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5 Steps to Your Dream Home

Turn your dream into a reality with these inputs from interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Ever since we were young, we have always dreamed of building our dream home. Whether it’s a comfy resort-like space or a trendy loft, we constantly visualize the features of the space and the pieces that will complete it.

Given our daily, weekly, and monthly expenses—the dream of building a dream home may have taken a backseat. We can't help but think that to be able to build the house that we've always wanted, we need to spend a lot. Fortunately, with proper planning—it can still happen! Interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag shares these five helpful insights.

Set and follow a budget

“A budget will put a zipper on your wallet and help you manage your expectations as you create your dream home,” Ayet shares. You need to assess and determine how much you are willing to spend and save for a stylish countertop for the kitchen or a luxurious bedroom that you've been dreaming about for years.

To help you keep within your budget, consider creating a budget breakdown. This helps you allot a certain percentage of your money for construction, furniture, and accessories, to name a few.

Determine the extent of construction and requirements needed

Once you've finalized your budget, you should now decide on the extent of work that needs to be done. Do you need to build from scratch? Do you renovate your existing space? Do you start with one area first? These are just some of the questions that you need to answer.

"Identifying the construction is necessary because it serves as your guide on where you can spend your budget on," Ayet explains.

Ask for a professional's help

While you can always experiment with decor and try your hand at DIY, having the guidance of an experienced professional is a big plus. He or she can help you maximize your budget while helping you achieve your goals for your space. They may even have trusted suppliers that you can tap.

It's always good to establish a harmonious relationship with your contractor, architect, or interior designer as they will be your partner in realizing your vision for your space.

Looking for a design professional? Click here for a list of professionals that you can work with. 

Upcycle your pieces

Buying new sets of furniture, appliances, and accessories can eat a huge chunk of your budget! Work with what you currently have and consider upcycling them instead. Pieces that are sturdy, energy-efficient, and space-saving should be kept. You may consider reupholstering these or painting them in a refreshing hue.

RL Tip: Remove clutter from your space by scheduling a regular cleaning session. You can do this weekly or monthly. Always check if there are pieces that you can donate or if there are must-haves that need to be repaired.

Comeback Chair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell, Dexterton.

Invest in furniture

If you really need to buy new furniture, purchase big pieces first. It's important that you opt for ones that are sturdy and can stand the test of time. Start with a quality bed frame and a comfortable mattress.

Click here for a list of must-haves that should be on top of your list.

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