Household Horrors: A Guide to the Perils and Pitfalls of Bathroom Renovations (and How to Avoid Them)

by Greg on December 13, 2016

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There are hoards of renovation horror stories out there, and if you want to ensure that you and your bathroom aren’t added to those lists then go ahead and read our article on just what can go wrong and how you can hopefully avoid the trouble and expenses that come with them.

Be Prepared for Anything

There is no such thing as a ‘surprise free’ renovation, because there will always be something that doesn’t go to plan. In bathroom renovating, as in life, you should always have a contingency plan. Order a few extra tiles, allow a little of the budget for ‘unforeseen expenses’ and know who to call in case of an emergency. If you are in a fix, TRK Group are 24 hour plumbers based in Melbourne.


When it comes to your bathroom, waterproofing is the most important part to get right.

Just a small error or breach in the waterproof membrane can cause leaks, rot, and even structural damage in your home. These problems are not easy to pick up on until it is far too late and very, very expensive to fix. The solution is to make sure it is done properly the first time, hire someone who is qualified and ensure there are no gaps, scratches or breaches in the membrane as the tiles are installed.

Measure, Remeasure and Then Measure Again!

Once something is paid for it’s very hard to return it, alter it, or just simply change your mind. So, before you purchase anything, make sure you want it and it fits. Expensive custom items like mirrors and glass are two such items, as they will break or not work in the space if the measurements are out by just millimeters.

When planning the layout of the bathroom ensure all the doors can open and shut, and that a person can move easily around inside the space.

Pay Full Price for the Things That Matter

When you are renovating an area as important as a bathroom, functionality is key.

If you scrimp on items of importance in your bathroom they may not work as well and will need to be replaced sooner than other, better quality items. There are also more and more imported goods flooding the market so you need to ensure that these items are up to Australian regulations. Sometimes it is worth spending a little extra on fixtures to ensure that they are high quality and will last. Things that are worth forking out for include a decent fan, good lighting, pipes and tapware. A ceiling fan is essential for keeping the bathroom ventilated and free of mildew, and the better the materials for pipes and tapware, the longer they will last.


The bathroom is the one room in the house where it is essential to have proper lighting.

If it is too dark or there are too many shadows, the room will feel small and uninviting. Not to mention, it will be significantly harder to clean. If your mirror isn’t adequately lit then your face can appear distorted by shadows, so applying makeup will be a nightmare. The solution is to ensure the lights you choose will fully illuminate the space and that the mirror is lit from above.

As long as you know what you want out of your bathroom space and prepare well, there is no reason anything needs to go severely wrong. When the going gets tough just remember that the end result will be a beautiful new bathroom that meets all your needs and is easy to maintain!

Happy renovating!

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