Designing to Budget

A budget is always present when determining a new project. Everyone’s budgets are different but most of the time clients will exceed their budget. More than likely the client will get one thing they want but won’t get something else, due to budget constraints. When it comes to remodeling there is always a compromise. 


It’s important for the general contractor to establish a detailed budget with the client so that there are no surprises along the way or at the end. Remodeling is based on a partnership with the client and partners needs to be able to communicate and get along. As a client if there is any concern, talk to you general contractor. The last thing you want is to be unhappy with the outcome.

There can be discrepancies when it comes to budget vs design. As a client, listen to your contractor, they know the amount of money necessary to achieve your remodel visions and were the best places are to make sacrifices. Your contractor may propose doing the project in phases if it doesn’t work right now. Also ask your contractor if they know more cost-effective materials to help reduce the cost. Remember when designing to a budget there are always alternatives.