Building a Budget for Your Project

Building a Budget for Your Project

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Within the working experience of Interior Design, you learn fairly quickly that no two homes are ever exactly alike, and neither are budgets. The market as it stands today is heavily diluted with all sorts of items with a tremendous marginal range of quality and price. As a result, finding the right interior designer in Chicago, Illinois becomes a pretty overwhelming process, on top of excavating what price you should be willing to pay for these items. After all, everyone is looking for the best price on the market for their finalized composites. Yet, everyone has their own standards of what they are willing to pay for towards any given piece, which can lead to all sorts of confusion about where you yourself might stand. To help you navigate through this clutter, here are some tips from the perspective of an Interior Design professional to help you figure out your budget.


Setting a budget for your scope of work isn’t for the faint of heart. The painful truth is without an expert to help navigate through the chaos; it takes a profound amount of time and energy to figure out what you will need and what you are looking for. In almost every project, the bulk of resources and time spent is on the items and products you choose to buy into your space, including appliances, furniture, and decoratives/accessories. So whether it’s working to makeover the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or a complete home renovation, you must be prepared to know what items can go into each room and which features are included in every different price point.

However, suppose you are working with an Interior Designer. In that case, this part of the process is taken care of by the designer themselves, who presents a master list of items for their clients and will go through every possible type of item that can be included in the final design. This includes everything from prominent items to what materials and furnishings you would need, to overlooked details such as shower jets, baseboard finishes, window treatments, pulls and handles for kitchen cabinets, etc. Though it can be a long and tedious part of the process depending on the scope of work we’re looking at, it helps avoid any surprise inclusions, which can either force you to go over your budget or leave you with an incomplete final product.


Now, after you have composed your list of items and know exactly what you want and need for every inclusion in your project, it’s time to look at what features are included at each varying price point. This is yet another long and time-consuming journey into the nitty-gritty details of everything you may consist of in any part of your design. However, this is an essential factor to consider as it helps guide your budget based on your own standards for each item. Another benefit is that it can help you organize your budget based on your preferences to find what you are looking for at the price you are looking for. However, take caution and also be aware of who you are buying from and how long it will take for the item to reach you if you are ordering online vs. a store.

When hiring a Designer, besides being familiar with the entire discography of itemized possibilities for every working space, their expertise provides an accrued and cultivated sense of what sort of items can be found at every price range and what features are included in these ranges. Based on the client’s personal range of costs and desired total cost, a designer uses their expertise to construct the ideal budget for any given project. Designers can also be a resource and make sure you know exactly what you are purchasing without over or underestimating what you are looking for. Also, when working with companies such as NZ Design & Associates, there are perks to item shopping as our teams go the extra mile and look into cost values and search for the right vendors to provide pieces at or below their retail costs helping you save money along the way in more ways than one.


No matter how much you plan and research for your project, always leave room in your budget for any unexpected expenses. Especially when your home improvement project involves more structural work to be done over cosmetic work. Unforeseen circumstances can arise in all forms, and it’s best to acknowledge their possibility and account for them in your overall budget from the very start. From adding in safety features that you didn’t know you needed to paying return fees on items you may have liked in the picture but didn’t like in person – the unforeseen can be just as costly as they are blindsiding.

Taking these considerations in mind is an embedded craft within the scope of work for any seasoned Interior Designer. When working with full-service design firms such as NZDesign and Associates INC, it’s standard to pin down any possible upcharge expenses as early as the first consult. This way, the homeowner is aware and informed from the start and lowers the chance for surprise costs down the line. Also, with the experience of the Interior Designer signed on for your project, this can significantly reduce the chances of costly mistakes that can come along, including measuring errors, overlooked items, structural upcharges, safety features, and more.


There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into proper budgeting. It isn’t easy, and without optimal preparations in your budget, the process can become a costly trial and error situation that can fairly quickly drain you of all your time and resources before you even get the chance to make notable improvements. However, hiring a professional within this field comes with certain benefits. It can ultimately save you time and money not only within the scope of the project but during the overall lifespan of your home. Contact us for a free Chicago interior design consultation!