Common Misconceptions When Having a Home Renovation
Renovations oftentimes scare us. Just thinking about everything that needs to be done is already enough to wear us out. Where do you even begin?
Home renovations and improvements could be fun and fulfilling if you do it right. You don’t just tear down walls only to realize a minute later that it was completely unnecessary. Before you run wild with your design, buying materials, and contacting contractors, you must learn how to avoid renovation mistakes. It is not just about what to do but also what not to do.
Put down that can of paint and let’s bust the most common myths and misconceptions about home renovation.
Everything can be DIY’d
No, not everyone can construct a built-in sofa by themselves just by watching YouTube tutorials. If you have never transformed a plastic bottle into a simple pencil holder, you might want to re-assess your DIY skills first before getting on a major project. Sure, you want to save money and you are feeling confident but you can’t just swing that sledgehammer to break down a wall and expect the best results. Be honest and don’t push yourself too hard. Back-jobs and messed up work can cost you more in the end. Know which projects you can do on your own and those that require professional help. Extending your kitchen, installing a kitchen island, opening up a room, etc. normally require contractors and concept designs. Want to spice up your space? Hang acrylic art on the walls. You can DIY it, just watch this. Once you’ve succeeded at acrylic pouring, who knows — you might even earn from your work!
Every remodel is different
You probably have this vision of remodeling every corner of the house. While that is not a bad idea, you have to know that one of the most common misconceptions on home design is that every remodel is diferent. A spiral staircase, a pool, an elaborate doorway, a home office, a sunroom, etc. are nice to have but on the flip side, they require more maintenance. For more value, go for the things that truly matter and what potential buyers or renters look for should you want to make an investment out of your property in the future. The kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are always on top of non-negotiables. Make them more functional and stylish.
Trendy is always the way to go
Design trends come and go. That’s why they are called trends, to begin with. Maybe you picked up a nice idea from a TV show or from that magazine you saw at a store. But unless they match your personal style preferences, don’t ride the trend. Research and plan long-term. Decide on what you really want your space to look and feel like. Try visiting showrooms, go online and browse through catalogs. This is not to say that neutrals are the way to go. Timeless is more like it.
Materials are always in stock
Some items have batch or lot numbers. Sometimes you have to wait for weeks before the home depot stocks up on new supplies. Waiting does not only eat up time but also resources. This is why it is important to plan. Before you begin work on a project, identify what materials you’ll need, how many and how much. You could be building a cabinet and then figure out too late that you are missing a panel.
There’s not much you can do with small spaces
Since when did floor size become a problem? Your imagination and creativity are not measured in square meters. At a time when vertical developments are preferred by many, you have to realize that “small” spaces can mean “big” possibilities. There are a lot of advantages to it too and you will be surprised at the magic you can do with a limited budget. You just have to have a clear vision of how you want your place to look like, regardless of its size. Learn how to maximize space. Think vertical and use your walls and ceilings. Choosing the right home furniture is crucial in maximizing spaces and again, don’t just go for trendy.
Going green is expensive
Sure, there are green products and home technology that cost more. But when it comes to home renovation, you can go green without having to buy these things. Opening up a wall to invite natural air and light to come through and using wood and other natural elements in your design could be all it takes. You may also opt to use glass as separator between the living room and bedroom so that the whole place looks seamless.
Cosmetic upgrades are costly
You don’t have to buy a $2,000 plush sofa for a living room fit for a Kardashian. Nice things do not have to break the bank. When you are working with a small budget, small cosmetic upgrades can make a big difference. You can update your wall color and lighting fixtures, upholster your furniture, upgrade the kitchen counter, put a nice mirror in the bathroom, and place a rug or carpet on the floor. They should not cost much, but a noticeable impact is guaranteed.
Renovation in a jiffy
TV shows about home improvements got it all wrong. No, you can’t possibly build a new home from the ground up in just two weeks. If you are planning to renovate, have a realistic timeline that is aligned with your budget, workforce and difficulty of the task. Don’t rush things only to go back to the drawing table again.
Home renovations are very personal. Put a lot of thought into your style, design preferences and priorities. Make a plan and learn how to avoid renovation mistakes so that you don’t end up spending more and going back to zero.