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17 costly errors to swerve when renovating your home

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You've done it! You've made the decision to totally renovate a house but, before you start, make sure you read our list of things to avoid or you might not enjoy the process as much as possible.

We've looked at various home renovation projects and the pitfalls they can present and, coupled with advice from professional builders, put together this comprehensive list of errors you need to sidestep.

You might think that a landscaped garden is the best place to start but you'll soon see why you might be making the wrong choices!

1. Overspending

It sounds simple but once a renovation starts it can be hard to say no to more pricey materials. Set a budget and stick to it firmly!

2. Adding oversized rooms

A large extension might seem luxurious but will it truly fit with the rest of your home? If not, you need to pop that plan on hold, indefinitely.

3. Cluttering up hallways

You want to add your touch to a home, we understand that, but keep hallways and landings clear or your space will look way too busy and hard to navigate

4. Adding a bathroom at the expense of a bedroom

​Brixham House Modern bathroom by Tye Architects Modern
Tye Architects

​Brixham House

Tye Architects

This is a huge no! We understand that a second bathroom might be really handy but trust us, extra bedrooms are worth their weight in gold.

5. Avoiding multifunctional design

Study & Office Modern study/office by homify Modern

Study & Office


You need an office now but who's to say that won't change in the future? Try to decorate your rooms with potential evolution in mind.

6. Breezing over planning permission

Planning and building regulations are in place for a reason. If you ignore them, you might face having to tear down something you've just built. It's not worth the risk!

7. Starting with the garden

Modern Garden with a rustic twist Modern garden by Yorkshire Gardens Modern
Yorkshire Gardens

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

Of course you want a pretty garden but, in the grander scheme of things, can't it wait? What if you need tradesmen to come to work in the house at some point? They will trample everything!

8. Having unrealistic expectations

You can't turn a terraced house into a barn conversion so keep everything doable and manageable.

9. Not checking the electrics

Open plan living room Modern living room by D-Max Photography Modern
D-Max Photography

Open plan living room

D-Max Photography

One of your first ports of call should be having a professional electrician come in to check all the wiring in your home. You don't want to finish the renovation and then have it catch fire, do you?

10. Starting with the wrong house

Whatever you do, don't just buy the first thing you can afford. Shop around and try to find something that really suits you perfectly. Somewhere you could imagine living in forever.

11. Being unwilling to consider bespoke work

Timber Clad Exterior by Facit Homes Modern
Facit Homes

Timber Clad Exterior

Facit Homes

If you have an unusually shaped or proportioned home, you might need to take the custom route for things such as your kitchen. It might be expensive but you want it to be right, don't you?

12. Not thinking about plugs

Wickham House Modern kitchen by C7 architects Modern
C7 architects

Wickham House

C7 architects

So, not many people lie awake at night thinking about sockets but you need to make sure you include enough and in the right places. Especially in a kitchen!

13. Assuming your schedule is unchangeable

Fulham House by Peek Architecture. Modern kitchen by Alex Maguire Photography Modern
Alex Maguire Photography

Fulham House by Peek Architecture.

Alex Maguire Photography

Anything with a human element runs the risk of being knocked off schedule so always include a contingency in your time frame to avoid disappointment.

14. Staying at the house

Sundown, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall Modern style bedroom by The Bazeley Partnership Modern
The Bazeley Partnership

Sundown, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

If you have the means to stay elsewhere during the renovation works you really should. It will be far less stressful and you'll be able to switch off now and then.

15. Accepting the lowest quote

Master Bedroom Modern style bedroom by TG Studio Modern
TG Studio

Master Bedroom

TG Studio

Cheaper isn't always better, so look around for the perfect contractor.

16. Overlooking lighting

Meltzer Ames Loft Modern living room by Specht Architects Modern
Specht Architects

Meltzer Ames Loft

Specht Architects

Don't underestimate the importance of tailored lighting in your home. Gone are the days when a main light was enough and now we have so many options to choose from!

17. Forgetting to have fun

Feminine Touch Modern living room by Pixers Modern

Feminine Touch


Of course renovating a home is a stressful endeavour but you need to try and enjoy the process. This is your dream home, after all!

For more renovation inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: The Horror House Renovation.

Have you renovated your home? Was it a success?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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