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With $350K, I Gave My Ojai House Arches, Terrazzo Floors, and Even an Impromptu Dog Door

With $350K, I Gave My Ojai House Arches, Terrazzo Floors, and Even an Impromptu Dog Door

How to create old-world Portugal vibes from scratch.

An IKEA Hack Disguises the Not-So-Pretty Stuff in This $11K Kitchen Remodel

An IKEA Hack Disguises the Not-So-Pretty Stuff in This $11K Kitchen Remodel

And a super-simple layout trick ensures everything is in its right place.

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This L.A. Couple Flipped Their Builder-Grade Kitchen to Look Like It’s 1928 Again

All for under $7,000.

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We Made Our Ojai Ranch House Open-Concept—And Saved $4K Doing It

And what it really cost to hire an engineer.

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Refreshing Our Old Kitchen Cabinets Cost Only $100

Which made way for black marble countertops.

This $5K Kitchen Overhaul Makes a Convincing Case for Laminate Countertops

This $5K Kitchen Overhaul Makes a Convincing Case for Laminate Countertops

And for turning design leftovers into a main course.

All the Mistakes We Made During Our $2.5K DIY Kitchen Remodel

All the Mistakes We Made During Our $2.5K DIY Kitchen Remodel

And what we learned for next time.

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Same Cabinetry, Same Appliances, But a Brand-New-Looking Kitchen

There’s room to get creative on a $13K budget.

vintage kitchen with Smeg fridge

We Knocked $100K Off Our Reno Budget With a Little-Known Tax Credit

Salvaged sinks, signs, and cabinets helped, too.

Smart Lighting Was the Game-Changer in Our 200-Square-Foot Family Room Remodel

Smart Lighting Was the Game-Changer in Our 200-Square-Foot Family Room Remodel

Having endless options is key.

Sponsored By GE C by GE

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We Wanted Cedar Walls—But This Affordable Alternative Cost Half the Price

It’s the unexpected hero of our entire Rhode Island reno.

Smart Lighting Is The Centerpiece of Our $1.5K Sunroom Remodel

Smart Lighting Is The Centerpiece of Our $1.5K Sunroom Remodel

No electrician required.

Sponsored By GE C by GE

It Took $150K and a Special Paint to Kid-Proof Our Brooklyn Kitchen

It Took $150K and a Special Paint to Kid-Proof Our Brooklyn Kitchen

With three children under 10, anything can happen.

Sponsored By Farrow and Ball

Shopping Our Own Home Saved Us Hundreds on Our $3K Bathroom Remodel

Shopping Our Own Home Saved Us Hundreds on Our $3K Bathroom Remodel

As did installing the tile ourselves.

This Bathtub Hack Saved Us $700 on Our Remodel

This Bathtub Hack Saved Us $700 on Our Remodel

And you’d never guess the vanity is 30 years old.

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I Covered My 400-Square-Foot Guesthouse in Tile for $500

How I pulled off a truly random pattern.

Elbow Grease and $3K Took This Kitchen From Miserable to Memorable

Elbow Grease and $3K Took This Kitchen From Miserable to Memorable

Think: sanding and staining the floors yourself.

u shaped kitchen wiht butcher block

I Saved More Than $2K by Tiling My Counter-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash

A leveler is critical.