Prior to retiring I used to spend very little time at home. After my first attempt at retiring I spent enough time at home to realize that my decor was really boring and not optimized functionally for post-retirement life. So I decided to remodel. Because I work from my home, a pleasant environment, along with things that function properly are important to me, so I understand what you're saying.Setting a realistic budgetI have found the best way to strike a balance is to figure out how much one can realistically expect to recover for the type of project you are doing--and then I don't go above that figure.When I remodeled I went over everything that needed doing with my contractor. He supplied the basic construction materials and gave me a fixed price for his part of the job. I then made a huge list of all the things I was required to purchase, which included all the plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, cabinets, tile, countertops, carpeting, paint, sinks, bathtub, med cabinet, etc. Next to each item I placed an estimated price. Sometimes to get the estimated price I had to visit Home Depot online, and although I didn't use their lowest-priced items, it did give me an idea of the cost of things.Once my list was done, combined with the fixed contractor price I had a budget. So, when I lusted after something that was priced above my estimate, I had to save that money somewhere else in order to buy the more expensive item. Without my list, I don't know how I could have disciplined myself. One visit to Expo and it's easy to see how lust can take over.I'm very comfortable now, and I'm pleased as punch with my kitchen!2old
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