If your home needs remodeling, but your budget doesn't jive with your plans it can be pretty frustrating. Enter: Affordable Remodel. Its mission is to simplify the remodeling process from start to finish, help you make the right decisions, and steer you clear of the pitfalls that can cost you time and money.
Fernando Pagés Ruiz, the author of Building an Affordable House, shares his secrets in Affordable Remodel, showing you how to save money without compromising on quality. Whatever your "ideal" update, here's the know-how to achieve it - with change to spare.
- Guides you every step of the way, from envisioning the possibilities to fait accompli!
- Smart, practical ways to plan a budget and stay on budget.
- Explores your many affordable method and material options.
- Charts, checklists, boxed features make essentials fast and easy to grasp - Remodeling vs. Relocating, Quizzing a Contractor, Prioritizing Home Repairs, Nailing Down Specs and Scope, much more
- Special "Pro Tips" and "Trade Secrets" share insider know-how for saving money and ensuring a successful job.
- Expert advice presented in layman-friendly language.
- Over 400 full-color photos and drawings. (Look for the "$" captions on photos throughout . . . these flag low-cost ways to achieve the same impact of the much costlier improvements pictured.)
"To squeeze full value from every remodeling dollar, you've got to make wise choices in materials and construction methods, then learn how to affordably reproduce million-dollar details. These twin themes are at the heart of this book."
From the Introduction
I have spent the better part of my 30-year construction career focused on achieving high-end looks with pocket change. Call me cheap, but I have enjoyed building and also living in luxury homes that don't pull at the purse strings. If you also covet architecture slightly beyond your means, take heart - there are ways to live the good life affordably.
The chapters ahead reveal many of the money-saving options available in remodeling today. I discovered some of these techniques and materials while remodeling my own properties and others by interviewing top remodeling contractors around the country. With the power of insider knowledge you too will find ways to achieve the home of your dreams without violating your budget.
About the Author
Fernando Pagés Ruiz
has been building and remodeling for more than two decades, constantly challenging himself to find new ways of creating "champagne" homes on "beer" budgets! He is a regular contributor to Fine Homebuilding magazine and host of a weekly home remodeling radio show.