Whether you’re looking to build your own dream or you own property and are looking to work with a builder to build a home, you are likely aware that the costs can quickly get out of hand. You want your house to be well built and include numerous, in-demand features while fitting within your budget.
This is a common predicament for many getting new, North Carolina custom homes built. With a variety of technology and more types of material than ever before, it is possible to find affordable options that look great.
Every home needs countertops in the kitchen and preferably the bathroom. Kitchen countertops are vital in giving much-needed meal prep space. However, they can cost a fortune depending on the size and material of the countertop. Stone countertops, namely granite and quartz are the most common, but also the most expensive. While granite countertops may be your dream, there are more cost-effective, cheaper alternatives to these countertop options that look anything but cheap. Some of these alternatives include:
- Ceramic Tile
- Tile Granite
- Modular Engineered Stone
- Corian or Silestone
Inexpensive Kitchen Islands
Kitchen islands have now become a must-have in a home. Regardless of the size of one’s kitchen, an island can add extra food prep area and storage as well as double as a small dining table. If you aren’t planning on a big, built-in island and have some flexibility, consider one of these cost-saving kitchen island alternatives:
- Repurposed Furniture
- Metal Rack Kitchen Island
- Foldout Table Kitchen Island
Small Kitchen Island Alternatives
If your kitchen is on the small size, you don’t need to necessarily forgo the coveted island. Below are some ideas for those tighter, cozy kitchens:
- Butcher Block Island
- Rolling Industrial Kitchen Table
- Sofa Table
- Bar Height Dining Table
- Drop Leaf Kitchen Island
- A Floating Island Ledge
All-natural wood flooring may add to a home’s resale value and be versatile adding classical elegance or enhancing a contemporary look and style of a room. Hardwood flooring, however, will cost you a pretty penny. Below are some flooring options that can give you the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the big price tag:
- Laminate Flooring
- Vinyl Plank Flooring
- Vinyl Stone Flooring
- Cork Flooring
Inexpensive Bathroom Design Ideas
Your new home will have sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Splurging on bathroom sinks can be a costly mistake to make if you’re not careful. Toilets can also become unnecessarily expensive. Below are some ideas to help keep costs down when modeling your new bathroom:
Limit the Amount of Tile
Tile can quickly get expensive if you use a lot of it. If you limit tile to just the floor instead of the walls, you can cut your costs.
Save on Bathroom Counter Tops
Bathroom counters can be done more inexpensively than kitchen counters because they are small. If there are deals on granite counters, the bathroom sink is where you’ll find it. While this option will cost more than other bathroom vanity options, the small size can make it worth the extra cost. Sometimes you can find a piece of flawed granite slab that is large enough for a bathroom vanity. These imperfect granite slabs will be likely priced lower.
Another way to save money on the bathroom vanity is to expand your color preferences beyond the neutral colors of brown, beige or tan.
Old Dresser Sink Pedestals
Refurbishing old dressers by cutting the top off them and removing some of the drawers is a popular DIY project that will give you a unique look as you save.
High-Quality Paint With Satin Finish
Mold and mildew have a tendency to grow in the bathroom because of the moisture. With the small space of a bathroom, it is worth it to splurge and get a high-quality paint. Paint with satin finish is great for combating moisture and mold and mildew.
When it comes to fixtures, sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs, you can save money by buying used ones. These used items can be found online on sites like eBay and in stores such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. With used items, you can customize colors and style to get a unique look and feel you wanting for your bathroom.
Getting your own custom house built is exciting. The process can be long and is thought to be expensive, but there are cost-saving options when it comes to flooring, countertops, kitchen islands and bathrooms. At Value Build Homes, we understand the struggle between wanting a nice, customized home while also sticking to a budget. Contact us today to learn how we can help build your dream home at a price you can afford.