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Budgeting a remodel. Where to start?

Getting ready to remodel your kitchen bathroom or whole home? Read up on how to set and stick to a budget that gets you what you want with as little discomfort as possible.

Seems that whenever I meet a potential new client, the first question is, "How much will this project cost?" I then try to explain that this is like asking, "How long is a piece of string?"

You see, there are just too many things that will influence a project's cost. From basic construction issues, such as repairing what may need repairs, to client selections for cabinets, appliances and everything else, to whether or not we plan on moving things around or adding space, there are so many variables that come into play.

I recently posted a piece on Houzz about how to establish a kitchen remodel budget.  By looking at three different kitchens remodeled at three different price points, it becomes fairly clear what drives the cost of a remodel.  You can read this piece here

Of course, there's always the issue of setting a realistic budget and sticking to it.  Another piece I wrote a few months ago for Houzz addresses just this issue.  You can read it here.

As always, I'd appreciate hearing back from you about your experiences with creating and sticking to a budget was like.  And since we learn best from our mistakes, sharing stories about what went wrong are the best.

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