Article by: Jay – Alpha Contractors Team Member – McAllen, TX
Home renovations are usually done when people are trying to maximize their Equity or create a better living space for their family and make it more appealing. It’s been our experience that those that complete a renovation also find an appreciation for the rising cost of living while still being comfortable while enjoying their new reno. If you decide to do a renovation, you should be well aware of some of the latest ideas on how to cut your overall cost.
Like most households, it is common for families to be limited in funds while also combating the higher cost of keeping up with the day-to-day facets of life. Most families don’t even consider a renovation an option because of these factors that may seem out of their control. All things considered, we at Alpha Contractors are more than happy to research the latest cost-saving ideas and trends.
While researching the most recent money-saving techniques, our team uncovered quite a bit of information. We found that it could be quite overwhelming, especially because not every situation or circumstance is the same. Knowing the most ingenious and effective strategies available allows the opportunity for people to finish the renovation process effectively.
1.) Shopping for products during the off-seasons.
Shopping for products during the off-season is a great way to keep your budget from blowing up. Different seasons throughout the year bring different designs and ideas that you can use and consider for your renovation. There are many items sold in the previous season that are offered at deep discounts, which always results in substantial money-saving opportunities. The great thing is these items are still considered current even if they are from one or two seasons before.
2.) Maximize your space.
If you’re looking to cut costs on your next renovation, look for opportunities to maximize your space effectively. Keep in mind you don’t have to fill the entire space, this can lead to over-purchasing and, in effect, weigh heavily on your wallet. Utilizing cabinets and focusing on space-saving solutions in your closets will help you avoid unneeded purchases and streamline the entire process.
3.) DIY – Do It Yourself
DIY projects are also an important part to consider when trying to save on costs. Usually, building items and painting entire rooms are done by paid professionals, which can put a strain on your pocketbook. Focusing on things that are simple to complete and can be done with basic skills is a lot less expensive and should always be considered.
There you go, three simple things you can do to minimize your cost during your next renovation. We would love to hear from you, so take some time to leave a comment down below, and if you’re looking for renovation Services, the Alpha Contractors of McAllen are here to help.
To keep a home fresh and up to date, the day will come when you find yourself faced with a home remodeling job. It can be as simple as new flooring in one room and a fresh coat of paint throughout, or as complicated as adding a room and moving walls, doors, and windows. Whatever your choice of projects to tackle, careful advance planning is the key to a successful result that you will enjoy for years to come. First, come up with a wish list for the big dream, including photos of styles, colors, furnishings, and materials that you would like. Search for style and remodeling ideas at home improvement stores, specialty shops, in magazines, and online at sites like Pinterest or home décor sites. Think about what works well – and what doesn’t — both for your family’s life style and the architectural style of your home. If the remodeling is more extensive than you are skilled and able to do, it’s time to talk with a professional designer and remodeler. They can help you simplify, probably will offer ideas on materials that have been used successfully, and will know area zoning and permitting requirements for projects such as yours. Professional remodelers have a network of subcontractors and suppliers who have worked on similar projects and will deliver quality remodeling work. They have the tools, training, and expertise for doing the work in an orderly way. The National Association of Home Builders (www.nahb.org) has sortable directories of remodelers and their specialties in the local area. Tips: • Get at least three quotes from different remodelers. • Check with trusted acquaintances who have had their homes remodeled for recommendations of contractors. • Ask for and check references of prior clients. • Take your time and plan – plan – plan! • Be open to suggestions on materials and design – it may save you money in the end. • A contract should clearly spell out the scope of the job, the budget, and how cost overruns or unexpected roadblocks will be handled. • Talk with the contractor about ways you can do part of the work yourself, to save on some labor costs. • After you have a quote in hand, it’s time to figure out financing the project. If a loan is involved, talk with your mortgage lender first to see what help they can offer. • Plan your living arrangements for the duration of the project, if it is extensive enough to require temporary quarters, or other adjustments for your family.
In the end, a well-done home remodeling job will create comfort, beauty, and space for your family. If done properly with quality materials, it can add significant value to your home. But the most important aspect is the satisfaction and beauty that you can enjoy for months and years to come.
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Are the pale pinks or sky blues and the scratched cabinets in your kitchen beginning to get on your nerves? It’s time to think about kitchen remodeling.
The kitchen is the heart of your home for both your family members and for entertaining guests. It’s the place where people gather to talk as they prepare meals and dine together, where conversations over coffee or a meal create relationships and memories.
