There are many ways that home renovations might just not work out as well as intended. If you measured slightly off, used the wrong kind of paint, or overshot the decking just a little bit, the end result can be… less than ideal. But never fear, this article can save you from any home renovation nightmares. No matter what the case, here are some renovation fails and how to avoid them.
“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” - Robert Frost
Being Slightly Off in Measurement
They say “measure twice, cut once,” for a reason. This will prevent most cases of home repair gone wrong. That being said, it is also the most common error to occur during renovations. Failing to be accurate in measurements can lead to some embarrassing mistakes. Other things to keep in mind include:
- Wood expansion/contraction
- Metric to imperial
- The swing area of a door
- Space issues
- Counter space
- Material amount
Appearance Over Functionality
Another large issue with renovations is preferring style over substance. This is actually detrimental to your home, regardless of how good it looks. You’re really going to want to invest in a renovation that will stand the test of time. You can get the most out of your house and projects by having regular maintenance done and purchasing high quality materials. Moreover, this will stop your home from having any comically hilarious home improvement fails later on.
Designs that Don’t Work
In the home improvement world, just like any other industry, there are flash in the pan fads that go out of style quickly. Over time this can lead to some funny home improvement fails. That’s why it’s best to see which interior fashion and architectural designs carry the most staying power. Going with a fad might be detrimental to your home’s structural integrity. Here are some examples of what not to do:
- Shag carpet
- Wood paneling
- Zebra stripe
- Leopard print
- Cheap materials
- Ignoring lighting
- Wrong paint type
- Narrow bathrooms, hallways, or doors
Painting the Right Way
Making sure that you have the correct paint and color is also important. You wouldn’t want to use exterior paint for an interior or vice versa. ALso most homes in your area use a particular type of paint, especially in humid climates or homes near a body of water.Otherwise, misuse of paint can cause some home design fails that might make you laugh.
The Right Contractors
Obviously not everything can be a DIY job. You’re going to want to get people who know what they’re doing. And perhaps more importantly, contractors who will finish the job. Finding the right team for the job is important so you don’t have to suffer from 20 design fails. So be sure to research the companies you call firsthand.
Using Incorrect Materials
There are also a few things to watch for when purchasing materials for a renovation. For example, buying the stuff to early, purchasing for cheap, or simply allowing the contractor to take over all purchasing expenses are all ill advised. You’ll want to make sure you purchase quality items at a reasonable amount, just in time for the project to be completed.
Avoid “Mickey Mousing” It
The one thing that most people are guilty of, homeowner or not. Whenever someone uses one of the following terms like “jerry rigging,” “jury rigging,” or “jimmy rigging,” it applies to the act of temporarily fixing a problem with literally whatever is at hand. The outcomes are hilarious, of course. But also the act can severely damage the structural integrity of the building or fixture. It’s best to avoid potential home repair gone wrong.
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