Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling Mistake
There’s a reason for the proverb “measure twice, cut once,” and these pictures prove it. Double-check your measurements, peeps.
Taking accurate measurements is a must — especially when it comes to doors. Before you remodel, use plan drawings to check the arc of swinging doors and make sure they’ll clear nearby fixtures, walls, and cabinets. A smaller toilet or a shower curtain will fix this blunder, but retrofitting is an extra expense.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeOpen Sesame
When remodeling a kitchen, clearance problems are common — there are a lot of doors and drawers that can get placed in awkward spots. A skilled cabinetmaker might be able to fix this mistake by modifying the drawer front so it can clear the trim, but not the doorknob.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeNot a Good Mix
When it comes to outlets, it’s all about location and safety. Near wet areas you need ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets to reduce the risk of electric shock. An electrician will charge $100-$200 to move this outlet and install a GFCI, but you’ll also need to repair and repaint the wall.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeA Choppy Install
Enthusiastic DIYers did a fine job putting in this ceiling fan and saving installation charges, but they forgot the cardinal rule: Check nearby door clearances. Now it takes some real finagling to open and close the French doors. To fix, they could swap out the big chopper for a low-profile fan — for an additional expense.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeNo Headroom
There’s no quick fix for this — the garage door track should be raised closer to the ceiling joists in order to clear the in-swinging entry door. One option: The homeowner could post a “Proceed with Caution” sign outside the entry.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeNot So Hot
This masonry chimney is one major code violation. To be legal, it should extend at least 3 feet above the roofline — of the taller, second-level roof! The only thing you’d want to put in the hearth of this fireplace is a potted plant.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeOn or Off?
It’s an open-and-shut case of bad clearances: The pipe blocks this shutoff valve from opening all the way. A new shutoff valve ($30) with a shorter handle will solve this conundrum, but you don’t want to put off the fix — shutoff valves for water and gas are vital safety devices that can help prevent major damage to your house.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeJust an Inch More
Oops! Inadequate clearances for dishwasher doors are classic kitchen planning boo-boos. Adding a filler strip between the wall and the appliance would have helped the door clear the little partition wall and made access to the dishwasher so much easier.
Don’t Fall Victim to this Most Common Remodeling MistakeA Poorly Placed Fixture
Ceiling fans and lights need to be at least 3 feet away from residential pendent fire-suppression sprinklers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Keep in mind that your local building codes may require a greater distance.