Setting expectations is important in any home renovation project, but done incorrectly, it can be your greatest enemy, Bruce says. "If you have expectations that aren't met, it sometimes turns into a vicious spiral or vicious cycle," he says.
One of the most unrealistic expectations is time. "It's stunning to people that things should take so long," Bruce says. "It starts sometimes right out of the box with the architect's side of things. It's surprising to people that they may not be seeing or hearing from the architect they just sat down with and downloaded their hopes and dreams to for a month or so. They can't believe it takes that long, but it does."