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Home Improvement: 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating

Renovating your own home is one of the most fulfilling activities any homeowner might come across. After all, what’s to lose when you get to design home additions yourself?

Well, as great as the idea might be, people not amply prepared for the task at hand may find themselves frustrated. It’s a challenging task after all, one that will need you to pay attention to every detail involved. 

With that said though, don’t let the amount of work scare you. With the right preparation, you are assured a smooth renovation, all it needs is proper preparation and knowing what to avoid.

With that said, we’ve compiled four of the most common mistakes we see people make. Take note of these and know that as long as you do your homework, your home renovation should be as easy as it can be.

1st Mistake – Letting Ideas Control the Process

Oftentimes, when we plan home improvement projects, a problem we run into is letting our ideas control the process. By this, we mean those moments when we hyper-focus on interesting or novel ideas. The thing is, while the idea may be good on paper it’s not tailor made to the space we have available for our purposes. 

For example, you decide to add one of those popular secret rooms. It’s not a bad idea in itself, but consider the fact that you’re going to have to plan this around the house that’s already built. It’s not as simple as cutting a whole in your wall and digging down. There will be hurdles, such as concrete foundations, insufficient space, or a limited budget. 

2nd Mistake – Building Outside Regulations

Another common mistake is building a home add on without knowing local regulations. Remember, each area will have its own set of rules. You can’t simply erect a new building. You have to get permits and make sure that you’re following the rules.

The point here is that you shouldn’t let the “ideal” plan dictate your actions. Take some time to read up on your localities’ rules and regulations. At least this way you can avoid being blinded by your plans and running afoul of the local government. 

3rd Mistake – Not Dreaming Big Enough

We know the first two points are focused on following the rules and being realistic. The thing is, you can do both of those while still satisfying the dreamer in you.

The key here is to get creative. Too often we see people playing safe with their home improvement plans. That’s not technically wrong, but it limits the potential of the home addition you’re working on. Think about it, you’ll be working hard at it anyway, you might as well make it worth your time, right?

It’s all about balance. It might take some time to plan around all the rules and restrictions but a little creativity can help you around those. 


We hope this information proves to be useful when it comes to helping you avoid costly mistakes that could potentially derail your home addition. Be sure to keep the things we’ve listed here in mind when approaching home additions, renovations, and other home improvement projects as circumventing these mistakes will surely make everything run more smoothly.

We at D.F. Hughes are building contractors based in Birmingham, AL. We’ve been serving clients since 1995. We offer home renovations, kitchen and bath remodels, and room additions based on your budget and your needs. Don’t settle for subpar renovating services. Work with D.F. Hughes and let our home remodeling experts transform your house into your dream home. Contact us today to get started.

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