When it’s time to find a new look for the kitchen, take the time to plan carefully, as this room is often one of the more expensive remodels in the home. Talk to friends who have been through the experience and get their words of advice. Tour open homes, display homes and building supply stores to look at the newest materials and colors used in contemporary kitchen remodels. Collect photos of color combinations, cabinet styles, and appliance styles that appeal to you.
If you are considering reconfiguring spaces during your kitchen remodel, including knocking down some walls, consult with a professional contractor before you get too far along with your planning. Be clear about your ideas and wishes, and then listen to the designer’s or contractor’s ideas. They may have some effective cost-saving alternatives that you have not considered. They will also know what questions to ask to determine optimum layout, the best materials for your lifestyle, and great ideas for accessories and colors. It will save you frustration, money, and a great deal of time to have expert help from the beginning of the process.
Watch out for the “too trendy” materials that may either be dated before your remodeling is done, or that are so new to the market that their long term durability may not be tested. Educate yourself ahead of time on styles and materials, so that you can have an informed conversation with your potential contractor.
Think carefully about the surfaces, shapes and colors that will be visible, but also think about the use of the space behind the cabinet doors. Will you have enough storage for baking and cooking pans, canned goods, seasonings and spices, cleaning materials, and the three or four sets of tableware that you love? Are the cabinets going to be conveniently located for their function? Is there a countertop next to the refrigerator?
Think also about the budget you want to maintain for the project. You may need to compromise on some materials in order to have that extra large refrigerator, or the special countertops that are the color and material you have dreamed about.
Let us help guide you through your kitchen remodel and ease the stresses of making decisions, and streamline the actual work of demolition and rebuilding. With good planning, your dream kitchen can be a reality sooner than you think.
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Highlight and draw attention to elements in the home such as a great view, architectural details, even repairs, renovations or equipment upgrades…
Highlight and draw attention to elements in the home, such as a great view, architectural details, even repairs, renovations or equipment upgrades. Your kitchen and bathroom are prime selling opportunities, so pay special attention to these areas. For example, keep your kitchen counters clear of any knickknacks and small appliances, and remove any magnets or personal items from your fridge. Remove as many personal items as you can from the bathroom so it looks pristine and that there is lots of counter space available. Replace leaking or worn faucets to give a new look to the room. Make sure to clean under the sinks. Potential homeowners will be checking out all the details. If there are any leaks, fix them. Then clean up the damage using contact paper or paint. Spending a little extra time to fix up the existing items in the home is an inexpensive way to make great changes, therefore increasing the selling value and decreasing the time it will be on the market.
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When thinking about a home renovation, its always important to know what you need to get started. Our team at Alpha Contractors of McAllen want to share with you this great article by Trevor Arnold about Preparing your house for a renovation. We think it will give you some great insights into making the process go right from the start.
Hope you enjoy,
The Alpha Contractors Team
Home renovations are serious commitment that requires a lot of planning and preparation before hand. Preparing the household for the imminent construction activities that are going to be done on the property is just highly important and can save you a lot of troubles during the renovations and afterwards. There are several things that you should consider doing in your attempts to prepare the household.
Move the Furniture
Regardless whether you are going to do the home renovations by yourself or you are going to hire professional you should take care of all the furniture in the property. Tables, couches, and any other pieces of furniture will only be another obstacle that is going to slow the whole process. By moving the furniture out of the room you will free up space either for you or the builders to do their job so the job can be done with little obstructions as possible. Alternatively if you cannot move the furniture out of the room you can gather it all in one place either in the centre or some corner of the room thus you’ll move the furniture back to its original place more easily since everything is already in the room.
If something cannot be moved like let say the cabinets and racks then the only sensible thing that you are left to do is to overlay them with nylon or plastic to prevent it from getting damaged or ruined in the process of renovation or the very least prevent them from getting contaminate with dirt and dust from the construction activities in the kitchen. Dirt and dust that has to be cleaned later. This way you can also avoid spending money on acquiring construction cleaning services to get the household thoroughly cleaned because you will be more than capable to do the cleaning on your own with being overwhelmed by it.
Cover Fixtures and Crevices
The small particles and dust that is created from the construction activities on the property can get just about anywhere and that’s why you should try to contain it. Even the light switches in the room are not safe from the dust which can find its way inside of them and even cause them to stop working properly. This situation, however, can easily be avoided if you cover the light switches with plastic or nylon to stop the dust from getting inside the console of the switch. The same goes for tiny crevices and holes around the room as well. The thin strip between the closed door and the floor is opening enough for the dust to sweep under into the next room.
