The Most Common Home Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

Bathroom renovations look so easy on TV – you simply imagine your dream bathroom, place some tile or paint an accent wall yourself, go shopping for glamourous finishes, and then you’re all done! Easy breezy, right? Well, not quite! There are a lot of mistakes that can happen along the way (which can end up being costly and potentially dangerous) if you don’t take the time to do everything right. Here are the top bathroom renovation mistakes you might encounter:

  1. Skipping the Planning Stage
  2. Even if you’re not doing a complete bathroom overhaul, you still need to plan everything that you’re doing down to the last detail. Without laying everything out ahead of time and giving careful consideration to the choices that you’re making, you’re bound to end up with a situation where your shower door opens into your toilet, your new vessel sink runs into your existing cabinetry, or something else–. You want to ensure maximum functionality with your bathroom remodel.

    It’s also important to budget appropriately for the work that needs to be done. While planning, you should decide what you want to do now and what can wait until later. Figure out which upgrades will be most cost-effective to do all at once time instead of needing to have trades come out more than once. Finally, leave an emergency fund to cover and surprises that you may encounter.

  3. Trying to Do It All Yourself
  4. Doing the work yourself might seem more budget-friendly, but doing the job right the first time will always be less expensive. That’s why it’s so critical to bring in professional plumbers and electricians that know what they’re doing! Instead of tackling the biggest and most difficult things yourself, hire the pros – they’ll do the job safely and likely finish more quickly than you could on your own. Plus, they’re work will be guaranteed in a way that your own sweat equity won’t be.

  5. Ignoring Water Damage
  6. Many older bathrooms have at least some amount of water damage from leaks or overflows that’s gone unresolved for some time. If you find any water damage, stop immediately and bring in a restoration expert or disaster clean up company to assess the damage and clean it up properly. Where there’s water damage there’s likely also mold. If not cleaned up properly, mold can spread quickly and make you and your family sick. More serious water damage can also cause structural damage, leaving your bathroom unsafe to use. You may end up having to dip into your emergency fund to get water damage fixed, but this is one area that you can’t afford to skip.

  7. Overspending on Finishes
  8. Bathroom finishes (cabinets, hardware, sinks, tile, etc.) can vary widely in prices. Just selecting the first thing that catches your eye is a common remodeling mistake that can result in blowing your budget. Instead of just shopping with your heart, shop your brain as well. Look for deals and less expensive alternatives to your dream finishes to save some money and keep your remodel budget on track.

  9. Not Having a Backup Bathroom
  10. A lot of times people will undertake a bathroom renovation and overlook how being short a bathroom will affect their families’ lives during the process. This is especially true when it comes to renovating a master bathroom. Sure, you may have another full bathroom where everyone can get showered and you can bathe the kids, but forcing the whole family to share is a recipe for disaster. Loud messy kids, family members that take forever getting ready in the morning, and normal bathroom smells are bound to be amplified when extra people share. Instead of driving your family crazy, rent a master bathroom trailer to keep everyone happy. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did! Our master bathroom model of luxury restroom trailer comes with separate bathroom stalls that each have sinks, toilets, and showers so that multiple people can get ready at the same time.

    Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

All About Construction Restrooms

Looking for information on construction porta potties? You’ve come to the right place! We provide portable restrooms for construction sites across Michigan, which means that we have all the information you need!

What

You have several options to choose from when it comes to construction bathrooms. The first option is a standard portable toilet unit. This no-frills unit has a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser inside.

Another option is a crane rack portable toilet, which has an arm that can be raised or lowered to allow for easy lifting mobility. These units have sturdy legs that are attached to enable secure crane lifting. Crane rack portable toilets are great for positioning on various levels of a buildings that are under construction or atop of any other elevated area.

Lastly, portable toilet roller units are on wheels to allow them to be moved in elevators or along level surfaces. Locking casters ensure that these units won’t move when you don’t want them to or while they’re in use. These are great for high-rise construction areas and come with a toilet and hand sanitizer dispenser inside as well as a urinal on the back.

If you don’t like the idea of having standalone units, you can always opt for a restroom trailer. Portable restroom trailers allow for 2-10 people to use the restroom simultaneously, which is a definite advantage on busy high-traffic construction sites. The interiors of these units are much more luxurious than their porta potty counterparts. Bathroom trailers are climate-controlled, have running water, flushing toilets, and many other amenities to satisfy employees in all weather.

Why

Having onsite restrooms improves employee morale and efficiency. A clean portable restroom located at a job site sends a message that your company cares about employee needs. It also makes for a cleaner jobsite because it provides a way to do their business and then easily get germs off hands.

