Saving money when building a home may seem like an oxymoron, but it can be done!
I believe you can get your dream home and stay on budget if you spend/save wisely.
We built our home with champagne tastes on a beer budget, with a little creativity, DIY, smart shopping and using every penny wisely.
When you get all your ducks in a row and you’re ready to start building your dream home…and then the lumber bids come in:
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I definitely have opinions about smart ways to SAVE and where it’s best to splurge when it comes to building a home.
But I wanted to get input from others as well, so I polled my Instagram Fam.
I’m sharing the full list with you without regard to my personal opinions. For MY personal viewpoint, keep scrolling down.
Also, you’ll notice some of the same items on both lists…it’s all about personal preferences and what might be important to one person, isn’t as much to another.
So without further ado, here are the results of that poll:
(some answers were repeated multiple times. I have made note of the more popular answers)
I can categorize my recommendation for splurges in the following categories:
This would include square footage to a certain extent, although if you have to sacrifice ALL your favorite finishes to get the square footage, then you should definitely consider reducing your footprint.
When it comes to the sizes of rooms, be reasonable about the sizes and how you will use the space, place furniture.
Cut out your furniture to scale (usually 1″ = 4′ on the plan) and try arranging it in the space. Is there room to walk?
Another thing that is difficult to change later are cabinets. If you replace cabinets, you also will most likely need to replace your counters too and that is a very large expense, not to mention the demo involved.
Ultimately you will need to decide what’s most important to you. You may find this post helpful MONEY SAVING QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUILDING A HOME when prioritizing your wish list.
This post may also be useful for gathering ideas and deciding what is most important to you NEW HOME MUST HAVES
Hello! I’m Jessica, wife to Cody, and mom to 2 boys and a girl, who are SO lucky because everyday with me is like an episode of carpool karaoke! They get a ride and a show! (What I lack in talent, I make up for in loudness and enthusiasm). I have a background in architecture and designed this home that we just built in a small Texas town. We self-contracted the build…and we are still finishing up a few projects. Oh! And our Floor Plans are available on this website. Most days you can find me on Instagram @the.old.barn so come say hi!