Avoid These Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Homeowners are most eager to remodel their kitchens and bathrooms — but that doesn't mean they know how to do it properly (in fact, many of them don't). Add in the need to make special accommodations for a loved one or family member in a wheelchair, and most homeowners are downright flummoxed. Relax. It's not that hard, if you know what to look out for and what common mistakes to avoid. Here are a few things to consider.

A Small Savings Account Isn't Going To Cut It

A lot of homeowners set out to remodel their bathrooms, but they don't commit to it. If you're envisioning just a few changes with a relatively modest budget, you may not be taking everything into consideration for your remodel. Remember,most re-modeling budgets will not include funds for rewiring, wallpaper or paint, tile, piping, furniture, and fixtures..

As a homeowners, you may not have read the building codes. we advise that you read all building codes prior to remodeling, and make sure you know the building codes and specifications relevant to your handicapped loved one, too. Handicap bathrooms need accessible showers and tubs, with handle bars near the shower area and near the toilet, too.

The One Thing You Need In Every Bathroom

Well-meaning families remodeling bathrooms with handicapped relatives in mind often forget about one of the most basic and necessary items in any bathroom: the bathroom fan. Homeowners are so concerned with installing handlebars into handicapped bathrooms and the related bathroom remodeling costs that they forget a fan is absolutely mandatory — whether you are in a wheelchair or not.

Just as it is dangerous to forget accessible showers and tubs, it is also dangerous to forget fans when throwing around ideas for bathroom remodeling. Moisture in bathrooms already breaks down counters and tiles and necessitates upgrades every 20 years. Without a functional fan, this will speed up this process — and make some surfaces and floors slippery and hazardous.

Bathroom remodeling companies reveal that upgrading your bathroom can entail a significant return on investment — and a handicapped bathroom is necessary, too, if you have a loved one in a wheelchair or an elderly family member who may need help getting in and out of the bathtub or shower.