The Top Thing Everyone Forgets When Doing A Home Reno, According To Rock The Block

When designing a house, it's easy to walk through a home improvement store, spot a wide range of colors and finishes you love, and then add them to the rooms. Of course, having a house that's designed the way you like it goes far, but that's not the only thing to consider when choosing features and renovating. Breyer Construction & Landscape says that, before any renovation project, homeowners need to set a budget, carefully think about how much space they have, and consider the overall design style they enjoy.

Even in these areas, there's something missing that can limit success in the long term. In HGTV's "Rock the Block" project, designers had to renovate four identical homes in Charleston, SC. The massive project focused on several key areas of the structure, one after another. In the main suite showdown phase, there was one tip revealed that all homeowners should remember when it comes to home renovations.

It's more than just looks

There is no doubt that people have to love the way their home looks, but that's not the only thing that matters. Rather, the "Rock the Block" team makes it clear that any renovations taken on also have to add value to the property itself, per Realtor. That was especially important in the project they tackled in the episode "Main Suite Showdown," where home buyers had equal square footage across all homes, meaning the contestants could not compete in size.

So, in this episode, contestants had to really work to stand out. For example, one group designed the main closet in the main suite that included a dressing room and then added a washer and dryer to the space, significantly elevating the function of that room. Another group took things to a whole new level by designing a supersized bathroom that had an impressive shower with a stand-alone bath within it. And while these creations were stylish and brought in the looks, they also added value to the home.

In another episode of "Rock the Block" via HGTV, contestant Leanne Ford incorporated a massive stone wall into the design, though she also kept a more minimalistic look throughout the space, adding value to the house as she did so. So, it wasn't just about going big and bold but adding unique features that boost value, which is the most important aspect of a home renovation.