Keep those renovation costs DOWN
But there are easy and effective ways that you can hold the cost at bay.
Here are a few ideas:
- Hire a renovator with imagination, experience, and vision ‒ someone who can see things in a way you might not. For example, an experienced renovator or designer may be able to look at a space and see ways it could be made more functional and appear bigger, without tearing the whole space apart.
- Ask your renovator about making changes in stages, a bit at a time. You might want to do something one year and something else the next, and the next. Ask what might make the biggest difference, and which should be done first to minimize the work of the next one. That way you can budget incrementally and thoughtfully.
- Try to keep your windows the same size and in the same place, if you can. Your renovator or designer will help you work around the openings that you have, and then perhaps add a different kind of light source ‒ a skylight or sun tunnel, for instance.
- When it comes to plumbing, ask your renovator to use your current fixtures if possible, assuming it’s in good condition. Your renovator can plan your bathroom or kitchen around what’s already there, and that will keep costs down.
- Take a look at all the beautiful ready-made cabinets there are on the market. Your designer will know what’s “out there” and how it can be worked into your new space. If you can find something you love without having custom cabinetry, you’ll save money.
- Ask your designer about using fabric rather than glass for shower enclosures. Curtains can be beautiful, tasteful, durable, easier to clean, and much less expensive than glass.
- Think about ways paint, finishes and other creative effects might impact your space and keep actual structural changes to a minimum.
- Check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Your professional renovator certainly knows about it. They and their clients donate to it, and they also repurpose some of the beautiful materials to be found there. Think of it as a win-win resource.