"Good Bones" stars Karen E. Laine and daughter Mina Starsaik pose for a portrait in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)
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5 Renovation Swaps Good Bones Swears By For A Small Budget
HGTV's “Good Bones’” Mina Starsiak Hawk and her co-host Karen Laine recently flipped a house for a profit of $89,000. Five design swaps made the renovation very budget-friendly.
Vinyl Siding
With this home, they want to create an urban-farm vibe. The cost of adding stucco or a stone veneer is not in the budget, so Hawk gets creative with vinyl siding.
The main body of the house is done in barn-red and laid vertically to give it a polished look. The gables are dark wheat wood shingles in a dark wheat color, and the trim is black.
Natural Fences
Laine uses a shrub fence rather than a traditional fence to save money and allow the homeowner to add more or less privacy depending on how the shrubs are trimmed.
Block Counters
The look of the kitchen continued the urban-farmhouse vibe with a unique choice of butcherblock
laid out in a herringbone
pattern for the counters.
This choice helps to keep the costs down when compared to higher-end options such as granite
or quartz, and it adds a warm, cozy vibe.
Open Kitchen Shelving
Mina Starsiak Hawk chose floating shelves instead of cabinets in the kitchen, which match the butcherblock counters and continue the rustic farmhouse-style.
The average cost for entry-level cabinets is $80 to $400 per linear foot. Floating shelves, on the other hand, cost between $60 to $500 in total, explains Mad City.
Another cost savings measure in this renovation project was adding a beadboard backsplash from the countertops to the ceiling, and continuing that around the kitchen.
Since the “Good Bones” construction crew does all of the labor themselves, using beadboard panels saved money over white subway tile, but it may cost about the same for others.