Remodeling for a fraction of the cost

January 22, 2009 5:17:56 PM PST
With most of us staying put in our homes, many of us are focusing on remodeling. While doing it yourself saves a lot of money on labor, how about saving on supplies and materials for your projects as well?

Want to save 75 percent on a brand new sink? What about getting all your kitchen cabinets for 50 percent off? The store is called the "Habitat for Humanity Re-store" and customers tell us the prices are unbeatable.

Rebecca Garcia just recently remodeled her three bedroom, one bathroom home.

"We did the floor, tile, bathroom sink," she said.

To get most of her materials, she shopped here at the Habitat for Humanity Re-store, a home improvement warehouse open to the public.

"We save a lot of money," she said.

Jim Culkin with the Habitat store gave us a tour of what kind of deals we can find.

"It's like a mini Lowe's or Home Depot," he said. "That's the best way to put it."

But Culkin says the difference is the price. For example, a solid wood 36-inch door retails for $300. It's on sale for $50.

"That's outstanding," said Culkin. "There is nobody in town that can match that."

A 16 by 16 inch tile of solid granite sells for three dollars at the Habitat store. But...

"If you bought a three-quarter-inch piece of granite at any store, it's $20 bucks," said Culkin.

"Dutch Boy" brand paint normally costs $16 per gallon. It's about half the price there.

"One gallon is $7.88," said Culkin.

A complete set of brand new oak cabinets retail for more than $3,000. At the Habitat store, it will cost you about $1,500.

"You can buy a complete set of cabinets that are top quality, no fiber board, no particle board, one hundred percent wood," said Culkin.

The store also has a huge selection of furniture. On the day we visited, a load full of used office furniture arrived. Desks are $19.99 and desk chairs are $9.99.

One lucky customer found a great deal on a desk. It was only $5.

Whether you're looking for a toilet for $35, a sink for $15, customers agree.

"Handy man and handy woman's paradise because you can find everything you need at an extremely good price," said shopper Sherry Cabrera.

Ok, so you are thinking what's the catch? There isn't one! About half of the supplies and materials are donated brand new from retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's. Some of the furniture is donated by Houston corporations and all the profits from the Habitat store go back to build Habitat for Humanity homes here in Houston.

There are two stores in Houston. Click here to get the locations.

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