We’re seeing a record number of people moving to Star Valley.
Real estate is hot. We’re in a seller’s market with not enough inventory for the demand.
But we aren’t the only ones.
It’s like that everywhere.
I think people are building because of the low interest rates and the chance to get out of the city, but we’ve been dealing with building material shortages for awhile and the end’s not in sight….yet. This is requiring homeowners to think about what they really want and be more creative on how resources are allocated.
That being said, what I’m going to share next won’t compensate for being conservative with the size of your home. It’s still the number one reason people go over budget. They want to build their dream home, and it’s hard to tell say “no” to all the bells and whistles when your “forever home” is in process. That’s an email for another time.
If you HAVE been conservative and aren’t maxing out your credit or on the verge of becoming house-poor, there’s a trick I use to keep my faucet costs down.
One of the first things I do is “pick a metal” for the house.
And then I don’t stick to it.
What does that mean?
Decision fatigue is real when you are building a new home or renovating. I get it myself, and since I’m making decisions for others all day every day, I do other things that help me NOT have to think when I’m not working, like making menus for the week and keeping a simple wardrobe. But I digress….
You’re going to have to decide on everything from light fixture finishes, to cabinet hardware, to door hinges in nickel, gold, black, oil-rubbed bronze, etc.
To reduce decision fatigue along the way, I choose a MAIN metal for the project. To keep it even simpler, I simply say silver, gold, white, or black. It helps down the road when decision fatigue sets in.
Once that’s decided, I know that I’ll always mix the metals together, like the picture above. You really don’t want to stick to one metal for everything throughout the house. Mullets and puff sleeves may be back in style, but we aren’t going to adopt THAT 80s style of decorating again.
But back to faucets: when it makes sense, I choose CHROME faucets to mix with my main metal. As far as style goes, the shape of the faucet matters much more than the finish.
They are the most affordable version of every faucet is the chrome finish. If you change it, you’ll be paying as much as $200 more per faucet. That adds up quick.
See the photo above for a reference.
Hope that helps!
Happy building everyone.