Cost-Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

There's a new breed of homeowners redefining the way homes are built: creative individuals who thrive on the challenge of finding inexpensive materials and using them in innovative ways. Here are the results of 10 kitchen renovations.

Use Stud Space for Shelves

Architect Fiona O'Neill came up with a great cost-saving idea for the kitchen of her northern California home. She saved $1,500 by not shelling out money for cabinets. Instead, she used the stud space inside the walls to add shelving. It's an idea borrowed from Victorian architecture. She says it does take some preplanning so that a builder doesn't put electrical wiring or plumbing pipes in that space. To cover it up, she uses recycled doors hung from a track. Hardware cost: approximately $250.

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