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.

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In this Lincoln, Neb., home, Kyle and Mike Rabino wanted copper accents in their kitchen without paying top dollar for the real thing. So around their kitchen island, they installed a metallic laminate that mimics the look of real copper, which saved them more than $5,000. They also got a great deal on a copper sink for their wet bar; they bought it on eBay for $100. To top off the look, they added what looks like copper tiles to the backsplash; it's actually just copper-colored foil that Kyle hand-wrapped over cheap white porcelain tiles.