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Commercial Break

10th January 2007

Dave

Before recounting my adventures in renovating the interior, I thought I would take a short break and talk about buying materials. My goal has always been to make this house look as good as possible for the least amount of money possible. That meant I have had to become a comparison shopper to say the least. I’ll search the internet for deal s when possible but most of the supplies would need to be found locally. I would usually start with Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sutherland’s, and of course the Garbe website when warranted, then check the prices in person. For the most part Lowe’s and Home Depot sell comparable products for about the same price. In store sales could make a big difference when you could find them though.

I went with Lowe’s for doors (interior and exterior), windows, casement, baseboards, tub, and sheet rock. I purchased all of this with there 12 months no interest plan. I had to buy everything at once and have it delivered but it was definitely the way to go. I paid cash for all other purchases at Lowe’s so I haven’t paid any interest at all. Some of those monthly bills got pretty steep though.

I also re-discovered the local lumber yard. They have a much larger stock of lumber and plywood than the home centers. To my surprise I also found that their prices were actually equal and sometimes even lower. I purchased all of the siding, and cedar lumber to do the exterior at Millcreek Lumber.

One of the nicest surprises I found was at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore.
This is a store operated by the local Habitat for Humanity. They take donations of just about any construction materials you can think of and re-sell to the public. I bought all or most of the door knobs, light fixtures, faucets, tile accents, and vanity counter top there. The savings were overall pretty good. I replaced all of the interior knobs in the house with new satin nickel knobs for $3.00 a piece. I got several light fixtures for $5.00 a piece on their monthly special. These were lights that had been in their stock for a long time. All of the light fixtures were solid brass and very good quality, although a bit outdated. The vanity counter top was another steal at $20.00. The plumbing looked like a good deal on the surface but after rebuilding them they turned out to be not quite as good of a deal. The Moen kitchen and bath faucet I bought for $5.00 each actually cost me about $60.00 and $40.00 after replacing the cartridges, wand, and other missing components. A little high for a used faucet. They work well and look OK but I will probably go new next time. I also donated some of the materials worth recycling back to them. Any way you look at it, it is a win win situation.


Here are a few of the items I found at the Restore. Will keep going back looking for more bargains.

Now back to our regularly scheduled blog. Next up is renovating the bathroom.

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