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    How To Save Money On A Home Renovation

    Renovating your home is a good way to keep it looking beautiful and increase the property value, but it can also be expensive. After you have spent months or even years dreaming of what you would like to achieve by making wish lists, pouring over books, magazines, blogs and creating Pinterest boards, the time finally comes to make you home dreams a reality. You are so excited to get started, you even have a little extra money in the bank.

     

    How to prep your home before a renovation. Simple checklist that walks through key considerations for home improvement project success.

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    If you are working with a contractor you might end up surprised by a lot of extra fees that weren’t in your budget. With that in mind, here are some ways to be sure you have negotiated effectively so that you can save money on your next home renovation.

     

    Prepare A Budget At Least 3-12 months in advance.

    Create a detailed budget months in advance. Use a computer template or printable so you can keep track of exactly how much you will be spending.

     

    Printable Kitchen Remodel Checklist. Don't forget to budget for every detail of your kitchen renovation. This free printable checklist will help!

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    Prices of lumber and building materials fluctuate so be sure to be aware of what current pricing is before starting the reno.

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    Home renovation projects can be expensive, so it is important to budget beforehand. The last thing you want to happen is to run out of money halfway through your project, as you might have to live in what looks like a building site for months on end. So, before work begins, work out the cost of the supplies you will need, the people you will need to hire, and factor in these hidden expenses too. Then make sure you have those extra reserves in your bank account, as you might need to pay out more should anything go wrong during your project. A pipe could burst, for example, or you might encounter another unpleasant surprise. By taking care of the financial side of your renovation, you will have one less thing to worry about.

     

    Shop Around

    While you may have found the most helpful sales associates at your favorite hardware store, they’re probably not going to turn around and tell you that their competitors may be cheaper. That’s why you need to find sources of impartial advice. You can use websites that will compare prices from lots of different companies and give you the best price.

     

    Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors

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    For example, if you go on the empire flooring website, you can type in the service you need and your address and they’ll find all of the companies in your area and tell you which the best one.

     

    Document All Price Quotes

    First you want to get price quotes from at least three different contractors. This will help you in negotiating the best possible deal. No matter how much you may personally like a contractor, it is imperative that you get all quotes and agreements in writing before renovations begin.

    Aspen Custom Millworks | Techniques | Negotiating | Home Builders The best way to cut your costs is to properly plan with Southern California home builders. Homeowners need to know how to negotiate with Southern California builders to get better deals, whether the goal is to build a dream house or remodel to cater to changing family needs.

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    Working with contractors can be confusing. You might be positive they quoted one price, then they suddenly turn around and tell you it’s going to be more expensive after they’ve already started, leaving you no option but to pay the extra costs. You can mitigate these stressful events by keeping legal written documentation.

     

    If you've hired a contractor for a home renovation, rest assured that this professional will get to know you really well.

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    In some cases, prices changes can’t be avoided because of increased materials cost etc. but you should take steps to make sure the contractor can’t increase the labor costs half way through a job. Before you agree to anything, get all of those quotes in writing so you can produce the documentation if there are any disputes about the agreed price.

     

     

    4 Things You Should Always Negotiate with Your Contractor #purewow #home #renovation

    Four Tips For Negotiating With Contractors

    Some things, mainly materials, will be fixed price but most of the time the labor costs will be negotiable. A lot of people just get a load of quotes and then pick the cheapest one without challenging the price. But a lot of the time, if you tell a company that you want them to do the work but you can’t afford their price, they’ll be a little flexible with it. It’s also a good way of getting them to add smaller bits and pieces onto the job at no extra cost. You never know if you don’t ask so always try to negotiate. Of course you want to find a reputable  contractor. For more information, check out these telltale signs of a dodgy tradesman, and steer clear if you spot any of them when you are approaching local firms. 

     

     

    DIY And Save Thousands

     

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    Lastly, don’t forget to save money by doing it yourself! There are tons of DIY home renovations that even a novice can do to save money.Chances are, you can even find a friend or two to pitch in and help, or at least keep you company!

     

    When to Call in the Experts

    You might be very adept at DIY, so there are probably some tasks you can do yourself. You might be able to wallpaper your living room, for example, and tiling your bathroom might be something you have no problem with. However, if you are unsure as to your abilities to do something successfully, find the help you need. Some jobs can be very complicated, such as replumbing a bathroom or making over a basement, so despite the expense, don’t hesitate about hiring a plumber or a basement remodeling company when dealing with those tricky rooms. Yes, you will have to pay for their services, but you won’t have to endure the financial and practical consequences of your mistakes should you make any.

