I've been sharing my kitchen renovation with you (sorry for the unexpected hiatus last week!). Now, before I let you in on the IKEA plans and the nitty-gritty of the reno itself, let's talk money. It's the giant stompin' elephant in the room when planning a kitchen renovation. Money is also a fast trigger to emotions and judgment, so it makes me a bit nervous to talk about it. There are so many different approaches to improving one's home, and everyone has a different set of priorities in how money fits into that.
Having said all that, the goals of this post are to open up, as much as I can, how my husband and I thought about investing in our home project, and how we made it happen, as well as why I called it "budget luxe." For us, it all came down to this wonderful little thing called a construction loan. (And if you're just dying for a pictorial update, I'm illustrating this post with photos of our kitchen addition going up!)