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Home Renovation Ideas From $1,500

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Here are three smart ideas from William K. Millholland of Case Design/Remodeling for those considering a small-scale renovation project.

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1 Facelift on the front of the house. Making a house more attractive from the street is an often overlooked project. Add a portico, shingled roof and columns ($8,000 to $15,000). Put slate or brick on top of your basic walkway ($3,000 to $5,000). Replace an old front door and embellish it with new hardware and new chimes ($1,500 to $3,000).

2. Cosmetic makeover of the kitchen. Remove laminate countertops and put in granite or quartz, install a stainless under-mount sink and add a modern faucet ($5,000 to $8,000). Replace an existing floor with hardwood or tile ($3,000 to $4,000 for wood, $5,000 to $10,000 for ceramic or porcelain tile).

3. Closet upgrade. Extra closet space is in great demand. Most people will trade some bathroom space for a closet. Outfitting an existing six-foot closet with shelves, hanging space and shoe racks is something that adds to the quality of daily life ($1,500 and up).

Jura Koncius


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