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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!

Stick with stock
Stick with stock
A kitchen can be outfitted for a lot of money--with custom cabinetry and paneled appliances--or for a whole lot less if you order up off-the-shelf items. Chris's seaside-cottage look was easy to achieve with stock white cabinets and beadboard doors; white appliances blended right in. But even some nice finishing details were created with stock items. The panels on the side of the refrigerator and the island are actually pieced together from affordable stock cabinet doors, rather than custom pieces.

What They Saved: $1,025
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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