Showing posts with label Kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitchen. Show all posts

July 25, 2010

Expensive Versus Affordable Fixtures

Sometimes, people think that inorder to achieve huge impact in the home decorating, you need to spend plenty of money buying the most expensive fixtures and accessories to replace the existing ones. But nowadays, we have wide variety of product options to choose from both expensive and non-expensive, so we just have to shop smartly and wisely. More affordable fixtures and accessories can do wonders just like the expensive ones.

For those who have plenty of budget, being able to get the best quality is an easier task because quality products made with really lasting materials and good-looking finishes come with higher prices. But the more affordable items are becoming more competitive with their workmanship and can compete with the expensive ones as far as style and function.

Having plenty of budget is not always the case for everybody when it comes to home decorating and home renovation. The good new is, buying the most expensive one does not always mean its best solution for you. For instance, it doesnt make sense to buy a $500 faucet when your sink, cabinetry, and countertop will be out-of-place especially when you are not thinking of upgrading them too. If you have a laminated countertop, a really nice chrome-finished faucet that is priced around $50-$150 will work wonders too instead of buying a $500 faucet. One really good thing to consider is to buy the same finish as the rest of your hardwares and fixtures in the room or the whole house, so that you achieve uniformity and its more pleasant to the eyes.

Same goes with shopping for windows and doors. We originally had hollow plywood-type doors that we replaced with a nice stylish Santa Fe doors. It only cost less than $100 per door compare to the custom ones which is around $500-$1000. I love the look of custom doors specially the wood works but for what we need and with the budget that we had, the Santa Fe doors work really well with the space as well, it has style and it served its function really well too.

Written by Jazevox of http://ourflip.blogspot.com

November 6, 2008

Buying Store Display Products

One of the most expensive renovation in many houses is usually the kitchen area which can easily range from $5000 to $50,000. Most homeowners nowadays demand top-notch, high quality kitchen cabinets, state-of-the-art home appliances like refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove range. But these things dont come cheap at all. Most double door stainless steel refrigerator can range anywhere from $1000 to $3000, depending on brand, quality, performance, and added features. Dishwasher prices range anywhere from $200 to $1500 depending on variety of factors like branding, functions, design, maker, etc. One, if not the most expensive expense in kitchen renovation is cabinetries and countertops which can range anywhere from $1000 to $25,000 depending widely on quality, material, as well as branding and added functionalities and state-of-the-art upgrades and conveniences features like lazy susan in corner cabinets, pull-out drawers, etc.

Although, it is not widely advisable for everyone because you sometimes compromise best quality and flawless product, but buying store displays clearance can sometimes be great finds because they are mostly great bargains. Stores sometimes clearance off old store displays of their products inorder to replace it with new models and new arrivals. Although, some clearance items have damages and have signs of wear and tear from all the store customers examining such product displays, but most of these items are never been used before, and work just like brand new items fresh from the box! Minor scratches and bents maybe bothersome at times, but with savings of more than fifty (50) percent off or possibly more, sometimes it is worth dealing with little flaws and boxless products.

We recently bought a store display customed cabinets for more than 70 percent off the store listing price, it was such a great deal. It is in great shape, some little scratches in some of the wood, but the overall appearance is great and they still look very high-end. Although, we needed to modify the layout of the cabinets and countertops inorder to fit with the kitchen we are working on, with some rearranging and few ommissions of cabinets, we were able to work the clearanced store display cabinets and make it work with the kitchen. On the positive note, it is great to have a high quality cabinets without paying the high price.

The only pitfall with buying store display clearance items is that you have to learn to deal with imperfections, damages, and flaws sometimes, other times just boxless. To get an amazing deal, clearance buyer may need to do some thinking and lots of creativity to make the item work with the existing place somehow. Because with clearance items, what you see is what you get, there are not a lot of choices, you need to think outside the box and think of ways to make it work. If you cannot find ways to make it work, another option is to pay the full regular store price and save the headache :-)

Written by JazeVox of http://ourflip.blogspot.com
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