     

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    If you are planning a home renovation these tips can help you make the event less stressful.. With a little extra planning and budgeting, you can save a lot of money on your home renovation. Best of luck in making your home dreams a reality!

    Amber

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    Bathroom Remodeling: 5 Reasons to Install a Glass Shower Door

    Bathroom Remodeling: Five Reasons to Install A Glass SHower Door

     

    There are many factors to consider when planning a bathroom remodel. Maybe the fixtures in an old bathroom are beginning to wear, or perhaps the room’s decor just doesn’t line up with the rest of the family’s home. Regardless of why homeowners want to remodel their bathrooms, they should check out the following reasons to install a glass shower door before getting started. Read more

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    Project Kitchen Makeover Planning: Beadboard Options

    Kitchen Makeover Planning: Beadboard Options

    Hey everyone! If you have been following the blog for a while then you know that my husband and I have been planning to redo our kitchen but we haven’t rushed into anything because we don’t know exactly what we want. Well, we are finally making some progress in that we have made a firm decision to start doing some serious planning! We have been getting nowhere just tossing out ideas, so I thought it might be good to document the ideas in blog posts and use the posts to sort of help us along in the process. I have always loved the timeless look of beadboard in a kitchen. I actually wouldn’t mind having it on our ceilings, cabinets or backsplash, or all three areas! Here are some photos I am using to help me sort through all the beadboard kitchen options.

    Lots of houses have it — that awkward space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. In my house it's a favored cat hangout (no lie, my roommate's cat is quite the climber), but in most homes it just collects dust. Here are seven ideas for what to do with that awkward gap.

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    Considering Beadboard 

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    25+ Attractively Chic Kitchen Beadboard Backsplash Inspirations | DivesAndDollar.com

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    When we first moved in five years ago we gave our wooden cabinets a DIY chalk paint makeover in a creamy antique ivory color. Our cabinets are similar to the ones in this photo and we are also hoping to give them a face lift by adding trim and corbels. I love how beadboad looks with this style and color of cabinetry. Another option is replacing the doors since our door style is alittle dated and  the cabinets are in good condition. 

     

     

    25+ Attractively Chic Kitchen Beadboard Backsplash Inspirations | DivesAndDollar.com

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    I also love the idea of some type of undermount cabinet lighting like  high bay led lights.

     

    Traditional Kitchen with Bead Board #beadboard #kitchen #kitchenideas #kitchendecor

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    It’s important to have plenty of light on the countertops so you can cook safely. Under cabinet lighting is a great way to make sure that you can actually see what you are doing. You can also lighting for ambiance.  Inexpensive strip lights are easy to install yourself, but they will make a huge difference.

     

     

    kitchen with white cabinets and black marble countertops-love the beadboard basksplash

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    Right now we still have the cheapy fake tile backsplash that was here when we bought the house. I painted it the same color as the cabinets so it doesn’t really stand out. I really love the look of tile but I am not sure about the maintenance. Of course there are easy ways clean up the grout work these days like handy dandy grout paint pens. 

     

     

    Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen Decor Belsnickel Santa Belsnickle

    The breakfast nook area has an updated faux brick wall and it is the only part of the kitchen I really ever show on the blog or IG. I just realized the only full kitchen photos I have are from holidays. Here is a picture from this past Christmas showing the fake tile that is currently in our kitchen. The counter top is also near 30 years old so we will be replacing it. It is in decent enough shape to repurpose in the basement so that is a plus.

     

     Beadboard Ceilings

    When we update the kitchen cabinets the ceiling will have to be changed as well since some of it will have to be removed during the renovation.

    Adorable Cottage Kitchen Fall Tour Coffee Station

    When we first moved in five years ago my husband covered the popcorn ceiling using wood panels and trim similar to the photo above. Popcorn ceiling removal is not too hard to do but with all of the attractive options for covering them these days we decided to go that route. It looked great for a while, but after he “beefed up” our living room ceiling with cofferred beams the kitchen ceiling seemed to look like an after-thought.

     

    The ceiling in the living room is stained wood, and the kitchen ceiling is painted white. You can see straight into the kitchen from the living room, so we would rather have contrasting ceiling styles because right now it just looks like the kitchen ceiling trim hasn’t been finished out since it is so much less ornate than the living room. The kitchen ceiling doesn’t look bad on it’s own and it was a great option for covering the popcorn ceiling when we moved in, but my husband and I both agree that a different ceiling style would look better when we update the kitchen and we are leaning toward beadboard.

