Renovating your bathroom can add style to your home, function to your life and value to your property. New fixtures, mosaic tiles, waterproofing—no matter what you need done, it’s best to enlist the support of qualified tradespeople who know how to maximise efficiency and complete the job properly.

It can be difficult to determine the right way to begin and how to ensure cost-effectiveness across the duration of the project. There are so many factors to consider—brands, materials and the endless potential of design. If you are planning to renovate your bathroom in Newcastle, you should first look at the 5 most common mistakes people tend to make:

Not Spending the Right Amount

Whether you spend too much or too little, budgeting your Newcastle bathroom renovation is very important if you want to get the most out of your project. Without a proper plan of attack, it’s very easy to overspend and find yourself in the red.

Similarly, underspending can result in low quality installations, shoddy fixtures and half-finished jobs that leave your bathroom worse than you found it. Make sure every step of the process is well planned in advance and do plenty of research on products to get the most bang for your buck!


If you have never waterproofed a room before, it’s best to leave the job to the professionals. Tradesmen spend years perfecting this skill and for good reason. The consequences of bad waterproofing are expensive, far reaching and hard to correct.

In fact, waterproofing is the one area of your budget you should invest the most money – because a bathroom should be functional at the very least. If it’s a choice between style and function, it’s not a choice at all. That doesn’t mean design and style go out the window, of course!

Badly Planned Storage

A cluttered bathroom is no fun for anyone. If you’re going to the trouble of renovating your bathroom, then storage should be a main focus. Carefully planning your storage solutions will help your bathroom function seamlessly, without having to constantly clean and de-clutter.

If you have a growing family, be sure to include this in your storage plans. By looking further ahead, you can limit the need for further renovations in future. Shelves, drawers, cupboards, vanities—find the right storage to suit your needs and design accordingly.

Buying Everything New

This falls under the ‘overspending’ category but deserves its own place on the list. Many DIY renovators get carried away and tear out all their fixtures to start again from scratch. This can be very expensive – not only because you will have to buy replacements, but also because of the time it can take.

On top of this, many of your existing fixtures may not need replacing. Sometimes a single coat of paint can go a long way. When you properly plan your Newcastle bathroom renovation from beginning to end, you will get a better understanding of what you can afford to replace and what will require some creative flare to cover up. Call Designer Built Bathrooms in Newcastle on 0403 694 771 today!

For more great advice on bathroom renovations, read our previous blog on Tips to Consider When Renovating Your Bathroom.

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