The kicker is the cost. The granite that we chose was comparable in cost to Cambria but I wasn't feeling the love with granite. We even quoted Corian just to see where the price was at. Less expensive, but the look is so much different too. From paint to tile to cabinets, we are very lucky to have connections with industry professionals and get great discounts. Even so, we started cutting back on some other renovation expenses to start 'saving up' for Cambria countertops.
- We saved $150 by changing the depth of our mudroom closet shelving from 20" deep to 16" deep. We didn't realize until after the fact that the extra 4" was completely unnecessary.
- We saved over $200 by opting for a Home Depot closet organizer in our bedroom instead of Ikea.
- We saved $150 by changing the size of our bathroom tile from 6" x 24" to 12" x 24". This savings was kind of a blessing in disguise because the 6" x 24" size was out of stock.
- We saved over $200 by reconfiguring the sizes of the cabinets for the mudroom and master bath. We actually gained more space by going with shorter but deeper cabinets - much more versatile for all of our potential storage needs.
- Mark carefully removed all of the old door and base trim and reused every little bit that he could because it was perfectly salvageable. Not sure how much that saved - I'm guessing several hundred dollars. No reason to put all of that wood in a landfill just to buy new trim.