When Oriane and Chris Szekelyhidi walked into this house they knew it was the house. But then Oriane made a list of everything they would want to update to make sure the 115-year-old house was really in the cards—and budget—for them. She budgeted everything from moving walls to door knobs on a spreadsheet and gave both a low- and high-end estimate of what she thought it would cost.
Chris, who works in finance, offered his biggest piece of advice: "Take what you think it’s going to cost and multiply that by 25 percent. That’s your high end. That’s what you need to be prepared to spend." This smart, patient way of renovating made the whole home remodel possible for the cost-conscious couple. They both knew exactly what they were getting into.