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Cost-Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

There's a new breed of homeowners redefining the way homes are built: creative individuals who thrive on the challenge of finding inexpensive materials and using them in innovative ways.

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Custom Isn't the Only Way

Instead of paying top dollar for custom cabinetry, these homeowners built their own. They are made from purple-heart wood flooring and stainless-steel sheets. The handles are plumbing pipes from a hardware store. The countertops are stainless steel found at an old pizza parlor for $50. A sander was used on them to create funky swirls to camouflage the old scratches. Total cost of cabinets and countertops: $3,000.

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