This fireplace with its wood mantel, tile surround and a granite hearth cost only $1,200. By shopping salvage yards and doing the labor themselves, these homeowners were able to save a bundle.
This once completely unfinished attic was turned into extra living space with an adjacent full bathroom. Total cost of the project was a little over $18,000 – that includes everthing -- all new floors, walls, insulation, plumbing, closet system, furniture and bathroom fixtures.
The wainscoting came in easy ready-to-assemble kit that includes the caps and shoe molding – an 8-foot length costs about $150. The archway molding was also a budget-friendly kit that cost about $400.
Cheer-Up the Laundry Space
This mudroom had cinderblock walls and concrete floors. Colorful click-lock flooring cost $800, new framing, drywall and paint just $900. A closet and built-in storage cubbies were only $500.
Wood Shop and Garden Shed
A rundown garage was transformed into a workshop and gardening spot. It costs the homeowners a few thousand to upgrade the electric, replaster the walls, install new rubber flooing and add a new garage door. They shopped flea markets and were able to get work tables, shelving and a cupboard for just $320.
Find Ways to Barter
These homeowners had a cousin install this built-in entertainment center. He traded his skills for a case of beer. Find someone to make a deal with – offer to babysit, mow their lawn or run errands in exchange.
Splurge on Materials, Save on Labor
These homeowners were able to splurge on recycled-glass countertops, mosaic-glass backsplash and stainless-steel appliances because they saved money by DIYing wherever they could.
Use the Leftovers
Materials left over from the kitchen remodel (previous photo) were used to make this window seat.