It's almost inevitable that when you're discussing a project—be it a remodel, a new build, an extension, or even a coat of paint—someone will ask what it costs. Whether it's family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues, you can bet there will be someone who won't mind asking what you've tried to keep quiet. I wasn't ready for the question of cost—or at least hadn't thought about it enough to be prepared with an answer I was comfortable with—so when my neighbor asked what our extension was likely to cost, I panicked, and in lieu of a better response, I told the truth. And I wish I hadn't. Are there better responses than the awful truth?