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Interior Design: How Much Do Things REALLY Cost?

People often ask us how much it will cost for a remodel, and our first question is usually "What would you like to do?" and our second is "What is your budget?" Most people honestly have no idea how much things cost, so we're here to help lift the curtain on the remodeling show. If you're lost and don't know where to start, think of your budget like you would a car: Would you like a Honda (Economy), BMW (Premium) or a Bentley (Luxury)? Other Questions We Might Ask You There are so many variables to consider, starting with the style of the home. Is it clean and modern? Or traditional with a lot of details? What is the size of the room? Are you changing the floor plan (moving walls or plumbing locations)? Knowing your budget helps us determine what type of finish materials, appliances, plumbing, fixtures, windows, doors, lighting, furniture, etc. We can find you a $5 door knob or a $500 door knob. Knowing what you'd like to spend helps us find you the best bang for your buck. Again, each of these items range from economical to high end luxury, or somewhere in between. Costs will include all of the above, but don't forget about permits, cost of labor and Contractor fees, and Designer fees. It's also a good idea to plan a little extra for the unexpected surprises along the way. Investing in a Kitchen or Bathroom remodel will definitely increase your property value and give you the best R.O.I. What Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost? A modest kitchen remodel might cost between $40,000 and $75,000. This would include things like possibly creating a new layout, professional grade appliances, custom cabinetry and hardware, stone counters and a glass backsplash. A high end luxury kitchen remodel might cost over $100,000. This might include a new layout with more detailed finishes to align with the style of the home, higher end luxury appliances, fixtures, cabinetry and materials - all with stunning details and beauty. What Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost? Remember, the scope of the project has a lot to do with how much it might cost. Is this a Powder Room or a Master Bath? A mid-range bathroom remodel could be somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000. This might include upgrades to plumbing fixtures, a new toilet, material finishes like tile and flooring, lighting, vanity and counter. On the high end, it could be anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000. This would be for a full remodel, again depending on the scope of work. Costs might include new layout, high end fixtures and materials, custom cabinetry and added specialty details. You could include options like a steam shower or radiant floor heating. How Much Will It Cost to Furnish My Whole House? We've seen it happen a few times where a client spends over $1 Million to build their dream home, yet doesn't want to spend the money on furniture.  Instead, they bring in their dated furniture and are disappointed that their new home doesn't feel as special or cohesive as they'd hoped.  Furniture and Lighting are just as important as the finishes of your home because it really completes the look and style that you're going for.  We're not suggesting that you toss everything and start over.  Mix and Match Old and New to make your home feel collected, but keep in mind the style of the home and interior furnishings should work well together. A full room would include furniture, lighting, window coverings, rugs, wallpaper, pillows, plants, art and accessories. A moderate range can be between $10,000 and $15,000 per room. High end luxury furnishings could be over $30,000 per room. Our suggestion is: Figure how much you'd like to spend first. Research looks and styles that you love. Set your dream goal for what you'd like to do, then whittle down to what you can afford. Interview reputable Designers and Contractors who will guide you along the way. Have reasonable expectations of what things will cost & how long it might take. Most important - HAVE FUN!


Before & After: Kitchen & Bath plus Master Closet

 Are you ready for some Make-Over Magic? We know you love Before and After shots, so we'd like to share a few of ours with you. The first few images below are from one of our Aging in Place / Accessibility Remodels. Our goal was to not only make this space functional, but a happy and beautiful home to live in and thrive.  Hallways and doorways were widened, the carpet was removed, and a serene and peaceful blue and white color scheme was introduced throughout. Along with brightening up the kitchen with new white cabinetry, blue counters and small subway tile backsplash, we replaced the floor with a wood-like porcelain tile throughout.  The florescent lights in the ceiling were removed and we added a beautiful chandelier, floral drapes for privacy as well as a built in banquette with table. Fresh, clean and up to date!  Our little secret was this accessible vanity cabinet.  Nobody wants to see the undermount of a sink and plumbing in this case, so we concealed it.  It's safe and easy for anyone in a wheelchair and looks finished and beautiful when not in use.  The home is now easy to move around in, free of obstructions, and transformed into a lovely home that feels comfortable and relaxing. And now....one of our favorite makeovers is this closet. Can you believe this is the same room? As you can see, the door was widened to showcase a stunning view room from the master bathroom into the custom built, Sex in the City inspired, master closet for her.  We've wallpapered the ceiling, added a ribbon glass chandelier and mirrored armoire that makes the space feel even bigger. And now for a Cost Effective Do-It-Yourself Make-Over... In general, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a space is by simply painting the walls.  In this case, add white molding to bring in a more traditional feel.  A new upholstered bed with nailheads and white linens really make it clean and beautiful.  Matching lamps bring in the balance and symmetry.  If your nightstands are different sizes, that's ok, just make sure your lamps are at the same height.  You can accomplish this by placing one lamp on top of a few books.  Sprinkle in a few decorative items like a rug, table, or even a chair and voila!  You've transformed your space from drab to drama!


Color and Your Personality

Have you ever thought about why you're attracted to certain colors and what it may say about your personality? Check out some of our designs below and see how your favorite color describes you! BLACK Artistic, Intuitive, Bold, Powerful, In Control WHITE Independent, Organized, Logical RED Driven, Determined, Risk Taker GREY Reliable, Cool, Composed, Seeks Peace YELLOW Teacher, Enjoys Learning, Expressive ORANGE Social, People Person, Team Player PINK Wants to Love Unconditionally, and Be Loved Unconditionally PURPLE Perfectionist, Seeks Emotional Security, Humanitarian BLUE Seeks Inner Peace and Absolute Truth, Always Thinks of Others GREEN Loyal, Honest, Values Integrity BROWN Great Friend, Enjoys a Stable Simple Life, Not Materialistic One of the easiest and most affordable ways to add color to your space is through paint. Katherine Ireland is known for her use of color in her designs and has partnered with C2 Paint Company.  They are fantastic and luxury for any project. And you can never go wrong with our other favorite, Benjamin Moore Guess you'll have a future project to plan soon! Have fun!