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Why We Decided Against IKEA Cabinets for Our $48K Kitchen Remodel

The cost of going custom is less than you’d think.

We Transformed an Old Porch Into a Laundry Room for $6K

New windows and appliances included.

It Cost Us $25K to Turn an Old A-Frame Into a Scandi-Inspired Getaway

It pays to own a vintage store.

My $40K Exterior Remodel Was an Unexpected Lesson in Landscaping

The pink door was easy. The plants were not.

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This Bathtub Hack Saved Us $700 on Our Remodel

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

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

Think: sanding and staining the floors yourself.

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

A leveler is critical.

$300K Later, Our 130-Year-Old Brownstone Has Its Original Charm Back

“It was basically begging us to get our hands on it.”

We Added 6 Rooms to Our Home, But Only Expanded the Footprint 100 Square Feet

“There was a lot of Jenga-ing that had to happen.”

Building Our Own Plywood Cabinets Saved Us $1,000 on Our Kitchen Reno

The hardware store is your friend.

It Only Took 6 Months for a Pro House Flipper to Double This L.A. Home’s Value

From $675K to $1.3M with clever curb appeal.

With $50K and a Forklift, We Vaulted the Garage and Made a Kitchen

It only takes two people (with practice) to install a beam.

Why Our $250K House Restoration Budget Nearly Doubled by the End

Refurbishing a Craftsman is no joke.

We Saved $3,000 on Pantry Cabinets All Thanks to This Unexpected Mistake

The tiny utility room now has tons of storage.

The Tile for Our Entryway Reno Was $500—The Front Door Was $60

We learned a major lesson about grout along the way.

I Totally Transformed My NYC Rental Kitchen for $7,500

In two weeks flat.

Our Detroit Home Was Valued at $2,300 in 2012—Now It’s Worth Over $400,000

Flipping an abandoned house wasn’t without hurdles.

Almost Half of Our $16K Exterior Remodel Budget Went to Painting the Fence

But it was worth every penny.

We Financed the Renovation of Our Dreamy Desert Inn All by Ourselves

The couple behind the Joshua Tree House strikes again.