10 Products Offering High Value for Low Cost

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    Wood-Mode’s Brookhaven I walnut laminate kitchen cabinetry sports modern lines and a furniture-like look for up to 50% less than the company’s walnut veneer cabinets. www.wood-mode.com.

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    Your buyers may want to do their own landscaping, but the Portfolio path light—priced at $14—is a perk your buyers will love at a price everyone will be happy about. www.lowes.com.

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    WineKeep’s insulated modular wine storage rooms come with everything you need—including the refrigeration unit—to add a temperature-controlled wine cellar to your homes for a fraction of the cost of traditional units. www.winekeep.com.

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    The Nexia home automation system from Schlage offers wireless control of home security, lights, indoor climate, and much more, yet sports a price tag under a thousand dollars for a basic system. www.nexiahome.com. 
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    Plumen 001 offers all the perks of standard low-energy light bulbs but adds a designer’s touch. While $30 is a significant sum for a light bulb, these whimsical units offer up to 80% savings on energy bills and artistic flair to boot. www.plumen.com.

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    If pricey quartzite countertops aren’t in the budget, you can still get the look with Waverton quartz surfacing from Cambria, an engineered stone option priced at $82 to $92 per square foot. www.cambriausa.com.

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    The Parma Single Handle Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet, from Danze, offers the look of similar high-end, industrial units. But while those cost nearly $2,000, Parma weighs in at just under $600. www.danze.com.

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    The Globe pendant from West Elm offers a polished, upscale aesthetic for less than $100. www.westelm.com.

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    Franke Luxury Products Group’s FF2500 faucet offers the clean lines of a modern, minimalist aesthetic but in a classic silhouette, and is priced from about $600. www.franke.com.

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    With a simple form and clean lines, IKEA’s Melodi pendant is a great deal at its bargain basement price of $9.99. www.ikea.com.

As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing and builders and home buyers join the throngs of shoppers on the hunt for year-end bargains, we at Builder thought this would be the perfect time to look back at some of our favorite high-value finds from the past year. 

While the housing slump may have forced customers to pare back their spending, it hasn’t dented their desire for great design. Fortunately, many manufacturers have risen to the occasion with high-quality materials, fixtures, and appliances whose style surpasses their price tags. 

These high-style, low-cost finds range from essentials (lighting fixtures) to upgrades (a prefab wine room), but all offer a great value. There’s something for everyone, but be sure to check out the slideshow and let us know what we missed in the comments section below. 

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder. The products highlighted were compiled from selections made by Nigel F. Maynard. 

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Greenville, SC.