Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
A home remodel is one of the biggest renovation projects you can take on! There are a lot of moving parts, and planning your project well is essential to preventing mistakes with your finished project.
Here are some avoidable mistakes to take note of as you plan your next remodel:
Incorrect Space Planning
Space planning (reconfiguring the layout of your finished space) is an integral part of a home remodel. Homeowners often think space planning is a simple, easy process — after all, you know how you want the space to look, right?
While you may have the aesthetic vision for your project, there are other considerations to think about.
Planning for Furniture and Appliances
Have you ever moved into a new home and think, “How am I supposed to fit my sofa in here? Where is my pool table going to go”?
At FBC, we help plan your space with existing and future furniture and appliances in mind. After reviewing your project in-depth, your designer takes the time to visualize the completed, lived-in space.
How much space/seating do want in your family room? How could we work your game table into the layout? Questions like these play a factor in how you construct walls, where rooms go, and more.
Plan for How the Space Will Function in The Future
Many of our clients invest in their space because it’s their forever home. If that’s the case with your home, you must consider how your remodel can continue to benefit you for years to come. Will the fit and function of your current design still work when your young children become teenagers? Will you need “aging-in-place” accessibility modifications for family members as time passes?
Avoid focusing your remodel on a temporary phase in life and, instead, create a flexible space that will grow alongside you and your family.
Spending Too Much in One Place
It’s easy to reach for the highest-end finishes, fixtures, and appliances for your dream space. However, if it compromises your budget for your architectural layout, space planning, and overall remodel quality, we recommend you reconsider how you’re budgeting for your finishes.
It’s important to have consistency in quality across all aspects of your remodel. Working with an expert designer will help you find that balance of high-quality and affordability!
Pro tip: When attending design consults to find your remodel partner, be up-front about your budget! That way, your designer can craft a design that fits both your style preferences and your budget.
Comparing Proposals on Price Alone
Comparing companies and proposals on price alone can keep you from seeing the full scope of what matters in your remodel. Your project is so much more than just the dollars you’re putting into it. In addition to price, you should be considering if that company has the experience, a forward-thinking approach, the proper preparation in place, and a truly thought-through design. Ask your remodeling partner what you’re getting with your cost beyond the materials and labor of the project itself.
We also caution you from hiring anyone other than a tried and true professional for your project. Codes change all of the time, and you can end up having a space that’s not up to code.
Prioritizing Your “Wants” Over “Needs”
Sometimes, homeowners can get caught up in the “ideal lifestyle” they envision for themselves and their families. While a remodel should enhance your life and day-to-day routine, it’s important to stay realistic and design your project around your current lifestyle and how you can realistically use the space every day.
If you plan on transforming your basement into a bar and entertainment area, think about how often you’ll be having friends and family over for gatherings. If you want a theater room, consider how often you already watch TV and movies with the family.
It’s also important to know your priorities from the very beginning. Don’t waste your budget on unnecessary architectural elements. Figure out what your “must-haves” and “nice to have’s” are, and make sure your project fits in every “must-have” before moving on to that second list.
Remodeling is an opportunity to customize your home to fit your lifestyle — don’t let a single square foot go to waste!
Creating a Design That Doesn’t Match the Home
Let’s say you’re remodeling a kitchen that feels outdated. You’re most likely working with bathrooms, flooring, and finishes throughout the rest of the home that’re the same age.
If you’re only remodeling part of the home, it’s important that your upgraded space still flows well with the rest of the home. If you’re using a completely different design style and color scheme in your kitchen, it could end up looking disconnected from everything else. Consider a full first-floor remodel when exploring a massive overhaul in style.
Avoid These Remodeling Mistakes by Working With an Interior Designer
You’re not alone in your remodeling journey! Renovating your home can seem overwhelming, but with a help of an expert architectural designer, you can avoid many of these common remodeling mistakes. That’s because your designer will ask questions around:
- How your space currently functions
- The day-to-day within your home
- How the space brings you joy
- How this remodel will flow with the rest of your home
- How you see yourself using the new space in your day-to-day
Questions like these will help you prioritize and plan for a space that you’ll love for years to come.
Design and Build with FBC Remodel
FBC Remodel has a tried and true remodel process that supports homeowners in every step on their remodel. From planning to design and construction, our team is there to ensure your space that enhances your life, brings you joy, and is loved for years to come.
We’d love to hear all about your home remodeling project. Get in touch with FBC Remodel today to book a design consultation.