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5 Ways to Save on Home Building or Remodeling Projects

Trying to build, or remodel, a home is costly enough. Trying to do one or the other while also trying to finish it with a stylish look without breaking the bank can be more challenging.

Here are 5 money-saving tips and tricks picked from Builder magazine’s 10 Ways to Save on Your Interior and Exterior Finishes.

  • Salvage Yards. Reuse centers and salvage yards might not be ideal for high-volume builders, but they are great for small builders and remodelers looking for character-filled architectural elements such as flooring, bath vanities, urns, fireplace mantels, and doors.
  • DIY Frosted Glass. Regular flat glass is boring, but some architects have solved this problem by sandblasting or frosting their own and popping them into cabinet fronts and doors. Frosted glass spray creates a semi-transparent effect, and can be handled in three hours.
  • Hip Faucets. You could stick with the traditional faucet brands if you have money, but if the budget is tight you might want to investigate other brands and other sources. Besides, Consumer Reports says that better valves and tougher finishes are now common on all but the cheapest faucets so you don’t have to worry.
  • Happening Hardware. You could change the look of a kitchen just by using cool hardware that stand out. Again look to non-traditional sources for inexpensive options.
  • Creative Countertops. Most buyers want granite (or some other solid surface), even when they can’t afford it. Solid wood is a happy medium. Butcher block reminds buyers of grandma’s house and adds a warm look to a kitchen.

Read about and view the rest of 10 Ways to Save on Your Interior and Exterior Finishes, including a photo of beautiful polished plywood flooring. Yes, plywood.

Posted on July 19 2011