     

     

    So, your rental apartment or newly-built home didn’t come with coffered ceilings or pressed tin tiles? Set your sights above that unsightly popcorn or drop ceilings you’ve been dealt.

    Right now our kitchen has too much clutter the goal is to make it seem more airy, open and light. I want to achieve a mix of farmhouse and French country styles in our new kitchen, so I think beadboard would be a great choice. It is a possiblity that we could keep the coffered trim and add beadboard panels inside each section. I think it would dress it up a lot. Since some of the trim is going to have to be torn out when the cabinets are reconfigured, I am not sure if this will be an easy upgrade, but it is an option.

     

     

    French Cottage Kitchen Inspiration

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    I honestly love the look a simple beadboard ceilings and I think it is my first choice. I know my husband is not opposed to the idea because it is pretty easy to install and not nearly as time consuming as the other options. If I lean more toward French decor, farmhouse style, cottage style or even more of a historic-vintage look in the kitchen, the beadboard will be appropriate for any of those styles.

     

    Glossy white beadboard ceiling flaunts white and gold Goodman hanging lamps in a white cottage kitchen.

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    There are different sizes and widths of beadboard too, so we will probably get some samples to see which would look best in our kitchen.

     

    Cozinha de inspiração campestre - muito legal a ideia de colocar uma balança antiga que, além de ser utilitária, funciona como decoração

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    8 Unconventional Sliding Glass Door Alternatives - Housessive

    One of my biggest home dreams is to create an opening from our kitchen to the patio. I would love some pretty french doors or even a sliding door. I have often seen patio style doors for next to nothing at the Habitat Restore. If I happened to find a sliding door needs that needs a little TLC it could be easily fixed by a sliding door repair company.

     

     

    This post is sponsored by RYOBI, where you can become a member of RYOBINation and have access to all kinds of awesome free tutorials online! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  After we ripped out the tile and granite tile in our kitchen to fix the water damage (see here), we decided to replace the granite...Read More »

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    We are shooting to begin some type of remodeling in our kitchen beginning this fall. Over the next few months we will be busy gathering samples, taking measurements and taking some steps to making this kitchen makeover a reality. Deciding exactly what materials to use and what look we are going for is the hardest part. We also want to keep the makeover budget friendly so shopping around for the best prices and labor is also part of the process. Choosing a new countertop is also on the agenda. My husband will be doing  a lot of the work but we are going to hire someone to install the countertops so all of that has to been taken into consideration with the budget planning.

     

    Kitchen Makeover Planning: Beadboard Options

     

    We are shooting to begin some type of remodeling in our kitchen beginning this fall. Over the next few months we will be busy gathering samples, taking measurements and taking some steps to making this kitchen makeover a reality. Deciding exactly what materials to use and what look we are going for is the hardest part. We also want to keep the makeover budget friendly so shopping around for the best prices and labor is also part of the process. My husband will be doing  a lot of the work but we are going to hire someone to install the countertops so all of that has to been taken into consideration with the budget planning.

     

    What are your thoughts on using beadboard in the kitchen? I love hearing from you, dear readers!

    Thanks for visiting today!

    Amber

     

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    Home Ownership 101: Top Safety Features For Modern Kitchens

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    Hello and welcome back to the Home Ownership series! Over the past couple of months I have shared a lot of inspirational kitchen posts, from French country, to farmhouse, to ideas for maximizing space and creating big style in small kitchens. Today’s focus is a little more practical, but very important: kitchen safety. It is easy to get carried away in the design and decorating when building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one, but safety should always be a concern. Here are some top safety features for modern kitchens.  Read more

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    Home Ownership 101: How To Make A New House Feel Like Home

    How To Make A New House Feel Like Home

    Most homeowners would agree that there’s a huge difference between buying a house and creating a home.  A house is a physical structure that can simply be purchased, whereas a home is something that evolves over time. I have moved many times over the past few years, as my husband and I have enjoyed the process of renovating and “flipping” a few houses. While it can take a while to truly bond with a house, here are a few tips I have learned that will help you get settled in and connect with your new home as quickly as possible.

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    One of the best tips with regard to making a new house feel like home is to take immediate action and build momentum before you get overwhelmed by a house full of boxes and totes. It’s best to get started cleaning, unpacking, and organizing as soon as you take possession of your new property.  First things first however…if you notice any pests or other household problems, you may require the professional services of a company like ABC Home & Commercial.It’s obviously best to take care of these prior to unpacking! Once you are sure you are pest free, then it’s on to the cleaning!

