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 Lady Lake, Fla., homeowners Holly and Judd Dickerson came up with some innovative ways to make their kitchen look custom without breaking the bank. They spent about $24,000 on standard cabinets created by a national manufacturer, but they turned a few of them sideways and added shelving to make them look custom. Instead of expensive tile or granite, they bought wire safety glass at a local hardware store, had a glass shop cut it to size and then Judd installed it as a backsplash. The cost for the glass: about $11 per square foot.