I.E. Remodeling Solutions a Division of David Fabbo
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How can I keep cost down?
How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
Be ready to make a compromise here and there. Here’s a guide to a few lower-priced substitutions that will give you a look similar to pricier materials.
Less expensive sub
Less moulding details
Panels applied to freestanding models
Stainless steel finish with standard features
Patterned laminate or have stone covering a small space in the kitchen and laminate, tile, or butcher block throughout the rest
Patterned vinyl or laminate
Sinks & faucets
Vinyl-covered rigid foam
Structural beams and rafters
Decorative beams and rafters installed below the ceiling line
Plan to do some of the work yourself.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that do-it-yourselfers tackle:
Tearing out the old cabinets
Taking up the old vinyl flooring
Handling trash removal during construction
Painting or wallpapering
But seek professionals for:
Plumbing and electrical work
Installing new cabinets
Put some of the architectural details and other accents on hold until you’ve chosen—and paid for—the less optional elements, such as the appliances. You can add the special touches later.
Distinguish between your needs and your wants. Start with the following checklist. Check all those that need replacing or that you simply can’t live without.
Range Refrigerator Dishwasher Trash compactor Garbage disposal Microwave Range hood Warming drawer Wine chiller Hot water dispenser Built-in icemaker Second dishwasher Extra refrigerator or freezer space Bar sink Television Radio More electrical outlets
Tilt-down drawer for sponges Spice rack Built-in wine rack Appliance garage Bookshelf for cookbooks Breadbox Cutlery storage area Recycling area Divided tray storage Computer work area Lazy Susan storage Adjustable shelving Divided silverware drawer More drawer storage More shelf storage Glass door fronts
More counter space Island area
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry offers these cost-saving tips:
Save 10 percent to 20 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs.
Reuse existing appliances.
Keep the same kitchen layout.
Choose neutral colors and standard options.
Use the existing floor or choose a less expensive option such as vinyl or laminate.
Forego special interior cabinet accessories.
Choose simple trim and mouldings or none at all.
Use stenciling on the backsplash instead of tile.
Choose laminate countertops dressed up with a wood or tile trim.
Costs that can creep up on you include:
The need to upgrade the electrical service panel
Termites or carpenter ants in the walls, floor, or windows
Leaks in the walls from bad plumbing
Structural problems that need to be repaired
Rotten window frames
Damage to adjoining rooms during construction
Load-bearing walls knocked out by mistake
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At David Fabbo can meet all your home improvement needs. No job is too large or too small. Call us at 877-322-2699 or 908-212-1249 to set up a meeting and get an estimate for your job. Or email us by clicking on this link: Home Improvement Estimate
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