These Construction Mistakes Will Have You Laughing

Tuesday, July 5, 2016   /   by Kimo Quance

These Construction Mistakes Will Have You Laughing

Summer's here and many homeowners are looking at doing some remodeling.

While many homes will be improved by the makeover, in some cases, we're not so sure.
In some cases, the result of the remodel/upgrade will make you cringe. Sure, we all like to think we have an eye for design, but we're often not as savvy as we think.

Just look at the 'design' of the sink below...

bathroom sink fail

Now, I bet the home-owner saw the pattern and had one picture in mind. But the dark brown and splotchy 'design' is open to many unthinkable interpretations.


It's true what they say; one person’s interior design fantasy is another’s facepalm.

In this post, we compiled some of our favorite home and construction mistakes that blow our minds. You look at them and wonder how someone can get something so wrong. Think I'm exaggerating? Have a look then:


    1. Talk about Cutting Corners

toilet door fail 1Instead of taking the door off, this enterprising D.I.Yer simply cut around the toilet bowl. While they may congratulate themselves on their makeshift fix, I feel sorry for the knees of whoever is using the bathroom when someone barges in.


It seems this method of 'cutting' corners is pretty common, here's another example:

toilet door fail 2


2. The Aliens Have Landed

First-floor-garage fail

Stepping outside, this house has to belong to the owner of a flying car. How else do you explain the presence of a garage perched one storey up?

Maybe flying saucers have become commercially available now.

3. Now You See Me...

impossible toilet fail

Out of sight, out of mind right?

Hiding it is one way of reducing the amount of time you spend cleaning the bathroom.

But, how do you even use this? It looks like it will involve some serious contortion.

4. #Views

chimney view fail

“How's the view from up there?”

What view, would be the right answer.

Any view from that window is blocked by the huge chimney only a few inches from it.

Another fail that makes you wonder if the builders were paying any attention to the build.

5. This Lonely Door

no balcony fail

Speaking of views, what do you think looking out from this first storey door would be like? Should be good, right? However, without a balcony, craning your neck to see out, just isn't advisable.

6. And this Lonelier Balcony

balcony with no door fail

On the flip side, here's an apartment building with balconies but no way to get on them.

Go figure.


7. Drivin' me 'Stair Crazy'

staircase fail

We like to use the stairs to get in a bit of exercise, but with this building, you may find that a tad difficult.

Notice the offset between the doors and the stairs?

Another build that makes me wonder what they were thinking or if they were even thinking at all.

8. "You Will Not Pass"

blocked garage fail

With this tree bisecting your driveway, be rest assured that you'll never be able to park a car in the garage. Unless you drive a Renault Twizy.

Maybe you should just get used to leaving the car on the curb.

9. B.Y.O.L

door placement fail

Talk about making it hard to get into your home! What was the 'architect' thinking when they placed the door so high? Bring Your Own Ladder, anyone?

You know what?

I give up.

It's one thing to put a screw wrong and have the door handle at a slight angle, but some of these clangers make using the house itself impossible!

At the Quance Group, we've seen our fair share of attempted remodels. Trust us, not all of them end up pretty. We know many homeowners try to remodel and boost curb appeal, but seeing how horribly wrong they can go, we advise many home owners to leave the house as it is.

Have you spotted any major construction/design clangers in your neighbourhood? Do share pictures with us and join the discussion below.
Kimo Quance | Keller Williams Realty
CA DRE# 01927385
235 Town Center Pkwy Suite R
Santee, CA 92071

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