Building & Renovating

4 Bathroom Boo-Boos to Avoid

Steer clear of this mistakes and create your dream bathroom


Clutter, dirty tiles, and leaky fixtures --- avoid these mishaps and have a sophisticated loo that guests will surely love.

Styled by Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag.

Read the original article in the March 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Take note of these reminders and tips:

1. Clutter

“A countertop full of bottles, jars, and other containers of all sizes are often the sight in most, if not all, bathrooms,” says interior designer Pauline La’O, adding that towels, soaps, toothbrushes, and toothpaste – without proper storage – are also common culprits.

What to do: Assign storage and get rid of things that you no longer need. For small bathrooms, Pauline suggests maximizing vertical space by installing overhead cabinet and shelves.

2. Leaky Bathroom Fixtures

Architecture Paul Peña says stains on bathroom fittings are red flags, showing possible problems with their internal components. “That’s the thing you don’t see, but it really affects how you use the products,” the architect elaborates. “Minsan yung mga fittings, made of plastic. Yun yung madalas madaling masira, yung mga brass fittings. So you need to check the fittings if everything is working properly.”

What to do: Call a plumber as soon as possible when  you see leaking faucets, showerheads and other fixtures. 

3. Loose and Dirty Tiles

“You can see if yung mga grout, dark na, and there are things that cannot be removed anymore,” says Paul. “Ibig sabihin nawala na yung mga top coat ng mga tiles.” 

What to do: Watch out for cracks in tiles. “When the tiles are set, there are no hollow spaces inside. If the tiles get loose easily, there are problems with the tile installation. That should prompt you to change them."

4. Waterproofing Problems

“There will be a lot of leaks, especially in a condo. That’s very hard to repair, kasi everything will be affected, like the ceiling below your unit. You’ll find cracks in other parts of the condominium,” says Paul.

What to do: “You really need to water-test the toilet, if possible more than twenty-four hours, and then that’s the time when you can install the finishes,” shares Paul. Consult with your architect or contractor if you find a lot of leaks in the bathroom and in the surrounding areas.

Bonus Tip:

Think twice before adding a new bathroom or relocating one – it’s best to consult first with an architect or a licensed sanitary engineer, since adding or re- orienting plumbing lines can be costly. 

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