HON­ESTY BOX

Your Home and Garden - - Your Homes -

+ Best lessons learned? Emma: Go with your gut.

+ What would you never do again? I would do it all again.

+ One thing you would change about your home if you could? Put an ex­tra bed­room pod on now!

+ How did your bud­get fore­cast com­pare to your ac­tual spend? Spot on! We en­sured we had fixed quotes to work with.

+ What ar­eas of your home did you save or splurge on? We saved by plan­ning the rooms out and buy­ing only to that plan. Then, once we were in, we added to the ba­sics.

+ Do you tend to buy high-end home­ware or seek out a bar­gain? Seek out a bar­gain. I def­i­nitely didn’t want the bach to feel pre­cious (or to worry about some­thing be­ing ru­ined or dam­aged!).

+ Best ad­vice when it comes to spend­ing money on a home? Ask for ad­vice.

+ How did you keep track of costs dur­ing the build? I love Ex­cel spread­sheets!

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