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By Chester Smith

>From television to magazines to your neighbors, redecorating homes is all the rage as people compensate for the rising costs of buying a home by giving their old rooms a new look. The trouble is this approach can be very costly when all the possibilities are considered- remodeling a room can involve furniture changes, painting, trimming, re-flooring, and many other options besides.

So how is the trend-conscious home owner to fit a remodeling project into a budget so that you donít have to take out a second mortgage? There is no right answer, and your solution will depend on the project that you are undertaking.

The very best way to save money on your remodeling projects is to learn how to remodel room yourself. Donít hire an interior decorator, and donít be in a position where you have to hire professional help, either. There are so many self-help kits out there that most remodeling projects, from reupholstering your furniture to giving your entire living space a new look, are simple to do yourself. Even some tasks that seem incredibly daunting, such as adding a hardwood floor to your area, are actually not that difficult to do. You simply have to be willing to invest the time to do it properly- time invested that will save you a fortune when it comes to professional fees.

When you begin your project, take stock on what the assets of the room you want to remodel are. Take advantage of the space, additions, and the furniture that you have available. Then begin to plan your upgrades taking the advantages the room has to offer into account.

Remodeling a room can be as simple as adding a few pieces of fabric and cloth. A dining room need not have an entirely new set of furniture put in order to look new and contemporary, for example. Instead, consider updating the look of your table linens, from the tablecloths to napkins. The key to the modern remodel is to make everything flow, so once you decide on a good linen patter, choose some window treatments that follow the same color scheme. Window treatments are generally fairly inexpensive, and an ambitious do-it-yourselfer can even design and sew their own curtains. Any combination of window treatments will serve to give your room a fresh look, so you may want to think about a combination of blinds, curtains, and valences.

Another fabric option to spice up the area is the use of dining chair slip covers. If you have an older set of dining chairs that need to have an updated look but you canít afford a new set, think about purchasing or making a set of covers yourself. Much more affordable than an entire set, slip covers should also match the whole dťcor and will further liven up the room.

Your do-it-yourself remodeling need not be confined to one room. Odds are that once you start, you will find yourself eager to freshen up the look of every room in your house. With the variety of do-it-yourself stores, books, and magazines out there, there is every chance that you will save a fortune on your remodeling project.

About The Author: Chester Smith maintains a comprehensive remodeling site offering free advice and tips at: yourremodeling.com