What do you really want and how can you afford it?
Everyone wants to know what they can get for their money so let’s start the conversation. There are many factors contributing to the cost to build new or remodel your current home. For years we’ve experienced a rise in cost of building materials and a shortage of skilled labor. Now we’re experiencing a significant boom in market growth as a result of the pandemic. (Learn more about the pandemic's affects on this industry and what it means for you: Construction Costs and Covid.)
Ultimately, the cost to build new or remodel depends on what you want in a home, where it’s located, and the professionals you choose to hire.
Where do you start?
Beginning down the winding road of building or remodeling a home can be overwhelming. I encourage you to spend some time looking inward to find your true desires. Then look outward to find the right people able to travel this road with you. Due to factors discussed in Construction Costs and Covid, it’s more important than ever before to assemble a Team of professionals to help guide you through the process of creating a home that meets your desired goals and budget.
Read A Team Approach: Key to Home Creation Success & Savings and see our list of preferred Team members to get started on this path.
Some tricks I've got up my sleeve...
Let’s talk about ways that you can get more of what you want with the budget you have. Nearly every client I work with wants more than what their current budget can support. The good news is this is NOT a deal breaker!
Pro Tip 1: For your desires that are above-budget we plan actionable phases to accommodate these wants by planning them into the design for future completion.
Example: Maybe you want a finished basement but your current budget doesn’t support this space. Our solution: We create a masterplan that designs everything for this future space so it can be completed in piecemeal as the funds come in. The masterplan unfolds in phases when you’re ready. Phase 1 seamlessly rolls into phase 2 without having to knock down walls or add plumbing as an afterthought. All phases are included in the construction drawings I create for you, saving you time and money by not having to hire us again.
Pro Tip 2: Where you spend your money upfront matters. I tell my clients that they do not want to skimp or cut corners on what is behind the walls because it’s a lot harder to up-grade these choices later.
Example: If on a super tight budget use the pricier energy-efficient foam insulation only in the attic and the more affordable batt or other blown-in insulation in the walls and floors. It’s like wearing a hat in the winter; you want one to help you keep warm because heat escapes from the top of your head (and the roof of your house) fastest.
Pro Tip 3: Look for places to save on the finishes that you can easily improve in the future.
Example: Start with the more modern look of minimal to no trim and casing throughout the inside, and use a laminate countertop for a few years, then up-grade later to the granite or quartz countertops that you really want. Pre-wire for adding solar panels or retractable screens on the Porch in the future.
Pro Tip 4: The interior and exterior finishes you choose can make or break your budget. Hire an Interior Designer early on in the design process to assist you in making the finish selections. They will help guide you to the best options for your budget and will often save you more than their fees will cost.
Example: Choosing a high end appliance package such as a Subzero refrigerator and a Wolf range will cost considerably more than the Kitchenaid brand. The materials selections will have a similar impact, such as $6/ft2 tile versus $20/ft2 tile.
DREAM BIG: What do you desire most?
So let’s approach your masterplan holistically! What aspects of your new home are priorities now and what can we design into your future? Let’s devise a plan so you get EVERYTHING on your wish list.
You-Inspired Wish List
This brings us back to the Simple Steps to Begin Living a You-Inspired Life from our pilot blog post.
Here we will focus on Step Two: Close your eyes and imagine your WILDEST, CRAZIEST dream life. Do not hold back! Let your childhood fantasies merge with your current aspirations! Go to the furthest extremes of your imagination and allow yourself to feel completely ridiculous about it.
Only once we’ve visited the furthest extremes of our desires can we center ourselves to a place of joy and contentment of what’s possible.
Imagine the room(s) you'll spend most of your time in, what spaces you dreamed of being in as a child, or what places you’ve visited that you wish you could recreate at your own home. Think about how these spaces make you FEEL when you dream about them.
That wonderful feeling is what I intend to create in your home.
Perhaps some visuals will help. The following are some things that appeared on clients’ wish lists that you may feel inspired by…
Click HERE to see more of the wishes we've fulfilled.
Money is a tool, how you use it is what matters.
You have the power to use that tool to build your dream home to support your dream life and I am here to empower you to make the best decisions for YOU, now and in the future.
I intend you have a joyous self-inquiry into your deepest desires!
Inspired by YOU,
Jenny Pippin, CPBD, FAIBD, CGP
Pippin Home Designs
P.S. If you didn't check it out earlier, be inspired more by learning about Construction Costs and Covid!
I am Jenny Pippin, founder of Pippin Home Designs and creator of my own inspired living. I grew up as an ordinary southern girl, working in the fields of my family’s tobacco farm. It didn’t take me long to realize I had greater gifts and so I chose to step into my power and create my own path in life, inspired by my heart’s true passion. (More on my personal story in future posts.Stay tuned!)