With the economy on everyone’s mind the thought of spending money on a much needed renovation (i.e. kitchen or bath) can be overwhelming.
Yet, a consumer on a tight budget is one who may actually have the greatest need and benefit the most from services from a design professional that can assist with not just the design and planning, but also propose options that will achieve the best design on a limited budget.
A designer first must assist the client in establishing priorities with regard to areas to be designed, understand their wants, needs and “wish list” and budget. By revisiting this list as the design develops we can help provide options for selections at various price points to remain within budget.
These Are Just a Few of the Ways That You Can Help Minimize Costs
In The Design Process…
- Work within existing space
- Minimize changes to plumbing and electrical systems
- Move doors only when necessary to accomplish design intent
- Carefully allocate higher cost materials to priority areas (i.e. granite, specialty lighting)
- Provide options for material selections at various price points (i.e. stock cabinets vs. custom cabinets, laminate countertops vs. granite)
- Rebates for water or energy saving appliances
- Reuse/repurpose of existing items
- Use of paint (color) can make big statement at minimal cost
While the slumping economy has clearly impacted consumers buying patterns and buying power, the fact remains that home sales are down so many homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes. The value of updating their existing home allows owners to remain where they are without having to move or build. Plus, the significant costs associated with moving to a new home can be avoided.
A well planned and implemented renovation using the experience and knowledge of a design professional will provide a smart return on your investment that can be enjoyed for years to come.