Design on a Dime

January 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Housing experts say the continued slowdown in home sales means owners are staying in their homes longer and looking for ways to maximize their improvements with minimal cost.Kitchens and bathrooms can be the most expensive rooms to renovate, but they also give you the most bang for your buck.

What homeowners are realizing is, you don't have to spend a lot of money to see a drastic difference.

Take a look at this kitchen before. It was dark and seems dated. All it took was a coat of paint to the cabinets and new knobs for a complete transformation. Total cost for this makeover was less than $100-dollars for a brighter, like-new kitchen.

Home Depot's Chris Hammond has the following tips:

A Little Color Goes a Long Way - Paint the Interior of Your House
Adding a fresh coat of paint can clean up and revive any room. Let the experts from The Home Depot teach you how to paint like the pros.

Update the Kitchen or Bathroom - Floors to Sinks to Lighting it All Adds Up
A bathroom renovation provides one of the best returns on home investments at nearly 85 percent. Add pizzazz by choosing faucets, a new toilet, lighting, towel bars and cabinet knobs with a unique finish, like brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze, to give the room a whole new look. Homeowners can upgrade a bathroom in less than two hours by installing a new faucet.

Details Make the Difference - Tiling Floors and Walls
Tile is an attractive, durable flooring option, and it's growing in popularity as a kitchen backsplash. There are numerous reasons that a homeowner should choose tile for their next flooring project, it's a good value, since it doesn't need to be replaced like carpeting or refinished like wood floors. Plus, tile and stone don't trap dirt and dust like carpeting, so they can help people with allergies breathe easier. Finally, tile and stone are durable and require less maintenance.



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