Preparing the household for renovation activities is quite simple and straightforward job once you learn what you should do to get the property ready for the remodelling. If the house is properly prepared for the renovations then afterwards the people living it will have a lot easier when it comes to dealing with all the construction waste and grime.
When looking to sell your residential home, you need to make sure your are getting as much value as you can. Our team at Alpha Contractors have discovered this great article by Scott Kaiser that will give you 4 great ways to increase your home value.
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The Alpha Contractors Team
Before you embark on a renovation, you need to do some research to learn what types of renovations and additions will actually add value to your home, if that’s important to you. In this post, we’re going to give you 4 options of renovations and additions that will almost definitely increase home value. Let’s get started!
Your home is the place where you feel most comfortable. It’s where you host dinners and curl up on the couch to watch a movie. It’s where you spend a large amount of your time with your family and friends.
It’s also likely the biggest investment you’ve ever made.
If you want to take on a renovation project in order to add value to that large investment, you’re not alone. One 2018 study showed that 58% of homeowners are either definitely or probably going to renovate or add something to their home in the next 12 months.
Before you embark on a renovation, you need to do some research to learn what types of renovations and additions will actually add value to your home, if that’s important to you. In this post, we’re going to give you 4 options of renovations and additions that will almost definitely increase home value.
Let’s get started!
1. Remodel Your Bathroom
Bathroom remodels are a bit more costly compared to landscaping, but they’re much more profitable in the long run in terms of adding value.
On average, a bathroom remodel costs 18,000 dollars. While that seems pretty steep, it’s estimated that you can recoup about 66% of that investment when you sell your home later on.
Now, you don’t have to remodel the entire bathroom to see some returns. You can pick and choose a few things to update and still see a great return on investment (ROI).
Some examples are:
Replacing the porcelain tile
Adding heated floors
Installing a double sink
Installing a luxury bath and/or shower head
Depending on whether you’re remodeling a small or a master bath, you could also consider expanding the space to add more square footage, which can increase value greatly.
2. Pay Attention to Your Landscaping
Curb appeal is defined as the visual attractiveness of a property, usually a home, when viewed from the street. Curb appeal is one of the most important factors when determining a home’s value.
Imagine a home with a yard full of dead plants, a door that’s rotting away, unmowed grass, and a broken fence that also has an immaculate inside that’s been fully updated and renovated.
Most potential buyers are going to be instantly turned off by the decrepit view the see right away and not even wait to see the inside. No matter how great the inside of the home is, without a great outside, the value is going to be quite low.
That being said, one of the best ways to increase your home’s value is to simply pay a bit of attention to your landscaping. Make sure you keep up with lawn maintenance, add in some trees, put in a flower bed, install pathways, etc. You can get creative here!
A bonus of this option is that this can fit into almost any budget. Those on small budgets can focus on lawn maintenance and perhaps planting some flowers. Those with larger budgets can go wild: add in a pond, fruit trees, hire a garden designer, etc.
Another bonus: adding in large trees that shade your home can reduce your energy costs up to 50%
3. Add a Fireplace
Fireplaces add an element of cozy homeyness that not much else can create in the same way. They don’t only add warmth to your home though: they can add up to 12,000 dollars in value!
But don’t think that a fireplace installation is that easy. You’ll need to decide on a wood vs an electric and the size. You’ll also need to follow all building laws and restrictions in your area.
Besides that, you might need to rearrange and adjust your flooring that’s in front of the fireplace by adding in brick, glass and metal tile instead of wood or other flooring materials.
Another bonus? Using the fireplace for heat in the winter could cut down on your bills during the winter, especially if you live in a colder climate.
4. Add in Some Technology
An estimated 64% of millennials are interested in having smart technology in their homes. This is important to know, considering that millennials are currently the largest generational demographic looking to buy a home.
Not only will adding technology to your home attract buyers, but it can also add value to your home.
One of the best, and cheapest, options for adding a bit of value to your home is installing a smart thermostat. These thermostats cost a little more than 200 dollars, but they can add that same value to the home.
Not only that, but it’s also been shown that smart thermostats can decrease yearly energy bills by hundreds of dollars by keeping heating/cooling both exact and efficient.
