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10 bad home improvement projects

10 bad home improvement projects

Home renovations always start with such big dreams. We spend hours pinning home decor ideas on Pinterest and saving on Houzz, only to have things go dreadfully sideways when the project begins. We’ve found 10 examples of 10 bad home improvement projects that prove that some renos need more than a little duct tape or a bit more caulking. Even simple home renovation projects can go awry!

1. Air in…and out

air vents - 10 regrettable home improvements
DC Structural

Most contractors will tell you that air circulation is the key to keeping a home dry and temperate all year round. It’s one reason why we have two types of vents in our homes: Air out (where the heated or cooled air comes from the furnace or A/C0 and an air in vent. The air in vent is where air in our house goes to be re-warmed or cooled unless, of course, the two types of vents are placed side-by-side allowing air to circulate independently without every really entering the room.

2. Well-lit shower

10 regrettable home improvements

As children, we learned electricity and water are not a great mix. While we can appreciate not wanting to bath in the dark, an electrical light socket and it’s switch placed virtually in the shower just seems like a poor renovation choice.

3. Double gutter

gutter 10 regrettable home improvements
Julia McCurty

Double-capped gutter? Yes! After all who needs a run off? As an added bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy the cascading waterfall pouring off of your roof and gradually eroding your landscaping and your home’s foundation. What fun!

4. Sewer river


A wood box to store sewage is a…bold choice. Although if that’s the home’s foundation it’s neatly tucked under there are some bigger problems than a wooden septic tank. It’s probably time to call the professionals.

5. Porcelain plunger

10 bad home improvement projects
Virginia Remodelings

Got an extra toilet plunger? Why not turn it into a porcelain-like shower faucet trim?

6. A tree runs through it

10 bad home improvement projects

Not sure how you should tackle that pesky tree? Build around it. Literally.

7. A step up from before

DIY Life

Apparently, this homeowner no longer cared about using the garage to park their car.

8. Box fan. Seriously


It’s a box fan. There’s not really anything else going on here, except a box over a ceiling fixture. It’s a box fan.

9. Trumpet pipe


Not sure how drain your gutter? Connect it to an old trumpet (which is connected to an old garden hose, which is connected to…you get the picture).

10. No exit

Phoenix Health & Safety

Curb appeal is so important which is why it’s so important to pay attention to a home’s front entrance. Of course, actually having an entrance is probably the most important part of that equation; therefore, this one makes it as number 10 on our list of bad home improvement projects!

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Amy Billingsley

Amy is a Realtor with Zolo who lives and specializes in the Tri-Cities area (Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam). A fan of The Amazing Race and mid-century modern architecture, Amy spends her off-time on hiking trails or taking in a movie with her family.