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.

Blemished Granite

So many homeowners these days are forking out big bucks for granite countertops in their kitchen. They're popular and pricey, ranging anywhere from $60 to $100 per square foot installed. Barbara Zappas wanted a slab of granite in her home in Walla Walla, Wash., too, but she managed to pay only about $20 per square foot. How? She bought one that no one else wanted. Marked with a huge blemish, the store had it on discount. Instead of trying to hide the giant birthmark, she celebrated it by buying cowhide furniture to match.

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