Renovating your home can mean a slight disruption in your life. Certain parts of your house may be off limits while contractors work to create a beautiful home for you and your family.

 

 

The last thing you need during a home renovation is the hiccups that come with such a major undertaking. Use the renovation mishaps below to learn a lesson without having to suffer the negative experience.

 

 

  1. Designing Too Small a Bathroom      

 

Your renovation may only be able to accommodate a small new bathroom (say, in a basement-turned Rec room, for example), but you can pick the right fixtures to make the most of the space. Be careful not to select full-size fixtures – including toilets and sinks — because it will make the room look crowded and dysfunctional.

 

 

  1. Ignoring Lighting

 

If you ignore the lighting part of a renovation, you could end up with a completely different look and mood than what you were going for. Consider all types of lighting including general lighting (such as ceiling fixtures), task lighting (such as a table lamp), and accent lighting (such as spotlight lighting on the ceiling). Have a plan for mixing these elements to create the perfect ambiance in your home.

 

 

  1. Too Trendy

 

Dreaming of an ultra-trendy kitchen might seem like a good idea, but in reality, it is usually best to tone it down a bit. Trendy means short-term, and you want to love your kitchen for years to come. Consider adding trendy accent pieces – like vases or sculptural objects – and keep the permanent aspects of your home more lasting.

 

 

  1. Failing to Prepare for Disruption

 

No matter how much you prepare for a home renovation, there will still be variables beyond your control. Certain phases of the project might take longer than expected, or materials may not arrive on time. Mentally preparing yourself for bumps in the road can make for a happier renovation!