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Save piles of cash with these affordable home improvement tips.

Home Improvement on the Cheap

With all signs now pointing at a downturn in the economy, CNN Money has 11 home improvement tips that can spruce up your home on the cheap. The list:
  1. Buy square edge, standard color or remnant stone countertops.
  2. Use stock moldings instead of custom ones.
  3. Purchase container plants when planting for privacy. Container plants cost much less than plants that have been grown in the ground.
  4. Use copper pre-fab roofing.
  5. When buying a bathtub, skip the jets and salvage a claw-foot.
  6. Cut tile yourself. This step can save you about 30 percent of the cost.
  7. When hanging windows, gang together stock double-hungs.
  8. For a dramatic hardwood floor, buy inexpensive oak and apply an ebony stain.
  9. Use a kit and less modules when creating a closet organizing system.
  10. Use stock kitchen cabinets when building a built-in media center.

Read in-depth descriptions of each tip at the CNN Money web page.


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Home improvement - use surface protection

05/11/2008 01:21 PM blakeray1

Any home improvement project should have surface protection protecting all surfaces. During construction, accidents happen and for a couple bucks you can protect the floor, tub, cabinet, counter, and carpet. One damaged fixture or floor will bring your cheap home improvement project and turn it into an expensive nightmare. Protect your fixtures during the construction process. Hope this helps



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Home Improvement Money Savers

08/06/2008 09:24 AM 697295a

I have found that using the concrete surface already present, or using a concrete overlay saved money. We put a decorative stamped overlay in our bathroom, stained it with a terra cotta acid stain color, and sealed. It was done quickly, and at a fraction of the cost for tile.


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