If your budget for the remodel or addition is limited, you can save money during construction by using less expensive items, such as fixtures, faucets, blinds, etc. with the intention of replacing them later with more expensive items. For example, it is very easy to replace a simple, generic shower head in a new bathroom with a massaging shower jet head some time after the project is complete. You can change the shower head yourself. The same can apply to some hardware. For example, you can install your kitchen or bathroom cabinets without knobs or drawer pulls and add these hardware items later. If you need to cut corners in a bedroom or family room, you can install an inexpensive ceiling fixture during construction and replace it with a lighted ceiling fan later. If you are planning your design to be functional into the future, you can install simple door knobs during construction or renovation and replace them later with lever door handles.


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