Another option that can add value and cut down on some bills (which doubles its attractiveness!) is a smart smoke detector. These only cost about 100 dollars, but they can cut insurance premiums by 5%.
Those are some smaller options, but if you’re willing to invest in your home’s value, you should consider adding solar panels. Adding solar panels to your home’s value by as much as $15,000. You can also get federal tax credits to offset the cost of installing the panels by up to 30%, which makes that added value a more lucrative investment.
Remember, these are just a few of your options. Do your research to see what will add value to both your home’s price point and to your life while you’re living there!
The Alpha Contractors of McAllen team are always excited when we get the chance to renovate a kitchen. Its the life of many homes, and our team wants to share some great tips with you to get your creative juices flowing. This article by Nancy Whitman will give you what you need to get going.
The Alpha Contractors Team – McAllen, TX
It’s a widely known fact that house owners invest more money into kitchen renovations than on any other home related venture. This is hardly surprising, considering that the kitchen is the heart and soul of your home and a source of great happiness.
While kitchen renovations can be pricey, a well-planned, designed and constructed new kitchen area can add enormous value to your home; both while you’re an occupant and if you do eventually decide to sell. According to research, most kitchen renovations add around two thirds of their original price to the home’s overall value.
The following is a list of 7 invaluable ideas for those looking to renovate their kitchen.
1) Planning is everything
The planning phase of your new kitchen renovation will typically demand more time than it takes to build it. By planning wisely, you’ll greatly reduce the hassle and disruption attributed to the construction period. Along with this, you’ll also reduce the likelihood of exceeding your initial cost estimates. Which brings us to the question, how long do you need to dedicate to planning? If statistics are anything to go by, then you should look to devote at least several months.
Excellent planning will help prevent you from making any modifications to your design while the kitchen is being built. When this happens, building expenses rapidly escalate and this will affect your “approximately two thirds ROI” that was mentioned earlier.
2) Don’t go overboard with new kitchen devices
Kitchen appliances are central to creating a fabulous and functional kitchen space, but they also occupy the lion’s share of your kitchen’s expenses as well, so it’s essential that all items are thoroughly researched before you commit to buying them. In addition to budget, careful consideration must be given to the style of the appliance. While it may look magnificent in the store or brochure and be and outstanding device in its own right, will it complement the overall theme of your new kitchen design, or will it look out of place?
3) Try to retain the same basic dimensions of the existing kitchen space
If you are working on a limited budget, it’s very important that the layout of all existing utilities (power points and plumbing) remain in their current place. Making the decision to demolish pre-existing walls can create numerous problems, greatly add to the overall construction time and lead to inflated costs.
4) Understand the importance of lighting
Proper lighting is integral to creating a kitchen that looks remarkable and is an absolute joy to work in. The right style of lighting can help make kitchens appear bigger and more spacious than they really are and is crucial to ensuring that everything can be performed with maximum safety. Kitchen designers will always recommend that your kitchen has two separate styles of lights:
Function lighting – these are the lights that are tasked with illuminating the dark areas created by kitchen cupboards. It’s advised that two lights are designated to each area to prevent dark spots.
Atmospheric lighting – these include ceiling mounted lights, wall lights and indoor spotlights to generate the majority of light throughout your kitchen space. All quality contemporary atmospheric lights include dials that allow easy adjustment of the light’s brightness and even colour.
5) Avoid poorly made items and materials
Remember, your kitchen renovation is an investment. This is something that is going to enhance the quality of your home and its resale value. Don’t forsake quality and longevity just for the sake of saving yourself a few dollars initially. The best products are ones that are backed by substantial guarantees. For example, while a more expensive benchtop material may be a little pricier to begin with, looking after it correctly will ensure a pristine surface that will last for years to come.
With any construction project, there are things that have to be put in order of sequence for the new or renovation build to be successful and run smoothly. Our team at Alpha Contractors of McAllen what to share this great article with you. Written by Nancy Whitman, one of our favorites.
Construction. It isn’t just about building and making sure that the plans of the project are being followed. There are many things about the construction that you need to know.
There are five primary stages of a project that’s under construction. Phases that need to be followed if you want to have success with your construction. These are the primary steps involved in project in construction. Stages that you might not know about, or that you didn’t realize is the responsibility of the contractor. Without these stages, the whole construction will fall apart.
1) The design phase
The first stage is where the design of the project starts to get shape. This is where the plans are drawn and approved by the client. To make adjustments to ensure that everything is according to the client’s preferences and needs.
