Top 10 Remodeling Budget Busters

Homeowners show off their cost-cutting remodeling results on Beyond the Box. Creative individuals challenge themselves to find inexpensive materials and use them in innovative ways.

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Imagine having room for a 28-foot fireplace in your home. Now imagine paying to have it built. Using brick or rock could cost anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000. That was too much for one Texas homeowner. He spent a mere $6,000 instead by using recycled sheet metal that he topped off with wax to give it a rusted look. The lower portion is reclaimed barn wood siding and fieldstone that is indigenous to the area.