you are designing your tub so it is going to fit comfortably into the room and not end up being too overwhelming or taking away from the space.

You should always try to design a bathroom where everything compliments each other, but sometimes people go overboard with their design choices and this does nothing good for the over.

Bear in mind that if you choose a tub design that does not actually fit into the space available. This will just end up with you having to either redesign your bathroom or try and work around this problem.

This means it is better if you do not even go down this road in the first place by making sure there is enough room for whatever kind of bathtub design option you are thinking of going with.

Ignoring a Cohesive Design

Another mistake people make with bathtub design is they choose a style that does not fit well into the room or fits poorly in comparison to all of the other fixtures and fittings within this space.

For example, if you have decided on an old-fashioned tub then it might be a good idea for you to consider other design choices that are going to work well with this look such as old-fashioned bathroom cabinets or maybe even an old-fashioned mirror.

Ignoring All the Options Available

Another common mistake people make when they are designing their bathrooms is they simply choose the first type of bathtub material that comes into mind and completely neglect all other options.

For example, if you have been fixated on getting a fiberglass bathtub then you might want to consider other options before making your final decision. Be open-minded when making choices. This is the only way to ensure that you have not failed to consider an option that might have been just right for your bathroom.

Not Thinking about Durability

Another common mistake people make when they are designing their bathroom is that they choose a material for the tub that will not hold up well over time and will probably need repair or replacement within just a few years of having this fixture put in place.

Always think about the longevity of the tub you will be using. Just because something looks pretty doesn’t mean that it is a good choice, especially if you are on a tight budget now and finances are likely to be tight in the future.

Neglecting Cleaning Needs

When you are doing remodeling projects make sure you take into consideration how much water will actually end up on the floor when you are trying to clean the tub.

You need to make sure that you have a plan in place for how this is going to be done. It might help if you install some kind of drainage system underneath your new bathtub design. This will ensure that water will not end up on the floor when this fixture needs maintenance or cleaning.

Choosing the Wrong Surround

When you're choosing a surround for your bathtub, it's important to figure out the shape you're going to need. What shape is your existing bathtub? You want to choose a surround that will match or enhance the existing bathtub and not clash with it.

Ask yourself, “What type of materials do you want your surround made from?”

Talk to a professional about what materials would be best for your bathtub. They can also give you advice on how much the materials will cost and how long it will take for them to order and install the new surround.
Think about the type of bathtub surround are you looking for?

There are many different types of bathtub surrounds. There are tile, cultured marble, acrylic, and fiberglass. The material you choose will affect the cost of your new bathtub surround.

If you have chosen a glass surround then you need to make sure that there is a window nearby or at least enough windows in the room so this will not cause any problems when it comes time for having a show

If the surround is making the bathtub too dark then you are going to need to have a light on in the bathroom all the time and this can be a bit inconvenient sometimes and lead to excessive use of energy which can impact your energy costs. It’s important that you think about these things when refurbishing your tub.

Ignoring the Basics

If you use your bathtub as a mini-sauna and sit in the water for hours. It can be very relaxing and therapeutic for me. However, you will probably notice with time it can become a stain and you may even see mold developing.

If you notice this happening take out all the old grout and replace it with new grout Scrubbed down the walls of the bathtub until they were sparkling white. Remove old caulking and replace it with new caulking.

These simple changes can often revive bathtubs that may have seemed to be in need of replacement. The bottom line is always to think of simpler solutions before trying extreme ones.

Choose Wisely

There is a lot to consider when you decide to renovate your bathtub. Renovating your bathtub can be one of the best things you can do to make your bathroom more comfortable. However, if you don't take the time to make the right choices you could end up making changes that you are not completely satisfied with.

To prevent this from happening the best thing you can do is to take a close look at the common pitfalls that have been discussed here. Once you do this and take the time to think about what you really want and the amount of space you are working with, you are likely to make better decisions about the way you would like to remodel your bathtub.

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Written by
Mitchell Clay

Proud father and husband. A big comic book nerd and sweets are my kryptonite. I fell in love with the remodeling industry in 2008 and it's held a tight grip on me ever since.

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