Connie's Corner

Tips from Waypoint's award-winning designer
June 20, 2011

Discussing Budget with your Designer


Did your mother ever tell you it’s not polite to discuss politics, religion or money? I kind of agree except for the money part when it comes to a major remodeling project. It’s pretty hard for a designer to do the best possible job for you without a good idea of the amount you want to invest. They are the best people to help you sort through the various options and create the space you always dreamed of.

Budget discussions take place throughout the selection process.

Do you want laminate, granite or quartz countertops? Are there major construction changes, wiring and plumbing to do? Did you know that you can easily spend between $5.00 and $50.00 a square foot on backsplash tile and there aren’t going to be too many choices in refrigerators under $1800.00?

It seems it is getting harder and harder to find accurate costs on redoing a kitchen or bathroom.  And often remodeling shows mislead us, not only how much a project really costs but how long it takes to do a project of this scope. Somehow the automobile industry has trained us to accept the cost of a new car every so often. But when it comes to major remodeling projects, it is easy to be at a loss. Give it serious thought and come up with a realistic number and get your financing in place.

Your designer will be your best friend when it comes to sorting through the places to splurge and where you can save without too much pain.

If you want to be better prepared to talk about your budget with your designer, go the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s website and request their Homeowner Planner. It’s a good place to start.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces