Photo Gallery: Save & Splurge Reno Tips
Advice from designers Catherine + Davis.
Save by mixing high-end and mid-range materials in one kitchen. "Here we used an entry-priced black granite counter with square edge on the main surfaces, allowing us to splurge on the Statuario marble island counter with an upgraded edge profile,&
In this kitchen renovation, Catherine + Davis created a waterfall edge Carrara marble counter, sloped over simple white Ikea kitchen cabinets. “By adding high-end finishes, you can elevate budget cabinets,” says Davis.
Save by using big-box store cabinets in creative ways instead of doing custom built-ins. “Here, we used Ikea kitchen pantries to create sleek extra storage in their open-concept family dining room,” says Davis.
To get the look of custom raised panelling, the designers applied simple 1-1/2″ trim to this dining room’s walls, creating architectural interest on the cheap. Painting the trim the same colour as the walls puts a modern interpretation on a classic look.
Save by keeping existing doors and splurge on new paint and hardware. “Here we created a more current and high-end look by painting simple hollow core doors out in a rich black which tied in with the new ebony stained floors,” says Catherine of the principal bedroom renovation.
In this bathroom renovation, Catherine and Davis used standard Cararra marble 12″ by 12″ tiles, piecing them together to achieve a style very similar but much more affordable than a marble clad wall. Installing the tiles on the walls, floors, tub surround and window casing gives the space the high-end look of more expensive varieties of marble.
Catherine and Davis saved by using a 7-1/2″-wide laminate floor that’s hardwearing but doesn’t compromise on style. The well-priced material works perfectly over radiant heating and is a popular choice for basements where water can damage wood and carpeting. This left room in the budget for beautiful lighting, stainless steel appliances, a full dining room table and finishing details that give this basement main-floor appeal.