Building one’s own house is probably one of the most fascinating yet challenging experiences someone can have in their lifetime. From design to inspection to adding your personal touches, there is no doubt that the entire process is extremely hard and time-consuming. Consequently, it is inevitable for almost everyone to make mistakes, especially if they are someone who does not have any previous connections with the industry or is unable to get proper guidance.

Although many mistakes that occur while building a house may seem irreversible, it is possible to rectify some of them through proper renovation. Remember, getting a home insurance to cover for all these costs is also crucial. Here are a few things you should know before getting into a home renovation project that can help you ameliorate your living experience.


it has been observed that most people who build a house of their own for the first time do not pay much attention to lighting while designing their dream project, only to regret it later. However, it is fortunate that the problems related to insufficient and ineffective lighting are easy. By installing high-power lights in the areas of the house that is used the most, such as the drawing room, the kitchen, and the bedroom, during renovation, one can easily increase the functionality of their home.

Apart from the installation of proper lights, the placement of switches is just as important. Installing the light switches close to the entrance of every room and installing a double pole light switch in your bedroom are some easy ways by which you can make your lifestyle more functional.

Not leaving enough room for storage

There is no drawback to having more than enough storage in one’s house. However, it seems that storage is something that people forget to keep in mind while designing their dream projects. Fortunately, increasing storage facilities is not a difficult task. If you find that your in-built cabinets do not provide enough space for you to store everything you want, you can just go ahead and install good-quality shelves and get yourselves some decorative desks with built-in drawers.

A Hempstead bed is also a good option for individuals who want to use the space below their bed as a storage unit. One can also invest in multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans and media centers which are ideal for holding gaming accessories, remotes, books, and magazines.


A kitchen is probably one of the most used areas of any house since it acts as a center of socialization for families that have their meals together and bond over cooking. Ideally, it is recommended that the kitchen should open into the dining hall/living room with a simple island separating the two in order to create a more spacious surrounding ideal for socialization. However, in case your kitchen is not as spacious, you can go ahead and mark off a section of your living room and use it as the dining hall, thereby avoiding congestion.

Since kitchen islands are easily modifiable, one can redesign them to additionally function as a table with in-build compartments for storage. Moreover, since the kitchen requires a lot of storage, one can go for the installation of new high-cabinets, foldable storage units, and cupboards with transparent casing in order to increase both the functionality as well as the aesthetic value of the kitchen.


Another area of the house that generally does not receive much attention during the design process is the bathroom. No matter how many bathrooms one has in their home, their positioning is what matters the most. However, since one can’t change the bathroom position once the house is built without undergoing a large-scale renovation, it is crucial to increase its functionality to suit your needs.

Ideally, adjustable hand-held showers are preferred over overhead ones since the former comes with customizable water pressure and scores of other benefits. Even if your bathroom space is small, it can easily be made functional by adding more cabinets and by installing good-quality shower curtains so as to give your bathing space a hint of added privacy.


Houses require proper ventilation to keep the air fresh and prevent the surroundings from feeling congested. Fortunately for individuals who fail to keep ventilation in mind while designing their dream house, windows are not hard to install. However, if an individual is against the idea of installing new windows, they can simply go for installing floor and attic vents. In addition, adding an exhaust fan to ceiling vents can also prove to be a very cost-effective way of increasing air circulation in your house.


Lastly, every house should have a proper drainage system in order to remove excess water and prevent its accumulation. In case your home lacks adequate drainage facilities, the installation of underground drainage pipes is not very difficult. If you have landscaping next to your home, it can become a collection pool for standing water. However, this problem can be easily solved by adding an extension to your downspout. An easy way to prevent the constant clogging of drainage pipes is by installing good-quality gutter guards that can prevent debris and other larger particles from flowing into the drainage pipes.

To sum up

The aforementioned features can help you rule out the chances of making those classic textbook home renovation mistakes. Remember, home renovation is an expensive affair, so why not consider the vital factors before shedding out such exorbitant amounts?

Jackson Martin

Jackson Martin, holding a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, has been a prominent figure in the home improvement sector for over 18 years. He joined our team in 2020, sharing his expertise in renovation techniques, sustainable building practices, and DIY projects. Jackson's previous experience includes working in residential construction management and as a home renovation consultant. He is an advocate for energy-efficient homes and enjoys participating in local marathon events.

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