35 Construction Solutions That Don’t Solve Problems, Only Create Them, As Shared By This Instagram Account (New Pics)
We are surrounded by design every day in everything we see or do. Whether it’s aesthetically arranged furniture, visually pleasing bathroom tiles, or beautiful yet funky rugs, we instinctively know when designs look good. And we also immediately notice when these ideas look bad, questionable, or plain ugly. We always notice.
You see, while some projects might have looked great on paper, they sometimes get executed in the worst possible way. It might be a result of awful handiwork, lack of communication, or certain shortcuts craftsmen believed they have to make. Whatever the reason, such problematic looks leave the end-users with an overwhelming urge to share their confusion with the world.
Enter the Instagram account called Typical Rykozhop, a place where appalling design and construction decisions made by the hands of less-skilled professionals find their home. Bored Panda has collected some of the most shoddy building and repairing "solutions" from the account, so keep on scrolling and judge for yourself! And if you’re in the mood for some more construction madness, take a look at our previous compilations right here and here.
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Nearly everyone has that little voice at the back of our heads that tells us when we see something that just doesn’t look right. It's almost like an instinct — if you can’t use something effectively, there is probably something wrong with its design or execution. The Typical Rykozhop account is here to prove that not everyone is born with magic hands when it comes to building or fixing up things.
People spend years studying and practicing to become specialists in their field, from architects and designers to contractors and regular workers. So as you’re scrolling through this compilation of pictures, you’ll notice that some professionals are less skilled than others. Heck, we have spirit levels and measuring squares for a reason, so they seem to have a talent to fail this badly.
But no matter how hard designers and builders may try, no matter how much planning they put into the project, some things are bound to go wrong. According to the Digital Builder construction blog, there are several common causes why professionals make mistakes in construction and why they are so hard to solve.
The first one may seem simple but is often overlooked — basic human error. Building or repairing involves a fair share of repetitive tasks, and as one study has revealed, humans aren’t always good at that. Researchers discovered that as people perform monotonous tasks, their brain involuntarily shifts into rest mode whether they like it or not. This could lead them to seriously mess up even the simplest tasks.
During the study, scientists asked participants to repeatedly perform a "flanker task" — an experiment where people had to quickly respond to visual clues. "To our surprise, up to 30 seconds before the mistake, we could detect a distinct shift in activity," Dr. Stefan Debener, of Southampton University, UK, told BBC. "The brain begins to economize, by investing less effort to complete the same task."
However, this is not a sign of the brain going to sleep. "Autopilot would be a better metaphor," Debener added. "We can assume that the tendency to economize task performance leads to an inappropriate reduction of effort, thus causing errors."
Another reason why construction blunders happen is miscommunication. Digital Builder explained that with many stakeholders and moving parts on every project, it isn’t easy to share the messages needed between contractors. "One of the factors contributing to miscommunication is what psychologists call signal amplification bias: as humans, we regularly fail to realize how little we’re actually communicating with others."
Assuming your thoughts and actions are crystal clear to your colleagues or collaborators often leads to mistakes and can cause tremendous issues. And it seems that this is an industry-wide problem because poor project data and miscommunication are responsible for 48% of all rework in the US.
But even when you have great communication skills, your project might still fail if you choose the wrong person for the job. So if you want to avoid hiring bad contractors, experts have a few pieces of advice to share to dodge any future slip-ups. First, consumers often get too excited to see a low bid and quickly jump at the opportunity to save a bit of money.
"Contractors know that homeowners will be fixed on costs and the bottom line, and unethical contractors will leave out some scope of work details just to obtain the job," Jody Costello, home renovation planning and contractor fraud expert at Contractors From Hell, told Architectural Digest. "You need to review bids against your scope of work to ensure it includes everything you expect."
Then, be on the lookout for vague contracts. "Be wary of a contract that is devoid of details — or the language is vague at best — regarding the scope of work for the project, responsibilities, payment schedules, and start and stop times," she said and added that the scope of work and every single detail must be included in your written agreements. "This includes materials used, supplies, equipment, vendors, subcontractors — everything that goes into your project."
Plus, when the contractor asks for cash payments, this is a sign they might be trying to avoid paying taxes, which only shows you’re dealing with a dishonest person. Moreover, "It’s important to have proof of payment using a canceled check, receipts, and lien releases upon payments made to the contractor in the event he or she claims they weren’t paid," Costello noted.
However, looking at these pictures can make anyone suspicious of whether the workers were doing their jobs clear-headed. Real estate broker Egypt Sherrod advised that "when it comes to deciding on who you want to work on your home renovation project, a major, waving red flag that says, Don’t hire me, is a contractor who shows up to the job site, and you suspect they are under the influence."