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How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

Six Tips and One Bottom Line: DON’T SKIMP ON EASY UPGRADES! A kitchen is the most expensive room in a house to renovate. In addition to all the trades (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, paint, etc), large appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, etc), and costly fixtures (sinks, faucets, lighting, etc), you’ll also need to deal with cabinets and countertops (which can cost $10k alone for a 10’x10′ … Continue reading How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

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How to Save Money on a Bathroom Reno

Four Tips: Plan beforehand, Demo (some) yourself, Schedule ahead, and BE OPEN TO TIPS This post gives some tips for getting the lowest-cost bids for typical full bathroom remodels, ones where existing wall locations and major plumbing locations are kept intact. For example: simply replacing a tub surround instead of converting the tub to a walk-in shower, or taking everything to the studs but keeping … Continue reading How to Save Money on a Bathroom Reno

Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

The Challenge? How to make an outdated kitchen in a 750ft2 2/1 apartment condo shine without making the rest of the condo look terrible in the process. This is a pretty common problem, especially apparent if you make a habit of looking at rehab house open houses. To save the cost of full remodels, folks focus on renovating just the bathrooms and/or kitchen to focus … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

Kitchen Reno: the full kind

The upside of a bad kitchen … … is the low bar for making it better! These folks had a quite outdated 1980s vintage kitchen space that was nicely large and worked okay, but didn’t have much else going for it. Dark, uninspired, and not completely functional for a growing family: A full to-the-studs complete renovation redo for a large ~200ft2 kitchen with lots of … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: the full kind

Full Shower Reno

To the Studs (and beyond) These clients had a completely unfinished guest bath space that had been sitting unfinished for awhile. Normally, finishing out a full bath takes just a couple weeks max even with a custom walk-in tiled shower. But this space had some wrinkles needing to be ironed out to achieve what the homeowners really wanted. That’s usually the hangup when it comes … Continue reading Full Shower Reno