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Recycled Granite: Where to Find it in Tucson

Have you ever walked a granite stockyard and selected your next counter from the slabs? They're huge! And the difference in size between the slab and your finished product is also huge - a tremendous amount of natural stone is discarded in the process of creating your new countertop.

A Tucson company has created new life for these granite remnants, turning them into other products like pavers and wall blocks. The company, A & E Recycled Granite, was recently featured in Tucson Lifestyle.

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One Weekend Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Consumer Reports says that the average kitchen remodel today costs somewhere between $15,000 and $19,000. That estimate doesn’t include the cost of new cabinets - just resurfacing or painting the ones you have.

Their “budget” DIY makeover comes in at $5,000 and assumes you want new (laminate) counters, new (vinyl) floors, and new (white or black) appliances.

If you’d rather wait and save up for the non-budget makeover, there are some things you can do over the weekend without spending a lot of money AND that will carry over into your new kitchen when the time comes.

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The Power of Drapes

Before we put our house on the market, we had a list of about twenty things we needed to finish, buy, or change first. We provide our sellers a list of suggestions to present their house in the best possible light, and we were taking our own advice and doing all those things, too.

One of the things that isn’t on our staging list is updating the window treatments. Drapes and rods are expensive, and most sellers don’t want the hassle of buying and installing them. Even I didn’t want to buy or install them, and presenting houses at their best is my job! Read More…

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