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Home Renovation Ideas and Mistakes To Avoid


Home renovation can be an exciting project to take on. You’re essentially giving your home a makeover and switching up the scenery that you’ve become long accustomed to. However, if you go into it without careful consideration, home renovation can quickly become overwhelming. If you plan to renovate your Lancaster County home this year, check out a few of our favorite ideas, as well as mistakes to avoid.


Make It More Accessible

Is someone in your home wheelchair bound, whether temporarily or permanently? Or maybe you made a friend recently who has trouble with steps. It never hurts to make your home more accessible to people of all kinds. Lower cabinets and counters in the kitchen and ramps instead of stairs can make your home functional for either family members or treasured guests who might need it.

What to avoid: Renovating your home to be more accessible can be difficult when you’re not the one who needs that accessibility. You’re not used to thinking of things from the perspective of being wheelchair bound and you might miss small details, such as out-of-reach cabinets or types of flooring. If you’re making the home wheelchair accessible for a particular person, ask them for their input so you can make sure you don’t miss any small details.

Make It More Accessible

Is someone in your home wheelchair bound, whether temporarily or permanently? Or maybe you made a friend recently who has trouble with steps. It never hurts to make your home more accessible to people of all kinds. Lower cabinets and counters in the kitchen and ramps instead of stairs can make your home functional for either family members or treasured guests who might need it.

What to avoid: Renovating your home to be more accessible can be difficult when you’re not the one who needs that accessibility. You’re not used to thinking of things from the perspective of being wheelchair bound and you might miss small details, such as out-of-reach cabinets or types of flooring. If you’re making the home wheelchair accessible for a particular person, ask them for their input so you can make sure you don’t miss any small details.

New Coat of Paint

If you have a limited budget, a new coat of paint could make a big difference in changing the way you — and your friends and family — see a particular room. You can give it a fresh look that’s similar to the way it started out or switch things around entirely. Maybe your room has warm, earth tones right now and you can change it to a cool blue. Maybe you can choose a color from your favorite piece of furniture and thread that throughout the walls of the home. It’s a simple but impactful change.

What to avoid: Don’t just buy a can of paint because it’s the right color. You also need to pick the right type of paint. There’s a big difference between water-based paint, oil-based paint, and several different glosses. When you hire a professional painter, they can walk you through the differences and help you choose the type of paint that works best for your home.

More Space

The longer you live in a home, the more space you seem to take up. Even if your family hasn’t grown exponentially since you’ve moved in, your lifestyle may have changed and at the very least, you may have collected more things. Your toddler has become a teenager and the space they need is entirely different from the space they needed ten years ago. You’ve taken up painting. Whatever the case may be, it might be a good idea to install a room addition. This room addition can become a home office or studio, a gym, or just an extra storage room. It will also add value to your home by increasing your square footage.

What to avoid: As tempting as it might seem, this is not a project you want to do on your own. Not only can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you run into problems with opening up walls or installing electrical work, but you won’t have the protection of your contractor’s insurance, should any damage or injury happen on the job. While hiring a professional might cost more in theory, their expertise can help you avoid bumps along the road.Want any more ideas for your next home renovation projects? Contact MBC Remodeling today for a free consultation.


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