Home Updates People End Up Regretting, Plus Expert-Approved Fixes
Homeowners love to spend time looking through decorating magazines, watching the latest renovation series, and thinking of what they would do to upgrade their home if they had the time and money.
If you have planned for a dream update and then wished it had all been a bad dream, fret not! Professionals have a few ideas for how to get it right the first time, or fix it and make your home even better than you imagined.
1. Botched Paint Job
Sometimes a hue that looks heavenly at the paint store is more like ho-hum once you get it on the walls. If you do the job yourself, be sure to make a plan before you paint. Consider the lighting—both fixtures and natural exposure. A darker color in a room with little illumination makes the space seem smaller.
2. Replacing Tile in Kitchen or Bath
Looking to update your kitchen with a tile backsplash or replace old, dingy tiles in a bath? This is a job that can go south quickly, as it is tougher than it might first appear.
“You have to do the research,” Epstein says, “You can YouTube just about anything. A homeowner should do some research and put in the time so they can see the scope of the work first.”
3. Updating Flooring
Removing aging carpet or old tile is a good way to make a big impact in your entire house. Wood-look laminate, for instance, can come together in a snap, but it takes patience and planning.
4. Updating Existing Cabinets
Scores of homeowners turn to cabinet refacing to freshen the look in their kitchen or baths. And many of them end up dissatisfied when all is said and done. The main reason for that, say the experts, is because people underestimate the labor.
5. Putting in a Pool
Having your own respite from the summer heat can sound like heaven. This upgrade is obviously not one you can do alone, but before you take the plunge, ask yourself why you want one and you might avoid regret down the line. สถาปนิก