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There are countless items to consider when constructing a new residence or updating your existing home. But top of mind for many is – budget! While trying to make your home perfect on a tight budget can seem daunting, there are many fun ways to design your home in an affordable manner.
Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing home, it does not have to be expensive. There are plenty of cost-effective solutions to achieve your wish list. Here are some tips on how to save money without compromising comfort and beauty as you embark on your home design project.
Plan Ahead of Time
Before jumping into the designing phase and considering interior options as you scroll through Pinterest boards, start collecting estimates. Though these might be ballparks, this will help you make important decisions as you start designing. Making sure to have the proper leg work done ahead of time will definitely help you save time and money.
Invest in Quality
When it comes to deciding what to invest in now versus later, think quality and not quantity. Invest your money in homebuilding construction or remodeling materials that will stand the test of time. Think about fixtures, features and furniture that cannot be changed or upgraded easily and avoid having to replace them quickly. To avoid the hassle, consider investing in such high-quality products upfront.
Postpone the Frills
When your budget is tight, think about postponing the add-ons. Make sure the prep work is done from the start, but save for future phases. For example, you could wire for an extensive AV system but implement the bells and whistles in Phase 2 or add a gas line during construction for a pool but save the pool build for the future.
Find Furniture That Does Double Duty
Multipurpose furniture can save time and money. Find pieces that are functional in more than one way and are decorative as well. Storage tables, nesting tables and ottomans can do double duty while adding style as well.
Consult a Pro
It is quite tempting to do all the research on your own but hiring a pro for your home project can actually save you money. Architects and designers can help you avoid costly mistakes. Professionals also have access to money-saving resources that you might not be able to find on your own. To cut down your initial consultation costs, you could sketch out your ideas or have curated inspiration images to provide clarity on your style before your meeting.