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End-of-the-Month Giveaway: Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide

51LjMO13ujL._SL500_AA240_UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Jose, whose name was chosen at random from all who entered. Check back at the end of August for another chance to win.

This month's giveaway is an excellent book titled Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide, which I reviewed here.

To enter, you must do two things:

1. Post a comment below that completes this phrase:

"In my last remodeling project, I made one big mistake that I will never make again. And that mistake was ______________."

2. You must leave a valid email address in the proper space (will not be made public) so I can contact you if you are chosen.

The recipient of the book will be chosen randomly from all entries made by midnight July 31, 2009.

And please leave a helpful comment for the benefit of other homeowners who may remodel in the future. The purpose of this exercise is not just to give away this book and increase traffic to my blog, but to impart wisdom to help our fellow humans on this planet. If your comment is not helpful, it will be disqualified.

And in the words of Ed Sanders from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Be lucky!

3 Comments on End-of-the-Month Giveaway: Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide

  1. Letting my contractor turn the final phases of the project over to his kid. We ended up with some things that the contractor and I had agreed to verbally done otherwise, and with nothing in writing I had little recourse on items that were not in the original drawings.

  2. Waiting so long to get it done. My husband and I are fairly frugal, and he has no vision when it comes to remodeling, and I had been letting him talk me into postponing projects, as he was afraid they wouldn’t “turn out right” and we’d waste our money. By the time we got started this year, the house was in pretty bad shape, and we ended up doing a complete master bath remodel, kitchen remodel, and floors in the entire house, back to back. It would have been so much less stressful if we had done the bathroom 5 years ago, the kitchen two years later, etc.

  3. In the recent remodel of my entire house, the things I’ve most regretted were the times I decided to go cheaper just to save a little money or time. For example, there are three doors in my master bedroom. By the time we were ready to buy doors, I really just wanted the room to be done (and I was freaked out by the overall expense). But less than 3 years later, I decided I hated the standard Home Depot doors and I want to replace them all with salvage doors that would be more suitable for my 1909 home.
    Other decisions were made that saved a significant amount of money, but stupid stuff like the doors just wasn’t worth it.

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