We all want an impressive home. Whether it be to show off to our friends and family when we invite them over for events like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or simply so we can enjoy them ourselves as we go about our daily lives, having a space that is wholly ours and wholly beautiful is a wonderful thing. What is not so wonderful, however, is how expensive this can get. Some of us are lucky to not have to worry about costs, but most of us have a bottom line at the end of every month. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make your home beautiful, even on a strict budget.
One Expensive Item Is Fine
Let us get this out of the way first. Just because you are building on a budget does not mean you can’t have a few pricey pieces around. After all, you may have some ideas you’re simply not willing to compromise on, and that is absolutely fine if you can afford it. Paying more for one area simply means finding a way to save money on another, after all, and there are many options when it comes to that. So, do not feel bad for buying that one expensive light fixture, or that artwork you have wanted for so long. Just think of how you can compliment it with the rest of the work ahead.
Upcycling and Other Options
So, how do you save money when redesigning a house? Upcycling has become a massive trend thanks to the economic and green impact that it can have, so it is an option you should consider very strongly! What is it, you may ask? Well, it is when you take something that may be worn down, and then give it a new lease of life whilst adding value. For example, you may find wooden palettes used for shifting goods around in warehouses. Break them down, sand them, and then you can use them to make an accent wall or other furniture like a coffee table. Not only does this change the look and use of the item, but it gives it value that may not have been there before.
You can also buy older furniture and reupholster it, or paint over, or otherwise repair it. Check sites like eBay and Craigslist for what is around you and see if you can get it to work for your space. Of course, you can also go to thrift shops and auctions for options on the cheap. Yes, auctions – sometimes there can be a great steal on offer, so they are worth checking out! Plus, there is always the hands-on approach of DIY, be it with painting the walls or putting down the floors.
Your Home Will Change in Time
A big thing to help with your budget, especially if it is very small, is to break the renovation and redesigning plans into segments, room by room. Get one area done up to the standards you want, and then wait until your savings are a little better before moving onto the next. Sure, this is not as satisfying as having everything done at once in the short term, but in the long term you will reach that same end point – or perhaps even a better one – whilst keeping yourself financially safe.
With all of this said, hopefully you now have a good idea on how to achieve your design goals while keeping costs down. It is a real skill to get this to work, so do not be disheartened if it takes you a little while to get the hang of it. Soon enough your home will be feeling fresh and new again, and you can be proud of what you will achieve when all is said and done. So, get out there, buy some paint, make some plans, and begin the transformation your home deserves!