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How to avoid the most common mistakes when renovating a bathroom ….

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Bathroom renovation projects can be exciting and rewarding, but they can also be a significant source of stress and frustration. They can be fraught with pitfalls. If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, you want it to be beautiful and functional.

However, if your plan for your bathroom renovation focuses on looks and overlooks the function, then that’s a big problem. As builders, our job is not to focus on the decorating (we’ll leave that for you) but to help you think about the layout and spacing. If you want us to break down walls and move plumbing fixtures, you’ll want to be sure the new layout satisfies building codes. You’ll also want to be certain that the placement of fixtures and furnishings allows for comfortable everyday use. That’s where our expertise is so vital.

As bathroom renovation specialists with a proven track record of delivering outstanding results to Auckland homeowners, we can help understand the most common mistakes people make when doing bathroom renovations and how to avoid them. So, call Dan Hendy direct on 021 550 142.

The most common mistakes people make when renovating their bathroom and how to avoid them.

1. Inadequate Planning

One of the most common mistakes people make when renovating a bathroom is failing to plan adequately. The goal of a renovation is to upgrade the space so it can be more practical, can be a healthier space and look great. But this shouldn’t mean fitting all the fixtures in the bathroom. Improper spacing can make the bathroom feel cramped.

Inadequate planning can also result in costly mistakes and mid-project changes that can add time and money to the renovation.

A good builder, like the team from DBS Residential, will help you create a comprehensive plan for your bathroom renovation that includes a clear budget, a detailed design, and a timeline for completion.

We will work with you to understand your vision for the space and recommend solutions that fit your budget and preferences. We can also advise on the best materials, fixtures, and fittings for your project, considering durability, functionality, and style.

2. Choosing the Wrong Materials

Another common mistake people make when renovating a bathroom is choosing the wrong materials. Some materials may simply not be suitable for a bathroom environment due to their inability to withstand moisture and water exposure. For example, using wallpaper in a bathroom can lead to mould and mildew growth, and using a non-water-resistant tile adhesive can cause tiles to come loose.

To avoid this mistake, our team will help you choose materials specifically designed for bathroom use.

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 3. Poor Ventilation

People often forget about the bathroom’s less glamorous needs, like how fresh air will enter the room. Proper ventilation is essential for a bathroom renovation but is often overlooked. A lack of proper ventilation can lead to moisture build-up, mould and mildew, as well as unpleasant odours. Dan and the team will ensure that your bathroom does have adequate ventilation. We will identify the best location for your bathroom exhaust fan and ensure that it is the appropriate size. We can also advise on other ventilation solutions, such as windows and skylights.

4. Badly placed fittings

When planning a bathroom, the positioning of wall fittings needs to be considered early. Towel bars, shelves and accessories need to be attached to the framing not gib. Otherwise, they will get pulled out of the wall after the first tug of the towel or fall to the ground after the first bottle of shampoo. Mirrors need to be at the homeowners’ height, not just be randomly hung. We’ll ensure your fittings are sensibly and firmly placed where they should be.

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5. Lack of storage solutions

A great bathroom needs to be gorgeous, functional and safe. A well-designed bathroom should have sufficient storage for many lotions, potions and medicines for all the family. Sadly though, sometimes storage and shelving are overlooked in favour of trendy design choices, such as a mirror above the sink instead of a practical cabinet that keeps bathroom clutter hidden and out of reach of little people.

Bathrooms have to be liveable, with space for toilet paper, make-up, cleaning products, towels, and even dirty laundry. We can help you consider clever storage solutions by possibly incorporating modular units or even using furniture that can double as storage.

Don’t make the same mistakes a lot of other people do when renovating their bathroom. Simply work with a trusted, reliable Auckland bathroom renovation company. Call 021 550 142.

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I contracted Dan and his team for a bathroom renovation. Right from the first phone call the entire team bent over backwards to be flexible and work with my changing timelines. They were knowledgeable, helpful and I was really happy with the end result in my bathroom. They communicated with me throughout the project, and everything went as planned.

I would use DBS Residential for any future projects I have.

Jen Agnew


 For Auckland bathroom renovations call 021 550 142. Talk to Dan Hendy about an obligation-free consult today.