Renovate responsibly – and save

We started our kitchen renovation project with one objective in mind – we wanted to turn the main floor of our home into a modern open concept design. As is the case in most homes, the kitchen is one of the main hubs of activity and our kitchen was certainly no exception. It goes without saying that whenever we entertain, the kitchen is where most people tend to congregate. Kitchen party anyone? By removing a wall, installing an island and freeing up more space, we can get some of those people out of the kitchen and into the living and dining room of the home making for a more comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

Our project is moving along quite well, certainly not at a blistering pace, and this has allowed us to take advantage of some real opportunities to save. Whether it’s taking the time to do price comparisons on materials, securing those handy friends and family members (what a blessing!) or simply taking a DIY approach whenever possible – we’ve maximized our resources and really put a lot of thought into how we can stretch our renovation budget as far as possible. As many of you know, an inexpensive renovation project is almost unheard of but a well planned and well paced project will certainly give you many opportunities to save a bundle.

Check out this week’s video to learn how you can take some simple steps to stretch your renovation dollar. Any other tips? What have you done to maximize your budget? As always, we’d love to hear from you!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula Paine June 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I have to tell you that I have become an enthusiast about these videos. I love the format, the length, the scope and the emphasis on environmental impact. I’m not a big ‘media’ type, but I’m a FAN of these productions and I’m encouraging friends, some of whom are in associated businesses, to view and enjoy. Thanks for great ideas presented in a simple yet sophisticated format!

Maria Riedyk June 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

I go to the Eco-station that recycles paint. We are allowed to pick up 2 gallons per day, so why buy? This really stretches my dollar!

Rich June 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

Great idea Maria! We all know how expensive paint can be and what better way than to reduce waste and maximize your budget. Hopefully you were able to find the colours you were looking for. Thanks for sharing!

Rich June 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

Glad to hear that we’re on to something Paula =) . We appreciate the kind words and are happy to help in any way possible. If you’ve got any suggestions for topics that you’d like us to share, please feel free to pass them along – we’d love to incorporate them into upcoming episodes. Thanks again!

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