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5 Ways to Save Money on Remodeling Your New Home

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:15

If you plan to remodel your new home and look to save your budget, it doesn’t necessarily mean the quality will shrink. If you manage to distribute the main expenses rationally, remodeling can turn out to be a great experience. Let’s see what exactly you can do to save some of your renovation budget and create a fabulous home.


1) Textured Walls

It is not necessary to fix all the rough areas on the walls and try to make them perfectly smooth. If the layer of wallpaper and plaster hides a textured brick wall, don’t hesitate to reveal it. A brick background makes it easy to create a striking interior.

If the wall has too many defects, you can save some money by simply applying a layer of plaster in a deliberately sloppy strokes. Next, paint them over with the color you chose. Vinyl wallpaper will also be a nice option to hide uneven walls. Note that wallpapers with the large print require a lot of adjustment which means you are going to need more materials. For this reason, using the wallpaper with a fine small print will be more economical.

A great way to save on remodeling is to use glass tiles for your walls. The variety of choice is amazing and given the durability of tile, you’ll get your wall needs covered for many years ahead.


Lastly, don’t go for the curved walls and multi-level ceilings. By definition, they’re more expensive and rarely justified in terms of design. This also applies to the door openings. A rectangular arch is cheaper and almost always more appropriate than a rounded one.


2) Durable Floors

If you plan to change the floors, don’t try to save too much on a subfloor. Any defects will become obvious soon and the floor will be squeaking and creaking every now and then. It will then cost you an incredible amount of money to fix everything after the remodeling is over.

An inexpensive material which looks good is laminate. A preferable option, however, is floor tiles. They are more strong and durable and will serve you for many years to come. 



3) A Stylish Ceiling

The best (and the cheapest) way to update the ceiling in your home is to prime the surface and cover it with a water-based paint. However, be prepared to the fact that the ceiling will have to be updated periodically as the paint is not particularly resistant to moisture. This solution will be especially useful for the new buildings (in a few years, once the house is all set, the paint is likely to crack so you won’t regret losing expensive materials).

Alternatively, you can clean the ceiling and put the wallpaper over it. Dense vinyl materials will not only save you the money but will also create a unique home decor.


4) Old Furniture

Buying kitchen or living room furniture units is always a costly part of the remodeling process. There are some ways to save, though. For example, IKEA has a great discount system which can often compensate you for part of the money you spent. Likewise, many of the major retailers offer discounts if you purchase several pieces of furniture from the same brand.

Also, do not neglect the old furniture. If you have a couple of chairs from different sets, arrange them around the dinner table and decorate the kitchen with some retro decor. Oftentimes, designers are specifically looking for the antique shops with the old furniture to create a vintage interior.


5) Add Natural Light Without Bringing New Windows

Everyone wants their home to be full of natural light. However, cutting new holes in the walls, adjusting the framing, installing new windows and buying window accessories is not only terribly expensive but time-consuming too.

Fortunately, there are a few great ways to make your home lighter without breaking your budget. For example, you can:

        make white a major color in your interior or use bright wallpaper;

        curtains should only be thin and bright. Avoid dark blue, grey and brown colors as they absorb all the light;

        decor materials with a slight pearlescent effect increase light reflectance;

        the color of the floor is no less important. It should match the color of the wall materials. Lacquered surface will reflect all the light and make your home lighter and airy;

        bright paintings, cushions, floor vases and houseplants dilute an excessive color uniformity which can evolve once you start using lots of white;

        chandeliers, floor lamps, wall lamps, table lamps with light-colored or colorless transparent shades and caps will be an excellent choice.


There you go – 5 great ways to save your money when remodeling your new home. Consider them next time you plan your renovation budget so the remodeling process goes more smoothly and hassle-free.




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