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!

Roll up your sleeves
Roll up your sleeves
The original front doors to the house (which had been in the basement for decades) were a bit the worse for wear. But that didn't mean they couldn't be spruced up. Chris and Liz stripped the original finish themselves, then Tom and TOH master carpenter Norm Abram reglued some joints and patched the worst spots with epoxy. Some new tempered and insulating glass, and the elegant 1916 doors with egg-and-dart detail were ready for action again, for only $480 in materials. Similar new doors could have cost $2,000.

What They Saved: $1,520
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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