BUD­GET

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+ What did you spend on your ren­o­va­tion? Ap­prox­i­mately $500,000.

+ In what ar­eas did you save and splurge? Gemma: We didn’t save any­thing! But we splurged on really good things, like up­grad­ing our join­ery, the electrics and ply­wood.

Greg: I’m glad we ex­tended the bud­get for those im­por­tant things that we have a lot of con­tact with. At one point we were con­sid­er­ing ditch­ing the con­crete wall for tim­ber to save costs. Luck­ily we didn’t – it’s kind of made the house.

+ How did you keep track of costs? Greg: Keep­ing an eye on the spread­sheet and get­ting lots of quotes. Gemma: We kept close track of it for about 90 per­cent of the time!

+ Did you stick to your bud­get? Greg: It was five years af­ter we got the con­sent by the time we did the build­ing, so ev­ery­thing had gone up a lot by then, but we kept it pretty tight.

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