The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released an infographic that shows how much it costs to install a home improvement project in a given year.
The infographic, titled How to Save on Building Materials, shows how the cost of a new kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room can vary widely depending on what you’re building and how much money you’re spending.
In other words, if you’re thinking about building a home in your backyard or in your basement, you might be saving money on materials by purchasing a more efficient, more energy efficient, or more eco-friendly design.
However, it doesn’t take much to save money on home improvement projects if you follow the advice in the infographic.1.
Build a New Kitchen: If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, you’ll need to make a few changes.
You’ll need a larger sink and dishwasher, and you’ll want a better refrigerator.
You might also want to upgrade your cabinets, counters, and other storage areas, or even replace your dishwasher.
To do this, you need to choose an energy-efficient appliance, such as a refrigerator, or consider a new energy-saving feature that makes the kitchen a more energy-independent space.2.
Upgrade Your Bathroom: When you’re renovating your bathroom, it might be more expensive to replace the shower or change your toilet.
However it can still be cheaper to buy a new shower.
This includes showerheads that are made with carbon fiber and ceramic.
These showerheads are lighter and more energy neutral.3.
Get a Free Dining Room Cleaner: If your bathroom is an old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace, you may want to replace it with a more modern, gas-fired version.
You can also purchase a free toilet cleaner from a local hardware store.
You could also purchase an energy efficient washing machine, or purchase a washing machine that can run on electricity instead of electricity from the grid.4.
Purchase a Smart Detailing Machine: If the home you’re remodeling isn’t your first home, you can save money by purchasing an energy effective home improvement kit that includes a self-cleaning mirror, a wall-mounted vacuum, and a washing detergent.5.
Replace the Walls: If there’s a lot of wood in your house, it may be a good idea to replace them with stone or other materials.
You may also want the walls to be replaced with stone to reduce noise and make it easier for your pets to get to and from the yard.6.
Upgrade the Bathroom Counter: If it’s a bathroom that’s been sitting unused, you should consider installing a countertop or counter stand that’s more energy intensive and recyclable.
If you have a lot more furniture, you could upgrade the counter to make it more energy friendly.7.
Upgrade a Bathroom Door: If a bathroom door isn’t in a room you want to remodel, you will need to replace or upgrade it.
You don’t have to replace everything, but it may make sense to get a few upgrades to make sure the door stays functional.8.
Replace a Doorbell: If most of your household’s doors are unlocked and are in use, you probably shouldn’t be putting them up.
It’s also a good time to consider replacing the doors with a smart doorbell.
This will make it much easier for the homeowner to get in and out of the home, so you’ll save money in the long run.9.
Upgrade an Alarm Clock: If an alarm clock is in use but doesn’t have a built-in alarm, you have the option to upgrade it to an energy friendly alarm.
This could include a smart alarm system that allows you to remotely control it from the inside or remotely set it to go off if it’s set to go on at night.10.
Upgrade any Doorbell or Security System: If some of your doors are locked and you don’t want to go to your home to find them, you won’t have much choice but to upgrade them to an alarm-free system.
It may not be the most energy efficient system, but having a built in alarm will make you feel safer.