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In July 2011, my husband and I hired a general contractor and an interior designer to renovate our Summer home in East Hampton, NY. Our plan was to get rid of all of our furniture and fixtures and then completely redecorate every room from floors to windows to walls. We would also gut the outdated kitchen and bathrooms. After several weeks of discussing our design ideas, we handed the key to the contractor and left for our place in San Francisco. Nine months, 1,000 emails, and 50 phone calls later, we came back to our beautifully transformed house.
We were thrilled with the results, even though there were still items on the punch list to be completed. It was amazing to see all the things we had chosen — the furniture, fixtures, paint colors, and rugs — together in a room, rather than in my mind as I had imagined them.
It was also a learning experience to see which of my design choices were practical and which were not. I would say that I absolutely love 95 percent of what we did, but after living with my choices for the past month, there are a few things I would have done differently.
Keep reading to see which mistakes you can avoid before renovating!