If you took the time to set your priorities for your remodel (see above), you will know what you most want or need to accomplish with your project. You also will have identified the elements of the design that are desires rather than needs. You might be surprised to calculate the amount you can save on your project by postponing or eliminating all but a few of the accents and details in your design. Particularly if your addition or remodel will cost more than you initially expected, you can bring your project closer to your original budget by eliminating unnecessary details and accents and by postponing others. A very obvious example might be to delay installing a ceiling fan for a later time. You can do the wiring and install an attractive but inexpensive ceiling light fixture at the time of the addition or remodel. Then install the ceiling fan later, when you have finished paying for the primary work of the remodel.


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