How to Get a Luxury Remodel without Breaking the Bank

December 2023

Beautiful and bright living room with arched windows, 2 sofas, and a chair
Photo: Boston Globe
How to Get a Luxury Remodel without Breaking the Bank

Creating luxury in a home goes beyond just expensive materials and designer finishes. It’s about creating a feeling of indulgence, comfort, and sensory delight. Here are some key elements that contribute to a sense of luxury in a home.

Space and Flow:

  • Generous proportions: Large, airy rooms with high ceilings evoke a sense of spaciousness and freedom.
  • Seamless flow: Open floor plans or well-connected spaces encourage movement and create a sense of visual continuity.
  • Natural light: Abundant sunlight streaming through large windows adds warmth, brightness, and a connection to nature.

Materials and Finishes:

  • High-quality craftsmanship: Solid wood, natural stone, hand-woven textiles, and custom details speak of quality and care.
  • Layered textures: A mix of textures like velvet, linen, leather, and wood creates visual interest and tactile pleasure.

Sensory Indulgence:

  • Calming sounds: A gentle water fountain, crackling fireplace, or soft music soothes the soul and creates a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Luxurious textiles: Sumptuous throws, plush cushions, and soft rugs underfoot invite you to sink in and relax.

Personalized Touches:

  • Artful expression: Original artwork, meaningful collections, and objects with personal stories add soul and individuality.
  • Clutter-free haven: A clean and organized space allows your design elements to shine and promotes a sense of calm.
  • Hidden conveniences: Smart home technology, automated lighting, and heated floors add an element of effortless luxury.
Luxury bathroom with chandelier, oval free-standing bathtub, and all white tile
Photo: Ceramic Tile Center
Making decisions up-front on your budget and priorities is essential to get the most out of your remodel. As a design-build contractor, we can suggest possibilities for remodeling your home and help you weigh the cost/benefit of your choices to help you get the most out of your remodeling dollars.
Splurge on High-Impact Areas

Instead of spreading your budget thin across the entire house, concentrate your “luxury” spending in high-impact areas that make a significant difference. Spaces like the kitchen and bathrooms often provide the best return on investment, as these are rooms where luxury is most noticeable.

Consider where you can remove non-structural walls or raise the ceilings to create a sense of a larger space and better flow between rooms. Select statement finishes such as marble or quartz countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen or a furniture-like vanity in the bathroom. These focal points can create immediate opulence without requiring a substantial budget for the whole project.

Modern bathroom with backlit mirror and elegant Kohler faucet
Photo: Kohler Smart Home
Choose Timeless Materials
Luxury doesn’t always mean choosing the most expensive materials; it’s about selecting those that stand the test of time. Look for countertops in the kitchen and bathroom made of materials like granite, marble, or quartz in white or neutral tones. Select simple tile designs using porcelain, ceramic, or marble tile for backsplashes and shower and tub surrounds – again in neutral colors. These materials look luxurious, will never look outdated, and add value to your home.


Hardwood or wood-look tiles in flooring provide an elegant touch and are more budget-friendly than other options. Investing in quality materials can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.
A selection of unique chandeliers from Amazon Home
Photo: Amazon Home
Use Lighting Creatively
The right lighting fixtures can transform your home environment, giving it a more luxurious feel. Consider installing statement light fixtures, such as a chandelier in the dining room, pendant lights in the kitchen, or a multi-level lighting figure in a stairwell between the first and second floors. These additions can become focal points, adding a touch of glamour to your space.
Explore affordable lighting options (such as the ones above found on Amazon) at local retailers or other online sites. Often, a well-chosen, budget-friendly light fixture can have the same impact as an expensive one.
By making decisions on your budget and priorities up-front, focusing on high-impact areas, choosing classic materials, and getting creative with budget-friendly options, you can create a luxurious home that reflects your style within your budget.
Ultimately, luxury is subjective. What feels luxurious to one person might not be to another. It’s about tailoring your home to your definition of comfort, beauty, and indulgence. Whether it’s a crackling fireplace in a cozy reading nook, a private balcony overlooking a city skyline, or a spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub and heated towel racks, focus on creating spaces that truly pamper your senses and bring you joy every day.

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