As many of you know, I am knee-deep in an entire house renovation at our farm in Hood River. Like any project, or any venture for that matter, I’ve learned things that were new to me. Making an investment for your home will do that.
My husband and I have renovated dozens of our own homes and have participated in the renovation of hundreds of properties for clients over the years and no two are alike. There are a few guiding principles that have remained the same for me in each of those projects for making a good investment.
Renovating any part of a home, let alone a whole house certainly brings budget challenges and the need to make financially sound decisions and/or make edits to stay within budget. I always feel that there is a way to achieve a super high-end look while not compromising quality and design.
Here are a few things that I never skimp on and those that I have a hard time spending extra on.
There are thousands and thousands of tile options out there. There are also thousands of places to purchase the same tiles. For the tile in the lower level at our farm, I found a beautiful dark grey oversized tile that had a slight texture and modeling to it. Knowing that I wanted to shop around to find the best price, I stopped in Home Depot with the sample that I had found at one of the tile showrooms.
Home Depot had the exact same tile at h alf the cost made by the same manufacturer. The only thing that was different was the name under which it was being sold. Even better than the price was that Home Depot had available stock for the 1600 square feet that I was doing. This saved me $4,800 and weeks of waiting for the tile to arrive. Home Depot and Lowe’s often sell really nice wall tiles too. Spending more on an accent tile is a way to get a high-end, custom look without breaking the bank. It’s better to make a good investment when you’ve shopped around.
This is where you can splurge on tile or stone because the overall area is, in comparison, much smaller then tile for your floors or countertops for your kitchen. This is also a place where you can bring in some really great design details with color, pattern, and texture.
This is a big one! Cabinets need to last. Choose wisely. If your budget allows for making an investment, I would suggest trying to use solid wood frames with wood interiors. If there are budget constraints, I would still try to use a solid wood door. A quick and not so expensive upgrade is hinges. Having soft closes hinges and door slides makes a huge difference in function but also wear and tear.
Door handles and pulls come in so many shapes and sizes. There are a lot of great places to purchase these at a discount. Cutting corners on cost does not mean you have to skimp on style.
While I do think it’s worthwhile shopping around to find the best prices, I think spending extra on lights is a good investment. Lights can be statement pieces. Although I have been known to pop into Home Depot to buy a basketful of light fixtures to use to refresh a listing, I like to spend time looking at different makers for unique light fixtures for my own projects.
A great way to find options is to select a few images that you see online and then search for other fixtures utilizing keywords that you would use to describe the fixtures that you originally found and were fond of. Order a few and see how they work in your space. Be sure that you can return the ones that you do not use. Watch scale. I would say that light fixtures might be the number one thing that new buyers change in a home as what has been used in the past in the home that they purchased is very basic.
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