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9 “rookie bathroom remodeling mistakes” to avoid

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by Jeff Patterson in DIY Bathroom Remodel
9 Rookie Mistakes

Today’s video is SUPER important and will save you hundreds of hours (and thousands or dollars) of mistakes.

I’ve compiled the 9 biggest rookie mistakes you can make with your bathroom remodel (and how to avoid them like the plague).


You’ll see the myths people believe when it comes to bathroom remodeling.

(Hint, don’t fall into these traps!)

Watch the video right here 



Now I’d like to hear from you.

What mistakes did (or didn’t) surprise you?

Or maybe you have a question about something from our video.

Leave a comment and let us know.

Jeff Patterson




  1. CAROL says:

    Love your videos and instructional pages. I’m a new homeowner of a very old house. I love remodel and fixin, but sometimes, it can get overwhelming. thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Glad to help Carol and congrats on your new home!!! That’s awesome. Totally understand the feeling of being overwhelmed when it comes to home stuff. There’s always another project to be done 🙂

  2. Myrna Bacharach says:

    Thank you for the video Jeff. I still have not completed my bathroom reno due to some of the reasons you’ve mentioned and although I’ve ordered some faucets, light fixtures, a new ceiling fan, and some Kerdi, I now do not have the money for the tiles. Too many unexpected expenses came up. Now I’m just saving money trying to achieve my goal. I have installed a new tub and built the box around it. No waterproofing or tiles yet, but I can at least use the tub and I’m very careful not to overflow the water.

    I appreciate your videos. Thank you for them. Steve is also very good at demonstrating.


    1. Glad to hear you’re saving money by DIYing it Myrna, that’s the way to go if you’re on a budget. In no time you’ll have the money for the tiles.

      One extra tip: if you’re okay with a more modern look look in Schluter metal trim.

      It’s a great way to finish the end of the tile where it meets with the drywall…way cheaper than pencil trim or bullnose.

      Don’t go super low end on the tiles as they will chip and you’ll end up spending more money to replace them 😉

  3. Boris says:

    Another great video. From day to day I can feel more and more comfortable and I know that one day I’ll finish my dream bathroom .

    1. Thanks Boris, it’s SO important to believe in yourself. This is the first step in any home improvement project. Glad you’re loving the videos 😉

  4. Christine says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Discovered your bathroom remodel videos hours before I was about to violate all nine of the rookie mistakes! Fortunately just a couple friends were going to help me so it’s nothing I cannot postpone. I had never heard of water proofing cement board. It’s ironic because the work we were going to do is to address water damage to the floor cement board, subfloor and girder.

    My two questions are:

    1. Can the waterproofing materials be bought at a local big box home improvement store or do I need to go to a specialty store or website? Basically how soon can I get the supplies?

    2. Has video 3 come out yet?

    Thanks for all your help and your expertise! I’ve learned more in the past few hours of watching your videos then I have in the past 20 years of watching DIY shows on TV.

    1. Thanks so much Christine!!! You made my day.

      You can by waterproofing materials at most home stores. RedGard is widely carried at Home Depot, personally like it.

      Schluter KERDI-BOARD is not at home stores to my knowledge although DITRA is at Home Depot. You can get KERDI-BOARD at tile stores.

      Wedi is still somewhat hard to find but becoming more widely available.

      Video #3 is out and you can watch it here

      If you have more questions always feel free to email me at [email protected]

      I’d be happy to help 😉

  5. Chris Sussman says:

    #1 fear: getting this done by June. #2 fear: having to give up at some point and a contractor coming in and saying “whoa, you messed this up, I can’t help”

    1. Two understandable fears Chris…I’ve had them as well.

      You can totally do this yourself.

      And if you have questions you can always ask us, we’re here to help. Especially if you have a question about something you’re thinking of doing but not sure it’s the right direction.

      Send me an email any time

      [email protected]

  6. Bathroom Remodel Reno says:

    Such an informative video. I have learned a lot about the myths people believe when it comes to bathroom remodeling. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Bathroom Remodel Reno says:

    Such an informative video. I have learned a lot about the myths people believe when it comes to bathroom remodeling. Thanks for sharing. Keep posted.

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