     

    Checklist for everything you should clean when moving into a new home

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    It is very important to thoroughly clean your new home before unpacking and getting settled in. In addition to the rational, scientific need to clean in order to kill germs, the emotional aspect of cleaning your new home is a powerful process as well.  There are many emotional benefits of cleaning your new home.  In the process of deep cleaning you will have the chance to connect with your new house and feel united with the space. You will become acquainted with every nook and cranny and start to get a feel for your new space, as well as what it will need to become your true home over time. Above is a wonderful cleaning checklist and blog resource you can check out for some fantastic cleaning tips when moving to a new home.

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    Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home: 200+ Amazing Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and More

    Almost every house will have an scent that lingers after the previous owners have moved. If your home is a new construction, it may also smell like new building materials. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to clean the air while filling the space with a familiar and comforting scent that will help you feel more at home. It can also promote a positive and uplifting vibe.

    Don’t rely on essential oils to mask the smell of mold or mildew! If you suspect or see any signs of mold in your new home, immediately contact a mold remediation company or local restoration contractors.

    Unpacking

    The longer you leave things cluttered in boxes, the more overwhelmed you will feel. Even if you don’t have a budget for all of your dream home improvements, new furnishings and decorating extras, you can make your house feel like home by getting settled in as quickly as possible. Start by unpacking clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, as well as stocking the kitchen cabinets and setting out anything else that provides general comfort. The old quote, “how do you eat an elephant – one bite at a time” is really just an analogy for this principle. While the task of unpacking may seem overwhelming, if you create a strategy you can get the job done effectively. There are many resources online to help you unpack in an an organized manner. 

    Anyone Moving? 20+ Tips and Tricks to Make Moving Easier! – How Does She

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    Make Your New Home Your Own

    It’s important that your house feels like it belongs to you from the start. There’s a strong chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and preferences in terms of its style. Even if the house might have been stripped back to the basics, and you are starting with a  blank canvas, there’s still likely to be a feeling of it belonging to someone else. Therefore, it can be symbolic and celebratory to add a brand new decorative piece as soon as possible in  your new home. I really love some of the popular farmhouse style signs or throw pillows that can create a “welcome home” vibe.

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    If there is one thing that you will find that most people overlook when it comes to renovations, it is the importance of natural light. When you are creating brand new spaces in the home, you should be mindful of how light interacts with the room.

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    Your family is also likely to have certain items they feel a strong emotional connection with. Just like a child with a teddy bear, there’s often a few pieces of furniture that just feel like home… whether that’s an old coffee table you’ve had for many years or a painting that’s been in your family for generations.  While it’s important not to clutter your new home in the first few weeks so you can get a good feel for the type of decor it really needs and to let it “speak” to you first, it always feels good to put out a few photographs or favorite familiar decorative accents that allow you to immediately start feeling more at home in your space. Perhaps a cute wreath on the front door with your family’s initial is a great place to start.

    Smaller Version of The "Louisa" Wreath :) Intricate Designed Summer Wreath, French Country Wreath, With Moss, Burlap and Hydrangeas

     

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    While only time can truly help you bond with your new home, following these simple suggestions shared here today can help you feel more comfortable in your new space if you have just moved.  Even if you have lived in your home for some time, a good deep cleaning, decluttering and decorating with personal items can help you bond with your home. Most importantly, you will find that home is where the heart is by concentrating on making memories with family and friends no matter where you live. When I get frustrated with not getting any projects accomplished on my home “to-do” wish list, I  slow down and practice gratitude for the home I have, and simply refocus my priorities on celebrating family time within our home. If you are struggling with the stress of a move or are dissatisfied with the current home you have, I encourage you to try this last tip. It works for me every time!

    Enjoy your home my friends!

    Amber

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    Home Sweet Home Script Design White Wash 25 x 24 Inch Solid Pine Wood Pallet Wall Plaque Sign

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    Home Ownership 101: Simple Ways To Make Your Home Safer

     

    Winter is an important time home maintenance and upkeep to ensure our homes are safe and cozy during the coldest month of the year. While we often spend lots of time dedicated to making our homes look beautiful and feel comforting, it only seems logical to consider the safety of our homes at the same time. Here are some simple tips to make your home safer. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Home Ownership 101: Five Home Repairs To Make ASAP

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    Welcome back to the Home Ownership 101 series! Today I am sharing a short post highlighting Five Home Repairs To Make ASAP. While there may be plenty of home improvement and DIY projects you would like to get around to in the near future, there are some home repairs that simply can’t wait due to the damage to your home or health risks associated with them.  Read more

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