As lumber prices rise again, how to renovate on budget


After months of decline, lumber prices are rising again and are expected to continue to rise over the next year. According to the residential trends Zillow forecast for the new year, 2022 will be the year of redevelopment, with almost three-quarters considering at least one project like a home office, finishing a basement or adding a new one. other room. Additionally, recovered and recycled materials will reign supreme in 2022, as sustainability and climate change have become major issues in recent years.

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With the influx of new home construction, inflation, and the disruption of the global supply chain, the growing demand for building materials could delay your home improvement project for months and potentially cost thousands of dollars. more than initially expected.

One of the ways to avoid high costs and delays while still being sustainable when renovating your home is by reusing building materials. Using affordable, lightly salvaged building materials, at 50-80% off retail, is a great option for home improvement projects. Stardust Building Material Reuse Centers have everything in stock and ready for your home improvement project. Stardust, the only local non-profit building material reuse organization in the Phoenix metro area operates reuse centers in Mesa and Glendale. Shopping Stardust offers proven ways to control renovation costs, including:

Stardust is a non-profit organization that operates two home improvement reuse centers that sell lightly used, salvaged and surplus building materials at affordable prices.

• Avoid record-breaking lumber prices, which won’t go away anytime soon, and buy scrap materials like cabinets, for example. Give the cabinets a simple facelift with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware and you’ve got a whole new set.

• Taking a DIY approach proves that not all renovation projects need experts or contractors to carry them out. In addition, there is no doubt that doing it yourself is creative and economical. Some easy DIY projects include kitchen backsplashes, painting, flooring, replacing light fixtures, and drywall and can be made with materials purchased from Stardust.

• Be open to different options for materials. Ceramic or natural stone may be your favorite flooring material, but it can be expensive. To save money, consider using reclaimed stone, wood, or other flooring materials that may be available instead of purchasing a new one. Buying locally collected items and reducing the supply chain is a more sustainable approach. It also brings character, charm and history to the space.

Buying reclaimed and salvaged materials is the best way to keep renovation costs low while helping to reduce landfill waste. Plus, buying locally and using regional suppliers is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while beautifying your home.

Stardust also offers a low cost deconstruction service, which is one more way to save thousands of dollars on your home improvement project. This service is an environmentally friendly alternative to demolition that helps protect the environment by diverting usable materials from accumulation in landfills and provides the community with high quality materials that can be reused.

Karen Jayne is CEO of Stardust. Founded in 1997, Stardust is a non-profit organization that operates two home improvement reuse centers that sell lightly used, salvaged and surplus building materials at affordable prices. Stardust sees a future without waste; a sustainable community where resources are redistributed and reused. Since 1997, Stardust has diverted nearly 90 million pounds of usable building materials from the landfill, served over a million customers, and Stardust’s Gifts In Kind program has provided more than $ 50 million of items. household appliances to hundreds of nonprofits and their clients. For more information, call (480) 269-8601.


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