Designing the Perfect Home on a Shoestring Budget

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Purchasing a home takes a lot of money during the initial transaction. The location and structure might be perfect, but the interior needs some work. With most of your funds tied up in the mortgage, it’s often difficult to come up with extra cash for a complete, interior design. There are affordable options, however, so that you can design the perfect home on a shoestring budget.

Use the Walls

Your home might have a small size, but you can still have ample storage and display options. Don’t clutter each room with extra furniture to hold items when you can use the walls as an alternative. Add cabinets, shelves and other accessories that will decorate the walls along with creating a functional aspect within the space. Extra dishes, trinkets and photos can line the walls so that the overall room looks large and uncluttered. Simply measure the usable, wall space before adding any nails or other fasteners. Planning the installation out will only improve the resources under a tight budget.

Pick Non-Seasonal Colors

Select furniture and wall colors that can work well with any season of the year. Blue, gray and other basic colors fit in with any season because they’re essentially evergreen types. These colors can keep the home looking fresh year-round. If you choose colors that must change with the seasons, such as orange, the yearly cost will be considerable. Plan to change the colors in several years when you update the space with fresh paint. When you want to celebrate the seasons, simply use throws, pillows and other accessories to accent the space.

Arrange the Plumbing Fixtures

Before buying a home, an inspector gave the plumbing a careful examination. All of your pipes should have a clean bill of health at this point. Some Utah County plumbers know how important it is to inspect your pipes regularly. Design your home with extra plumbing fixtures where you deem necessary, such as at the laundry system or along the exterior patio. Use valves for shutoff purposes so that you’re always in control of the additional features. If you add another bathroom to the structure, use the established plumbing and connect into it for drainage purposes. Avoid any complex plumbing additions so that your costs remain low.

Consider Wall Removal

Depending on the original design of the home, you may have an unwanted wall that’s dividing one room from another. This wall can actually cast a shadow onto your dinner or office area. As long as the wall isn’t a load-bearing type, you can technically knock this structure down to widen the rooms. Natural light can fill the space, and it will look much larger. Fit oversized furniture inside the space, or fill the walls with photos that are now easy to see.

Thrift Shopping

Brand-new furniture is relatively expensive, and your tight budget may not allow for it. A clever solution is in the form of thrifty or vintage shopping. Seek out a second-hand store, and start looking for quality chairs, tables and couches. Don’t be disappointed by any torn or faded fabric. You mainly want the frame of the piece so that you can add your own fabric to it. If you can find a piece that’s entirely intact, you have a treasure for your own design. As you shop around, be aware of current pricing for new furniture so that your second-hand costs are about half of that amount.

Some items, such as solar or low-voltage lighting, are usually worth the cost of purchase. Because these electrical products improve your bills over time, they may end up paying for themselves when you own the home for a year or longer. Think practically about your design options, and your shoestring budget will quickly be enough for every desire.

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