It’s that time of year again, when you have many pleasant things to look forward to: the holidays that will soon be here with all the accompanying food, parties, gifts, and visits with friends and family. You might also be reminded that it’s finally time to make plans to re-do the kitchen, update the bath, or enlarge the family room.
Your family budget is probably another thing that’s on your mind this time of year. When it comes to remodeling, many homeowners think that getting good design means paying more. The truth is that you can end up paying the same for a well-designed, unique project as you would for a remodel that lacks personality. Plus, we believe that good design can actually save you money in the long run.
What’s Our Approach?
Our approach to remodeling is driven by your lifestyle preferences and the function you need. We take a look not only at the remodeling budget, but also at creative design possibilities that make the most of everything in the remodeled space from traffic flow and natural light to storage space and style.
Here are three elements we use in our approach to remodeling that can also stretch your remodeling budget:
Clever Space Planning
Without good space planning, the placement of doors, windows and other features can eat up space without providing the functionality and look you crave. Thoughtful space planning, however, carves the most from every square inch. It rewards you with a space that is designed specifically for your lifestyle, and what it takes for you to feel comfortable. You don’t want to spend money on a beautiful kitchen remodel only to find out that there is no place for a trash can or the dog’s bowl.
Space planning can also work magic in reclaiming “lost” space. The space between wall studs can become a niche that displays a favorite piece of artwork or provides an extra bit of storage in a small bathroom. A blank wall in the kitchen might be just enough room for a row of narrow cabinets, perfect for a beverage station or for stashing holiday china and serving pieces.
With good design, even a smaller remodeling budget can buy major style. Here’s an example: you may love the look of a certain kind of tile, but they’re priced out of reach. With some design savvy, however, you can enjoy that expensive look for less. It’s possible to get an upscale look on a modest budget by combining handsome, budget-friendly tiles with sparing use of high-end accent tiles.
Products and Priorities
Because we know what products are available and how they look in real-world homes, we can help you spend your remodeling dollars most efficiently. We can also help you get those special extra items you want and still stay within budget. For example, if it’s a priority to have a commercial-style range, we can show you how to stay within budget by scaling down to a less-expensive cabinet line and still give your kitchen a high-quality look and feel.
Remember, the cost for construction basics doesn’t vary much. It’s the products and finishes that can eat up the budget quickly. We can guide you in making choices that don’t cost more, but it will help assure that you end up with the features, functionality, flow and creativity you want.
Thinking about possibilities? Let us use our know-how to suggest ideas for getting the most from your space and your remodeling budget!