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Remodels: Little ways to save big

Sure, cutting back on high-ticket items conserves cash during a remodel. But as TOH TV showed on the East Boston project, there are other creative ways to save - in this case, more than $70,000!

Reuse existing materials
Reuse existing materials
Liz's kitchen expansion meant that a built-in china cabinet lost its surroundings. Meanwhile, Chris's third-floor laundry area needed a linen closet. Rather than toss aside an attractive feature of the original house, Tom repurposed the leaded-glass cabinet front (the sides and back had been the walls) in Chris's laundry room. New cabinet doors and drawers with that kind of detail would have run upward of $3,700. The labor to move the old cabinet and give it sides and a back cost about $200. What They Saved: $3,500

Total Savings: $70,145
Repair rather than replace Roll up your sleeves Little demolition Rob Peter to pay Paul Use luxuries selectively Adjust to your circumstances Add detail with paint Stick with stock Be open to shelves and doors Reuse existing materials
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