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Interior Design 101: Renovating On A Budget

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It can be ridiculously hard to juggle your finances with a growing family in tow. You have your mortgage, nursery fees, utilities, fuel costs and grocery shopping to cover each month. As payday approaches you may look to your bank account to seek out any leftover income you can put into savings only to find yourself hovering just above your overdraft threshold. How on Earth can you expect to renovate your home in this financial situation? The key thing is your expectations. You won’t be able to do a full-on remodelling of every single room in your humble abode in a couple of months, but you can bit by bit begin to give your home a facelift.

Take a look at the rooms in your home and rank them in terms of priority for a makeover. Old bathrooms and tired kitchens tend to make the top three of any list but can also be the most expensive. Nevertheless, you can seek out ways to cut costs.

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Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses and they also make your home feel luxurious. While a posh double shower, granite worktops, and designer cabinetry might be out of the question, there are ways you don’t have to make do with the cheapest stuff on the market. You need to strike a fine balance and be willing to pay for goods that are of high quality.

Head to your local showrooms and DIY stores and seek out the ex-display models of kitchen. These may have had hundreds of people open their drawers and peer into their cupboards, but the chances are they are still sound, well constructed and can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of a brand new equivalent. Look into alternatives to the granite quartz worktop and choose an engineered composite instead. It will look nearly the same and will be much less expensive to fix should it be stained or chipped.

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Dressing your interior is often thought of as an expensive business. However, if you look in the right places and don’t mind reusing second-hand furniture, you can achieve a designer show home look that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Head to vintage stores and thrift shops and take a look at their mid-century furniture. Vintage interiors are seeing a resurgence and designers across the globe are using 1960s design as inspiration for their latest models. You can feel confident that you are on trend if you can pick up a sofa, coffee table and TV cabinet from the 1950s all for a two-figure sum.

You may even want to take a look at companies like Old Charm Furniture who utilise the antique designs of yesteryear and create stunning oak bureaus and sell them for a much more reasonable price than if you were to purchase a nineteenth-century original. Be wise in your spending and seek out cheaper alternatives to standard high street fare. Choosing a more niche product will result in a more stylish and individual interior for you and your family.

It can be tough to renovate your home when the pennies are hard to come by. However, take it slow, go room by room and seek out the bargains to keep your budget renovations on track.


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