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A kitchen remodel can transform your home but it also can be a costly home renovation project to take on. Fortunately, it is possible to create your dream kitchen without blowing your budget. These tips will help you remodel your kitchen and employ the latest trends without depleting all of your cash reserves.

Paint Your Cabinets Instead of Purchasing New

Purchasing new cabinets is often the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel project. If your cabinets are still in good shape, then you can save a lot of money by giving your existing cabinets a fresh look rather than replacing them entirely. Wood cabinets can be stripped and repainted in order to match the theme of your new kitchen. If your cabinets do not need to be repainted or stained, then you may consider simply switching out the hardware to give the cabinets a modern look with minimal effort or cost.

Don't Alter the Footprint of Your Kitchen

Rather than gutting your kitchen and redesigning it entirely, you can give it a new look without changing its footprint. By keeping your plumbing, appliances and cabinets in the same spot, you can eliminate some of the highest costs associated with renovating a kitchen. Maintaining your existing layout will not only help you save money on materials, but it also will significantly reduce your labor costs.

Consider Remnant Stone for Your Counters

A trip to the granite yard will reveal that new stone for your countertops can come with a hefty price tag. Rather than purchasing the perfect stone that is available on the floor, consider asking the manager of the yard if there is any remnant stone available for you to look at. Remnant stone is old pieces of stone that were leftover from previous projects. Many of these pieces are in excellent shape and cost far less than the full pieces in the showroom. If you do not have a lot of counter space to cover, then you may be able to score a great deal on remnant stone for your kitchen remodel project.

Look Into Floor Model Appliances

If you are looking into remodeling your kitchen, then you may also be interested in purchasing new appliances. Brand new energy-efficient appliances may be a luxury item for some but it's still possible to save money and get the latest equipment that works well. You may be able to purchase floor models or models with minor scratches and dents for a fraction of the cost of new appliances.

Do It Yourself When You Can

There are many aspects of a kitchen remodel project that can be done on your own. You may want to consider saving money on labor by tackling a few projects by yourself, such as installing the backsplash or flooring or painting the cabinets yourself.

You can remodel your kitchen on a budget and most people who come into your home will have no idea that you cut corners in order to make it your most affordable project yet. By completing work on your own when you can and reusing what is still in good shape in your kitchen you can refresh the look of the room without breaking the bank.

25 Bothfeld Rd, Newton, MA 02459

Newton Center



Full/Half Baths
***Available August 1st***Single Family home in Amazing Newton Centre location! 4 bedroom 3 and a 1/2 bath plus bonus rooms for office and gym on 2nd floor. Chef's kitchen complete with 6 burner Wolf stove, 2 sinks and plenty of quartz countertop surface to work/entertain on. This Sunny home has plenty of bright and spacious living space. Third floor is finished has lots of windows allowing for the perfect home office or play space. Finished basement with bonus bedroom, full bathroom and laundry room complete the package. Back private yard with patio perfect for your welcome home Labor Day BBQ. Easy walk to Newton Centre restaurants, temples, shops, school and playgrounds. Don't miss this opportunity to live in one of the best neighborhoods in Newton! Absolutely NO smoking, pets negotiable, good credit and references a must.
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Every homeowner seems to come to a point where they wonder if it’s time to sell their home or renovate the one that they currently have. Whether or not you decide to sell immediately, you can start with some renovations to your home that will offer you a big return on your investments and more comfort. Certain renovation projects are more beneficial than others. We’ll go over some of the best projects that you can take on in your home to add value and comfort to your home.

Curb Appeal Pays 

While you may turn to the inside of your home to make improvements first, it’s actually more beneficial to update the outside of your home before you even begin to tackle the inside. Curb appeal can boost the value of your home significantly. 

Check Your Insulation

You can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home by sealing unattended places in the home. Add insulation and sealing right in your attic. This helps to save on energy costs the whole year through. New insulation brings quite a return on value in your home. 

Make Your Spaces Peaceful And Open

If you have plenty of space available in the house, you’ll get a big return on your investment. Add a bedroom to the home if you are able. Expand on the master bedroom to include large closets along with a master bathroom. Some of these renovations can become a bit of an expense, but you’ll be happy you did them when you get a large return on your investment.     

Add A Deck

Adding an outdoor space to enjoy will not only give you financial returns, it will give you an increased sense of happiness as well. You’ll have a new outdoor space that you’ll be able to enjoy for a good portion of the year.

Think Small

Sometimes even small improvements can add returns and more appeal to your home. Does your kitchen need new tile? Could your dishwasher use an upgrade? Maybe the bathroom counter can be replaced. Anything small around your home that’s upgraded can add up. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms of the home that people most desire to have updated. Doing any and all projects in these rooms can have a really big impact on the value of your property. 

After The Renovations

After you complete the desired renovations in your home, live in it for awhile. If you’re still itching to move on from your property, make an appointment with your realtor. There is nothing wasted in doing renovations to your home whether you decide to stay on the property or move on.

This Condo in Weymouth, MA recently sold for $364,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Lauren Brooks - Hillman Homes.

189 Tall Oaks Dr, Weymouth, MA 02190


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Showings begin Open Houses on Sat and Sun 12-2p.m.Stunning three level townhome in highly sought after Magnolia Ridge in South Weymouth.The large light filled kitchen with island has been updated and has plenty of storage. The sunken living room and dining combination has hardwood floors and wood burning two sided fireplace, perfect for entertaining.The master bedroom, located on the second floor, won't disappoint with walk-in closet, dressing area and large master bath, including a jacuzzi tub. The second bedroom located on third floor has it's own private bath.In unit, laundry located on top level.This townhouse has a NEW heat pump (one year old). In addition,vinyl siding,maintenance free deck replaced in last few years.The community has a pool for summer enjoyment. The complex is a commuter's delight as it is just minutes to highway, public transportation and shopping. Please join us this weekend for Open House extravaganza! Seller would prefer an end July close.

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This Single-Family in Wayland, MA recently sold for $1,075,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Lauren Brooks - Hillman Homes.

50 Rich Valley Rd, Wayland, MA 01778


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Welcome home to this bright 4 bedroom 3 full bath split level on cul de sac complete with gracious yard and direct access to the Wayland rail trail. All 4 bedrooms are good sized. The spacious master with ensuite bathroom has a jacuzzi and separate shower. Plenty of living space with skylights and tons of light from the many windows and sliders. Lower level has beautiful natural light and stays plenty warm by radiant floor heat. Entertainers will enjoy the large deck and additional lower deck with hot tub. Oversized garage and loads of storage complete the full package. Upgrades include: Roof 2015 and all 5 skylights replaced, Select windows replaced 2015, Central air conditioning 2016, bathroom gut remodel 2018, lower level deck and hot tub 2019 and generator hook up 2019 (generator included). Offers if any due Monday at 2pm.

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