We all know in this economy and with gas prices at record highs we all need to watch our budgets. But if money is no object, stop right now and call me, here’s my cell (916) 747-3726
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Just because the golden goose has stopped laying eggs, does’nt mean you have to give up your big remodeling ideas. You can still have the perfect new kitchen, bathroom or room addition - you just need to choose your options wisely. We have been helping many Sacramento homeowners like you for over 37 years. Below are 10 insider tips to having your dream remodel or addition on a realistic budget.
Don’t replace, refinish
If your cabinets are in good condition, you might want to consider refinishing them rather than replacing. This cost effective measure provides your kitchen with a whole new look without the expense of new cabinet purchase and installation.
Choose neutral colors
Have you ever noticed how much less the white or almond colored appliances were compared to custom colors. Another great point, when it comes times to resale your home, neutral colors have better value and more potential buyers.
Choose laminate instead of hardwood
When it comes to flooring, hardwood flooring is very popular. But, it can also be quite expensive. Today, there are many laminate options with the look of wood that are easy to maintain and last a long time.
Chrome Baby Chrome!
You can really stretch your faucet and plumbing fixture dollars by choosing chrome. Chrome is one of the least expensive finishes available. If you are looking at an affordable option, you can look at fixtures that combine chrome with another metal like nickel or brass.
Back to Laminates
This time, laminate countertops. There is a really big difference in price from granite and marble counter tops to laminate. Today, there are many more options to choose that appear to be stone, tile or other more expensive surface. This may be one area that you choose to leverage your dollars.
Choose fiberglass for shower and tub enclosures
Using ready made fiberglass tub and shower enclosures will save you money over tile or Corian® type enclosures. Not only do you save on the cost of material but also on the labor.
Whether you are looking to add the polished look of new baseboards, chair rails and wainscot, or crown moldings. You can save using pre-finished trim, thus avoiding the time and materials to prime or stain.
Here’s another way save on interior door replacements. Ordering prehung doors complete with hinges and frame, speed the installation process saving you money.
Hollow Core Doors
This is another cost-saving detail. Instead of using solid core doors which are heavier and more costly, consider using hollow core doors for the interior of your home. But we caution you, these types of doors are not for entry or exit from your home. These doors are great for bedrooms, closets and other rooms in your home.
Direct Vent Fireplaces
If you are considering adding a fireplace in your master bedroom retreat, or other room in your home, a money saving idea is to use a direct vent model. Direct vent fireplaces allow venting directly to the exterior of your home without having to penetrate your roof. These types of vents are UL rated and avoid the cost of having to build a chimney.
Hopefully this article has given you some ideas for ways we can help you save money. Anthony Graves Construction has been helping Sacramento homeowners with their remodeling projects for over 37 years.
And YES, that was really my cell phone! If you would like to discuss your kitchen/bathroom remodel or room addition, please give me a call (916) 747-3726. And if you have any additional ideas, we would love to hear them, please comment below.
About the Author
Anthony follows in the footsteps of his father, Bob Graves. Having worked side by side he spent years learning the ins and outs of home construction and house remodeling. In 2000, Anthony was promoted to project manager, running his father's company and continued in that capacity for four years. At which time, Anthony obtained his own general construction license.
Founded on a strong work ethic, the company specializes in bath and kitchen remodels, room additions and elderly accessibility upgrades. Anthony Graves construction is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau.
Anthony Graves Construction proudly provides kitchen and bathroom remodeling, room additions and aging in place renovation services in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom and surrounding areas. Home remodeling is a smart investment and can increase the value of your home, and Anthony Graves Construction strives to be your aging in place and remodeling solution. Sitemap | Privacy | Contact Us