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1. Poor Planning And Design Whether a remodeling project is designed inhouse or by an independent architect, proper planning and complete design details are crucial to a successful project. Too often, builders start a job before all of the details are worked out just to "keep the guys busy." In my experience, these often turn out to be problem projects. I've lost more money straightening out problems stemming from incorrect layout than any other aspect of a remodeling project. This is especially true of kitchens and bathrooms, where the most important work happens in the first several weeks of the job. If a carpenter has to lay out a kitchen or bathroom without a detailed tile, fixture,