Home Renovation: Where to Splurge and Where to Save

The words “home renovation” delights some, while sending tremors of fear down the backs of others. There are no two ways about it – updating your house requires both time and money. You may find as you’re renovating your home that things you thought were at the top of your list, fall to the bottom after seeing the price tag. But, there are ways to make the changes you want without becoming totally overwhelmed and over budget. Here are some of my tips for where to splurge and where to save when embarking on home renovation projects.

Areas Where You Should Splurge:

The Exterior

Let’s face it – it’s the first thing people see and you want it to look good. Whether it’s new paint and a trim job, adding shutters or building a new deck, curb appeal is important. Opting for low-quality upgrades will be one of your biggest remodeling regrets and one that greets you (and your guests!) every time you pull in the driveway.


When it comes to appliances, it makes sense to splurge on the ones you use more frequently. This would include things like the oven and refrigerator. Keep an eye out for discount home and kitchen appliances. Steer clear of trends and stay true to what will work best for you and your family’s needs.

The Living Room

Odds are that the living room is where you spend most of your time, so make it a comfortable, bright space that the entire family will enjoy. Take your family’s needs into consideration and design or remodel around them. Additions like vaulted ceilings, windows, a media overhaul and comfy furniture help you get there.

Sustainable Energy Upgrade

Renewable energy is far from a trend. Go beyond just turning the lights off and incorporate clean, alternative energy into your home renovation. It’s an upgrade that will save you money and help the planet in the long run.  The use solar panels, wind and geothermal options, among others, greens your home and lessens our reliance on nonrenewable energy sources.

Walk-In Steam Shower

This is one of the upgrades I desperately want in my remodeled home. Get every day started off right by beginning it in a luxurious shower. Turn the ordinary stall into a steam shower, benefitting your skin, your sinuses and your overall mental clarity. It’s like a visit to the spa without ever leaving. It will be one of the greatest investments now and in the resell value of your home.

Areas Where You Should Save:


Cabinet upgrades can get pricey quick. Have you considered giving the cabinets you have a quick upgrade via a new paint color, a new finish and some hardware? If you know for sure you want to go with new cabinets, bypass expensive custom options and opt for pre-manufactured options. Just make sure it’s clean, streamlined, high-quality cabinetry.

Kitchen Countertops

Countertops don’t have to be pricey granite to look and perform great. Look into ceramic, wood and concrete options to give your kitchen some edge that goes beyond current trends.

Light Fixtures

High-concept fixtures go hand in hand with high prices. Keep it simple when it comes to light fixtures. You can find many DIY light fixture options if you’re the crafty sort. Remember, in order to save money, allow the emphasis to live elsewhere in your home.


It doesn’t have to be fancy to be great. Sometimes, the simple, clean lines from tile purchased at Home Depot can achieve a look that’s just as aesthetically pleasing as more expensive options.

Crown Molding

If you love the look but not the price, consider going with chair rail or wainscoting instead. If your heart is set on crown molding after weighing your options, YouTube might become your new best friend, guiding you in the art of self-instillation.

Above all else, remember that home renovation is an exciting process that achieves results you will enjoy for years to come, so shop around and plan ahead, but also, have fun! By doing some splurging and some saving, you’ll end up with a space that’s uniquely yours.


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