Creating a budget for your next design project

Budgeting for Materials in Your Home Renovation

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “how much should I budget for furniture?”  This is a really tough question since we don’t know what specific pieces will be selected until we actually select specific items and get final pricing. In order to assist with the estimation process, we have come up with this guide which will help guide you in determining how much your furniture may cost you.  If you find something that seems out of line, or if you think there should be a furniture category added, please leave us a message in the comments section. Happy estimating!

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Item Level Pricing Starting At What Your Money Gets You
Prices do not include taxes, delivery or installation
Cabinetry Better $300/lin. ft. Semi-custom designs, wood veneer
Best $500/lin. ft. Custom designs, solid wood, hand-rubbed glazes, decorative details
Countertops Better $35 – $40/sq. ft. Solid Surfaces
Best $40 – $55/sq. ft. Natural stone
Flooring Better $5/sq. ft. Ceramic tile, slate, hardwood
Best $15/sq. ft. Natural stone
Countertops Better $35 – $40/sq. ft. Solid surfaces
Best $40 – $55/sq. ft. Natural stone, quartz
Flooring Better $3/sq. ft. Ceramic tile, slate, hardwood
Best $15/sq. ft. Natural Stone
Lighting Good $150 In-stock overhead light fixtures
Better $250 In-stock pendant fixtures and select recessed lighting
Best $1,000 Chandeliers, recessed and directional fixtures
Sink Good $100 Drop-in design, acrylic, porcelain
Better $400 High-grade stainless steel
Best $600 Integrated solid surface, under-mount or apron-fron designs
Faucet Good $80 Basic two handle
Better $150 Single lever, pull-out sprayer
Best $200 Wall-mounted designs
Dishwasher Better $400 Rinse-and-hold cycle, multiple spary arms, sound insulation, tall tub
Best $800 Quiet cycles, stainless steel tub, delayed-wash timer
Range Hood Good $100 Under cabinet, two-speed control, incandescent cooking light
Better $500 Four-speed control, halogen cooking light
Best $800 Strong power, downdraft exhaust, “decorator” canopies and custom designs
Range Better $500 Unsealed gas burners or Electric-coil
Best $1,000 Sealed gas burners, grill, dual burners (inner ring for small pots and pans)
Wall Oven Better $750 Electronic control or Gas, delay-start control
Best $1,500 Double ovens, glass-touch controls, convection cooking
Refrigerator Good $400 Top mount freezer, manual defrost
Better $500 Bottom mount or side-by-side freezer, frost free
Best $1,000 Built-in, water and ice dispenser, large capacity
Microwave Good $40 Countertop and over-the-range models
Better $150 High wattage, quick-touch cooking controls
Best $500 Convection cooking
Sofa Good $900 In-stock selection of fabrics, MDF and some hardwood construction
Better $1,200 Selection of fabric from manufactuers swatch deck, mostly hardwood construction
Best $2,500 Custom fabric options (CFA), solid wood construction, down custions
Accent Chairs Good $450 In-stock selection of fabrics, MDF and some hardwood construction
Better $900 Selection of fabric from manufactuers swatch deck, mostly hardwood construction
Best $1,500 Custom fabric options (CFA), solid wood construction, down custions
Side Tables Good $100 Fiberboard construction, assembly required
Better $500 Hardwood veneers, dovetail drawers, some assembly required
Best $900 Solid hardwood, dovetail drawers, minimal assembly required
Floor & Table Lamps Good $60 In-stock light fixtures, plastic or metal materials, no dimmers
Better $200 Metal body, some fabric, dimmer or 3-way switch, optional metal finishes, plug-in or direct wire
Best $500 Optional metal finishes, optional fabric options, plug-in or direct wire.
Rugs Good $350 Acrylic, basic selection of colors and pattern
Better $950 Wool, wider selection of sizes, colors and pattern
Best $1,500 Hand-knotted, custom sizes, higher density
Cabinets, Buffets & Hutches Good $500 Fiberboard construction, assembly required
Better $900 Hardwood veneers, dovetail drawers, some assembly required
Best $1,500 Solid hardwood, dovetail drawers, minimal assembly required
Beds Good $400 Fiberboard construction, basic upholstered headboards, assembly required
Better $1,200 Hardwood veneers, mid-grade wrapped leather, mid-grade wrapped fabric, some assembly required
Best $2,00 Solid hardwood, distressed finishes, some assembly required
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