Dont’ rush. The best way to avoid making mistakes in your renovation project is to give yourself time to understand and absorb the proposed design. A good architect will guide you through the design process and all the areas where work is required to make sure that you have had a chance to consider your options. The other important way to avoid errors is to keep your lines of communication open – both with your architect and also with your future builder. Talking through concerns or questions early greatly reduces the risk of disputes or misunderstandings later on in the process.