Remodeling Savvy: Affordable Luxuries for Your Home
Affordable Kitchen Luxuries:
Granite countertops: Natural stone countertops, such asgranite, marble and soapstone, are considered to be the
Even if youre remodeling on a budget, you can have those luxuries that seem out of reach. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, basement or even considering an addition, architects and interior designers have the insider tips to making those remodeling luxuries more affordable. Read on so you can, too.
Affordable Kitchen Luxuries:
Granite countertops: Natural stone countertops, such asgranite, marble and soapstone, are considered to be the height ofelegance and will last longer than most kitchens. While natural stonelooks very attractive, when installed in solid pieces it is the mostexpensive countertop option.
Make it more affordable: A less expensive option that will offerthe same appearance is to have the stone installed in pieces. Once thestone is cut into squares it can be applied like ceramic tiles withgrout. An added bonus: the individual squares can be easily replaced ifseverely damaged. Or consider a granite overlay on your existingcountertops.
Stone tile backsplash: Whether it be granite, marbleor other natural stone, if you have a stone countertop, you'll want tofinish it off with a stone tile backsplash to protect your wall. But,as always natural stone is expensive.
Make it more affordable: Rather than adding the usual horizontalbacksplash, consider turning those tiles sideways (like a diamond).This provides a unique look and also saves on the number of tiles you will need.
Custom cabinets: With a seemingly unending selectionof finish options, trims and cabinet configurations designedspecifically to fit your kitchen, custom-built cabinets can trulypersonalize a kitchen in a way that standard cabinets do not.
Make it more affordable: Get the look of custom-built cabinetsat a
lower cost by ordering semi-custom cabinets. Simple modificationssuch as height, depth and width can provide a more finished look.Mixing cabinet heights throughout the kitchen creates a furthercustomized appearance.
Wood flooring: Wood flooring is a beautiful option throughout a home, but it may be out of your budget.
Make it more affordable: Consider laminate. Laminate woodflooring, such as Pergo , is much less expensive and available in avariety of wood grain patterns. Even more important, the average eyewill not be able to discern the difference.
Ornate crown moldings: Crown moldings is a great wayto add architectural elements and interest to an ordinary room. Themore ornate the molding, however, the higher the cost.
Make it more affordable: Rather than using large, expensivemoldings, try purchasing smaller molding that can stack together tocreate the illusion of the larger, more ornate pieces.
Affordable Bathroom Luxuries
Brass bathroom fixtures: Brass and nickel are at the top ofthe line when it comes to bathroom fixtures, but they also come with atop-of-the-line price tag.
Make it more affordable: Yes, brass or nickel bathroom fixturesare more expensive, but combining one of these finishes with chromecreates a popular, two-tone look which can stretch your budget further.
Jacuzzi tub: Bathrooms have become a haven from therest of the world and there's no better way to relax than to soak awayyour stress in a jetted tub.
Make it more affordable: Consider installing a one-personwhirlpool tub. Not only does this cost less than the traditionaltwo-person, but it can also fit in the footprint of standard bathtub soyou will not need to do additional construction on your bathroom tocreate space.
Radiant floor heating: Waking up to a warm bathroom ona chilly morning is certainly a luxury. Radiant floor heating isinstalled underneath your bathroom tile to heat up the floor and keepthe room warm, helping you ease into the day on the coldest of mornings.
Make it more affordable: For a less expensive option to heating up that bathroom, try recessed infrared heat lamps to beat the cold.
Affordable Basement Luxuries:
Fireplace: A fireplace can do wonders to cozy up a basement,but installing a traditional brick fireplace after a home is built canbe very costly not to mention difficult. A gas fireplace will costless, but also requires the proper ventilation which may be difficultto install later. And, a difficult job always costs more money.
Make it more affordable: A simulated fireplace is all electricand requires no ventilation. Though not providing a real fire, thefireplace does provide the illusion of flames as well as some heat,offering a nice spot to cozy up in front.
Natural stone flooring: Natural stone flooring, such as granite, marble, or slate is very hot right now, but also expensive.
Make it more affordable: Install ceramic tile reproductions forthe same look at a lower cost. These reproductions are a greatalternative at a lower cost and many homeowners can't tell thedifference by looking at them.
Expensive wall treatments: Adding texture to walls hasbecome a popular way to finish them. Walls can be covered in wood,fabric, heavy natural papers (not wallpaper) and other materials, butthe cost of these materials, not to mention the labor, can add up.
Make it more affordable: If you can't afford it, faux it. Fauxpainting can mimic nearly every texture that exists and some you'venever thought of putting on your walls. Faux painting incorporatesdecorative and special paint finishes, such as glazing, sponging,ragging, wood graining and even freehand designs. Textured products canalso create three-dimensional effects. Products applied in can look andfeel like real stone, crumbling masonry, or peeling paint for aEuropean country look. Textured paints containing solid materials likesilica can make walls resemble suede. Other popular finishes includelinen, grass cloth or denim.