If your home remodeling budget is limitless, count yourself very lucky! Most homeowners looking to update their kitchens, bathrooms, or living rooms have a cap on what they can spend, which often means seeking small ways to cut costs.
The VCG Construction team always strives to keep our clients on (or under) budget without sacrificing quality. Nevertheless, the following are four things we consider worth the splurge :
1. Permanent Fixtures That Aren’t Easy to Replace
It’s the difference between the bathtub and the faucet. Cut costs on things you can easily swap out later if you change your mind, but splurge on elements you’ll have to rip up the room to replace. By that we mean structural elements, showers, cabinets, counters, fireplaces, and fancy stuff like acoustic insulation or radiant floor heating. Doing away with these things would require another total overhaul, so splurge, spend the money necessary to get them right the first time.
2. Windows, Doors, and Insulation
Maybe it’s tempting to save money on your home remodeling project by going with the cheapest windows and doors out there, but these aren’t aspects to skimp on. Not only could this compromise your security and safety, it could also compromise comfort, since the cheapest products are generally the least energy efficient. (In other words, these windows would let in heat during the summer and let it out during the winter.) Plus, splurging with more expensive energy-efficient doors and windows could mean getting some of that money back in the form of tax credits and rebates.
The quality of your insulation holds a huge sway over your energy bill, too, so stick with the good stuff!
3. The Room Design’s Focal Point
Most rooms have a central design element that pulls everything together — and it’s worth paying the splurge to make it amazing. This might be a unique corner hood in the kitchen, a chandelier in the dining room, or travertine tiles in the bathroom. Whatever is giving the room its unique flavor is where you should splurge your funds, while you can find ways to save on other, less conspicuous aspects.