Bone yards, as the name implies, are places people use to dump old items. There are airplane bone yards, ship bone yards, tank bone yards and even construction bone yards. The most important bone yards to visit for a home remodeling project or a house addition are the one that are connected with window, door and plumbing supply stores. These bone yards offer special order items that either were not picked up, not paid for, or not used for any of a variety of reasons. The store can’t return these to the manufacturer, so they sit waiting for a home or to be sent to the landfill.

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These are wonderful places to find bargains. In the case of windows, BEFORE you finalize your design, find the right style of windows at a bone yard (often discounted 50% off the retail price) and buy the approximate sizes you want. Then finish your design using the size of the windows you have instead of creating your design and then finding the right size window. Doors are more standard in size than windows. If you are flexible about the design, you can find great bargains. Bathtubs, shower enclosures, shower doors, are all available at a bone yard. Again, BEFORE you finish your design, but after you have a good idea of what you want, shop the bone yards, find what they have that meets your needs, and then complete the design details to accommodate the bargain you found. If your house addition or home remodeling project is large and includes several bathrooms, shopping the bone yards can save you $5,000 to $10,000 or even more!

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