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Most Inexpensive but Resilient Materials to Use When Remodeling

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So, you’re going through a remodel—our condolences. We kid, we kid. While no one knows more than us that going through a remodel in your home can be inconvenient, envisioning what it will look like when crossing the finish line will get you through. Being well-informed and prepared is another way to make the process easier, including knowing what materials to use.

In an ideal world, all our homes would overflow with mahogany accents, stainless steel appliances, and original hardwood floors. Unfortunately, this isn’t realistic for all or most of us. Read on if you’re looking for sturdy supplies that won’t break the bank. We suggest the most inexpensive but resilient materials use when remodeling.

Vive Le Vintage

Not only are vintage fixtures and other items a hot trend right now, but they’ll also cost you less than buying something that’s brand new.

If you have the time, monitor online sites, hit flea markets, and frequent architectural salvage shops. You never know when you’ll find a vintage farmhouse sink or a claw-foot bathtub that will allow you to be frugal while making your house look fabulous.

Choose Less Expensive Options to Cover Walls Than Tile

If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show, you’re likely familiar with beadboard. A row of narrow wood planks that line up vertically, beadboards have indentations or “beads” between each. You might get it confused with a wainscot, which is similar, but the wainscot is generally put together in boxes below the chair rail.

Beadboard is often used for the entire wall and is less formal than wainscot. When it comes down to it, both are lovely and less expensive options than adding tile backsplashes and more. Another alternative to tile is—all you HGTV junkies say it with us now—“shiplap”.

Home improvement shows love for their shiplap. And once you see its ability to elevate the look of an otherwise plain bathroom, you’ll know why. It’s not just Chip and Joanna Gaines who have been shocked by shiplap time and time again.

Of course, nothing renews the look of a room for less money like a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes it’s all you need for a minor home renovation, as it’ll make things look brighter and cleaner.

Bonus—you can get the whole family involved or leave the painting to professional. If you’re renovating to sell – a professional will do a better job than any amateur.

To sell your home, you’ll want to choose neutral colors that allow prospects to envision themselves there.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Some people might not realize that entire repositories for used items exist in the form of not-for-profit house-part recycling centers. And while this is mostly about reusing items, some places sell new bathroom sinks and kitchen cabinets.

Builders and designers donate job-site surplus in exchange for a tax deduction. Some showrooms even donate display models. The centers then sell to the general public at a cut rate.” Talk about a win/win.


Inventory tends to pile up when people aren’t renovating (November and December) if you’re in the northern hemisphere.

Turnover is higher from May to October, making this the optimal time to hit one of these up to find the needed materials.

Faux Hardwood Flooring

Gone are the days when one could point out faux hardwood flooring immediately. Not only are many of the “fake” options these days stunningly gorgeous, but they are also often easier to maintain.

Repairs to hardwood flooring can be costly. When the faux options are nearly as gorgeous as the real thing, it’s a no-brainer. Laminate flooring is what many people choose, as it’s water-resistant, clean-looking, and durable. With plenty of stylish faux options like laminate and bamboo, it’s hard to envision spending the money on the real thing.

You don’t have to choose top-of-the-line materials to have a home remodel turned out amazing. Consider these tips when renovating your home on a budget and your house could be fodder for an HGTV show.

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