How

At a minimum, you should have 1 portable toilet unit for every 10 employees working a 40-hour work week. This means that if you have employees working more than 40 hours in a week, you should get extra capacity tanks or additional units to accommodate the extra hours on the job.
You don’t want employees having to go a distance to use the restroom because it will lead to lost productivity and animosity. The ideal distance to position a portable toilet is within 75-100 feet of the work area. This distance should be measured from where employees are actually working, not where they’re parking, entering the jobsite, or eating lunch.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

The Most Dreaded Wedding Question – Who Should Pay?

There are a lot of wonderful things regarding weddings, but paying for it isn’t one of them! In fact, the cost of a wedding is often one of the most stressful parts.

Deciding who will pay for the wedding can result in big time family drama. Children often want their parents to pay for their wedding, while some parents may refuse to do so and insist that the couple pay for it themselves. In other cases, a bride and groom’s family may argue over which one will pay for the big day. So, who should shoulder the cost of for your wedding? Here are some of the most common scenarios:

Traditional

Traditionally, the bride-to-be’s father would pay for the wedding. This dated back to the early practice of a woman’s family paying a dowry to have her married off. These days many couples still assume, as a default, that the bride’s parents will pay for the entire cost of the wedding. With the cost of weddings being so high, couples with daughters often start saving for a wedding early on in their children’s lives. However, this is by no means the only acceptable scenario these days!

Modern

A more modern solution is that the couple will pay for their own wedding. Because many people are getting married later in life, couples often have more substantial savings these days by the time they get married. Many couples find that paying for their own wedding reduces stress because they can be as extravagant as they’d like without worrying that whoever is paying for the wedding will disapprove of their choices.

For the modern couple who wants to pay for their own wedding but don’t have the means to do so, crowdsourcing the funding for their wedding has become popular. Couples will set up GoFundMe pages to offset the cost of their wedding and/or honeymoon. This type of approach allows guests to contribute money to making a couple’s nuptials special instead of buying things that the couple may not want or use.

Some couples will also ask friends and family to lend or donate items for the wedding and reception to help them reduce costs. This has become a more common practice among wedding DIYers who would rather have a more sentimental and less expensive wedding.

Mix

Every wedding scenario will be different, which means that there’s not one right answer when it comes to figuring out who will pay for it. The right answer is whatever works for your specific situation. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a black and white solution to who will pay for the wedding. You can always split the cost of the wedding so that both sides of the family pay for part of it or the bride’s parents pay for some of it and the couple pays for the rest. Don’t be afraid to negotiate a custom situation to ensure that your big day is as special as it should be!

The 4 Things We Love Most About Our Job

Here at Kerkstra we’re thankful to have a job that we really love! Most people probably don’t think that there’s much to love about portable restrooms and septic tanks, but there are a lot of things we love about doing what we do. Here are out top favorite things about being a portable restroom supplier in Michigan:

  1. Meeting New People and Seeing New Things
  2. Through our luxury restrooms and porta potty business we get to be a part of some really special events. Our equipment has been at more weddings than we can count, not to mention music festivals, parades, motorcycle gatherings, community fundraisers, corporate functions, marathons, black tie events, private block parties, tailgates, and basically anything else that you can name. Each of those events requires set up beforehand and clean up afterwards, which gives us a chance to meet a lot of great people. No two events are the same either, which means that we’re constantly being surprised by new types of events and cool things that we see incorporated into the same events that we do year after year.

  3. Being A Part of Your Special Event
  4. Just like any other event vendor (caterers, photographers, transportation companies, etc.) hiring us for your event makes us a part of it. We take this very seriously because at Kerkstra we’re kind of like one big family, so when you invite our family to be a part of your special event, we’re honored. We look at each event that we do and know that we’re making it the best it can possibly be with our top of the line equipment. It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our restrooms make awesome events possible all across the state!

  5. Traveling Across Michigan
  6. Speaking of going across the state, we get to travel in and around Michigan A LOT! Our trailers go to a lot of events in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and countless small cities and towns up north along the lakeshore. Spending as much time on the road as we do gives us the opportunity to see Michigan’s beauty in all four seasons! Some of our favorite places to bring portable restrooms to are Holland, Traverse City, and Charlevoix (just to name a few).

  7. Getting Outdoors
  8. The number one reason why people need portable toilets is because they’re having an outdoor event, which means that we spend a lot of time outdoors. Okay, this might not be the absolute best part of our job in the middle of winter, but it’s great the rest of the year! Having a job that lets you travel and feel the sunshine on your face while working is something that a lot of people don’t get the privilege of doing, which makes us thankful for the opportunity.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!