4 Costly Bathroom Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

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When it comes to Perth bathroom renovations, my position here at Ross’s has taught me just about everything there is to know.  But the most important things I’ve learnt aren’t what to do right in a bathroom renovation. They’re what not to do wrong in a renovation.

I deal with homeowners renovating their bathrooms on a daily basis and let me tell you, I’ve seen just about everything that could go wrong, go wrong! So, if you’re also looking to renovate your bathroom this year, then this article is meant for you. Today, I’ll offer my personal perspective on what mistakes to avoid in a bathroom renovation.

Make sure to read through until the end because if you make any one of these mistakes, your renovation costs will shoot through the roof.

Moving plumbing fixtures

Moving plumbing fixtures is by far the most common and the costliest mistake in Perth bathroom renovations. If you choose to move your bathroom fixtures around, you’ll need to invest in new plumbing. This can easily take your renovation cost up by a few thousand dollars. Serviceseeking.com.au estimates bathroom plumbing costs to be $5,000 on average!

Before considering moving your plumbing fixtures around, consider if you really need to do it. Quite often, you can remodel your bathroom around your existing fixtures. The money you save can also be spent on accessorising your space or on higher-grade products.

Using stone tiles in moist areas

Another common renovation mistake that people make is using stone tiles in the wet areas of their bathroom. While stone tiles look incredibly elegant, they are naturally porous. Over time, water will seep into these pores and damage the tiles. You’ll unnecessarily need to retile your floors if you opt for stone tiles in the first place. Be sure that it will be an expensive affair because natural stone tiles are expensive to start off with.

If you’re set on using stone tiles, consider switching to stone-look tiles for the wet areas of your bathroom instead. Our stone-look tiles replicate the look of natural stone perfectly and are available in a range of styles, colours, and designs. Alternatively, porcelain tiles are the most popular choice. You’ll find a range of such tiles at our store at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

Considering beauty over functionality

One of the most common mistakes I see is from Perth bathroom renovators who put design aesthetics before functionality. Sure, if you’re spending around $20,000 on a bathroom renovation, you want it to look great. But not if that means it is at the expense of the bathroom’s functionality. If any fixture or accessory in your bathroom is not functional, you’ll soon feel the need to replace it. This will unnecessarily cost you in the future.

Here, at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we offer a complete range of bathroom products which perfectly blend style and functional. Our products are designed to align with the latest trends while also offering all the functionality you need. When you choose our products, you’ll get the best of good looks, features, and functionality.

Not staying on budget

Finally, the biggest mistake that I see people make during their Perth bathroom renovations is not staying on budget. Many people only calculate the material costs and don’t consider labour costs or costs of installation during initial calculations. This leads to a flawed calculation, and they end up spending more on materials. When the time to hire labour comes, these people find that they’ve overshot their budget tremendously.

Going over budget is one mistake you must avoid at all costs. Make sure to consider all your costs in your calculation. Check out my earlier post on ‘The cost of a bathroom renovation in 2018‘ to get a fair idea of your expected costs.

And, to save on material costs, shop for your bathroom renovation products here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We offer a complete range of high-quality bathroom products including vanities and cabinets, tapware, toilet suites, floor grates, baths and bath screens, mirrors and mirror cabinets, basins, shower bases and bathroom accessories. Our products are available at the most competitive prices, so when you shop from us, you’re sure to save.


Many Perth bathroom renovators make some costly mistakes when undertaking their renovations. These include moving plumbing fixtures around, using stone tiles in moist areas, considering beauty over functionality and not staying on budget. Make sure to avoid all of these mistakes else your renovation costs will skyrocket.

And, for all your Perth bathroom renovation needs, look no further than Ross’s Discount Home Centre.


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