Jean Brownhill, Founder of Sweeten
How to Save
A “rip and replace” renovation, where you don’t change the locations of fittings or appliances, is especially cost-effective. Also, commit to the design and materials early—and don’t change your mind mid-construction.
Where to Splurge
Spend on the things you touch on a daily basis, like doorknobs or the faucets on your sinks.
Division of open-concept spaces—if you’re working from home, you don’t want to hear your partner’s phone call or your kids in the next room—with materials that allow for openness but also acoustic separation, such as clear-paned glass.