Myth Busters: Debunking Common Home Renovation Lies You’ve Been Told

May 20, 2024 | Blog

As a homeowner, you’ve likely heard all sorts of advice over the years about renovations and home improvements. People are always eager to share their expert opinions—even when they know little about construction, design, or the true costs involved. But how do you separate the helpful suggestions from the half-truths and false promises? In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into some of the most pervasive myths homeowners are told about renovation projects.

Myth #1: Bigger Is Always Better

When planning a renovation, it’s important to prioritize optimizing the existing space for functionality rather than just focusing on making it bigger. This means carefully considering the layout and purpose of each room and finding ways to make the most of the available space. This could include creating cozy nooks or incorporating smart storage solutions to maximize organization and efficiency in smaller areas.

Myth #2: DIY Projects Save Money

While this may be true for small, simple projects, larger and more complex renovations often require professional expertise and can end up costing more if not done correctly. It’s important to assess your skills and knowledge before taking on a DIY project and consider hiring professionals for tasks that require specialized skills.

Myth #3: Trendy Always Equals Timeless

Many people believe that following the latest design trends will result in a timeless renovation. But trendy does not always translate to timelessness. For those homeowners who want to use the latest colours, styles, and designs, consider adding one or two “nouveau” materials to complement classic elements so that the renovation has longevity and adds value to your home.

Myth #4: You Can’t Renovate on a Budget

Renovations are often seen as expensive undertakings, leading many people to believe that they cannot renovate their homes on a budget. However, with careful planning and prioritizing needs over wants, it is possible to complete a successful renovation without breaking the bank. Consider setting a realistic budget from the beginning and working closely with your contractor to find cost-effective solutions without compromising quality.

Myth #5: White Walls Make Any Space Bigger

While it is true that lighter colours can create an illusion of more space, relying solely on white walls can result in a sterile and uninviting atmosphere. A great renovation hack is to explore warmer tones, add texture, and incorporate pops of colour like taupe, navy, and black to add depth and personality to your home.

Myth #6: Open Floor Plans Are Always Ideal

Open floor plans have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people believing that this layout is always the best option for a modern and spacious home. However, open floor plans may not be suitable for every household. Open floor plans often lack privacy and enhance noise levels. If a wall cannot be constructed to absorb sounds and provide a more concealed room, consider using sliding doors or strategic furniture placement.

Myth #7: You Need More Than One Contractor

As a home renovation can involve electrical, plumbing, and structural changes, it’s easy to assume that several contractors are needed. However, it is possible to find a reputable company that has experts in all these areas and can handle all aspects of the renovation project. This not only simplifies the process but also ensures expert execution and peace of mind.

Myth #8: Renovations Are Stressful and Chaotic

For the inexperienced contractor or DIYer, yes, a home renovation project can be stressful and chaotic. That is the advantage of hiring a qualified professional contractor. Proper planning and communication with your contractor can help minimize stress and ensure a smooth process. Remember to set realistic expectations and stay organized throughout the project to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

Talk to the Team at Elite for a Reliable and Stress-Free Home Renovation Experience

With your home renovation, rely on the experienced team at Elite Construction and Renovations. We have been helping homeowners make their dream projects a reality for nearly 20 years. Let us help you navigate the home renovation scene by contacting us for a no-obligation free home estimate.

Jay McDonald

Jay McDonald

Jay McDonald, general contractor and owner of Elite Construction & Renovations, has over 20 years of construction experience. He has completed various Ontario Building Code and Business Management courses from George Brown College and has managed over $50 million-dollars-worth of construction in his career.