Smart Home Remodels: Where to Save and Where to Splurge

When remodeling a home, it’s easy to get carried away with ideas galore of how you want to craft each aspect of a room. As much as we’d love to re-create our ideal HGTV dwellings, our budget is often quick to bring us back down to earth. But that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish the projects you hope to — it means that you must do so deliberately. Let this list serve as a guide on where to splurge and where to save during a home remodel.

The Kitchen

Splurge On…


Lighting is perhaps one of the most crucial design elements of any room as it is known to affect mood, perception of space, and much more. And since kitchens are, by nature, one of the most high-traffic areas of a home, achieving a functional and desirable ambiance is key. To do so, indulge in variations of lighting, including decorative lighting fixtures, strip led lights for use as recessed lighting, and even under-cabinet lighting.

To make the most out of this splurge, incorporate smart lighting options such as LED light bulbs or automated lighting control devices. For instance, the Google Smart Light Starter Kit allows you brighten, lower, and turn on and off lights by simply using your voice. Starter systems range from $50 to $200 but can turn out an average savings of $75 annually.

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Kitchen Cabinets Costs 2021: Framed vs. Frameless, Pros & Cons

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If you’ve decided to do a kitchen remodeling project, you know the biggest part of the design will be the cabinets.

Not only the new cabinets need to be aesthetically pleasing, but they also need to be functional and appropriate.

If you can find well-built cabinets made of quality material, then you’ve hit the kitchen cabinet trifecta.

With all the choices available today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to choose. This guide will help you navigate the cabinet buying process including styles, materials, costs, and pros and cons of various options.


The total average cost (including materials and labor) to install European style frameless cabinets in a typical 10-by-10 kitchen will range between $4,750 to $6,950, depending on the choice of contractor doing the work, cabinet manufacturer, materials and your home’s location or the local real estate market dynamics.

Did you know? All else being equal, it will cost about $1,000 less to supply and install basic face-framed cabinets compared to frameless cabinets.

Framed cabinets can be more difficult to install, but they can be safely hung on uneven walls, making them more suitable for uneven wall layouts and oddly shaped kitchens.

Framed cabinets are also available in a greater variety of styles and materials.

The pricing difference between the two kinds is mostly in the material cost of cabinets; Frameless Shaker Door style cabinets (material and supplies only) will cost between $3,500 to $4,000 for a typical 10-by-10 kitchen, while comparable cabinets with face frame will normally cost about $1,000 less for all the materials and supplies.

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Amazing DIY Bathtub Design Ideas and Cost

Is this the time you replace that dingy bath tub to give your bathroom a touch of beauty and style it deserves? 😉


Between your budget, personal needs, space limitations, materials and aesthetic design preferences, this guide will help you zero-in on your dream bathtub.

bathtub surrounded by natural stones and design candles

Placement Options

If you are replacing an old tub, or installing one into an existing bathroom space, than you may face certain limitations as to the type of tub you may be able to install.

Your existing tub, especially if it was a built-in one, walled from three-sides, may only allow you to install the same size/type of tub, only a different material.

Similarly, the size of your bathroom and its other fixtures such as a shower, toilets, sink and cabinetry may limit the location and size of your new tub.

You can significantly increase your bathtub options, if you are willing to spend more money on major modifications to your electric wiring, plumbing, possibly rearrange/move other fixtures or do a gut renovation.

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