You might think that when construction is hired, they immediately start with the building. However, this isn’t like this. They need to make sure that the design of the project is drawn and that everyone is understanding the project completely.
2) Preliminary construction phase
No, this isn’t where the construction starts. This is the pre-construction stage. Where the construction site is getting tested to make sure that the site is fit for this type of project. If the soil is correct and if the plans are adjusted to the results of the pre-construction results.
The people that you will find at a pre-construction stage are agreement administrator, project manager, chief inspector, construction engineer, OHS manager. This stage can’t continue if any one of these people is missing. During this stage, extensive soil testing is performed by a geotechnical engineering firm to determine the viability of the soil and how it will affect structural loads. It is during this time that site investigation and mapping is conducted, as well as comprehensive construction inspections. The outcome of the stringent geotechnical tests that are carried out by the geotechnical engineering company influence the strength of concrete and reinforcement that must be used for project design.
3) Material acquisition phase
This is the stage where the building materials are ordered and where it is getting delivered correctly to the right people. This is normal everyday people that will get and sign for these materials. This is where they are doing the calculations to ensure that they are using the right amount of stuff directly from the cheaper places.
The materials should not arrive all at the same time. You should make sure that it arrives as the contractors have used it. Clean and neat.
4) The construction phase
Now you can start with the construction state. The stage where the actual building starts. Where the construction of the building starts. And, where the contractors need to make sure that the deadlines are being met.
This is the part that we all know. The actual building part. Where the material that has arrived is being used to build. Where the inspections in-between the construction is getting done to ensure that the construction is done at the highest level.
5) Post-building phase
This involves the final inspection, the handover to the owners of the building and the final cleanup of the construction from building materials and debris.
With the final inspection, they are inspecting the quality of the building, the building against the plans that the client has asked and against the actual size that it needs to be. If this isn’t the right size, the contractors will be penalized and they won’t get the agreed money after the building project. Sometimes people from the outside are doing the inspections to make sure that everything is according to plan.
These are the stages of a project in construction. Making sure that you are following each stage and to make sure that it is according to the needs of the landowner. If not, the contractor is going to pay money for the delays and for wrongfully installations and buildings. Luckily This isn’t going to be a problem anymore, and you will know for sure that you are going to construct a building correctly and according to the rules and regulations of the building.
Construction site inspections. Something that needs to be done before construction can start. However, it is also done during the construction as well. There are many reasons why this is something that needs to be done. There are countries where this is something that must be done and isn’t just something that can be done.
If you can decide if construction site inspections should be or shouldn’t be done, then these pros and cons should make the decision a lot easier.
Benefit: ensures highest levels of safety for all site personnel
The first benefit is insurance of the highest safety standards. Meaning that there is a much better chance that the construction site will be safer for the workers.
This is really important to make sure that everything on the construction site is safe for everyone and that everyone is working according to the safety rules and regulations. With construction site inspections, nothing dangerous will get passed the inspectors.
Drawback: construction may draw to a standstill while inspections take place
A problem that the contractors and the builders have, is that during the inspections resources are getting wasted. The builders are not able to work, and is used for the inspections. Meaning that less work is going to get done.
And, at the end of the day, there is a huge chance that the site will just be declared safe for working again, with resources, money and workers waisted. Stuff that could have been used a lot better at the construction site.
Benefit: Hazard determination
Knowing the dangerous part of the construction and the construction site is going to ensure that you know what to change in order for the workers to be working in a safe environment. And, that they are going to be working under better circumstances as well.
The only way that this really can happen, is with hazard determination. It can be identified with construction site inspections. Making sure that everything is more under control, safer and hazards are determined. With hazard identification, safety and other important safety issues will be identified without any delays.
An essential part of construction inspections are geotechnical tests, which are performed throughout the site to determine whether the soils are suitable for construction.
Drawback: construction deadlines may not be met
With construction inspections (including site investigations and mapping), which are often performed as a service by geotechnical engineering companies, delays can be expected. Especially, if they have identified different dangerous things in and around the construction site.
This will mean that the chance that the deadline will be missed is high. A missed contract deadline means paying penalties. And, this again means that you are wasting time and money. It is crucial to ensure that you are always going to make the deadline. No matter what. With the construction inspections, the construction can be put on hold. It can be devastating to a smaller company to miss the deadline and to pay penalties, and to lose money.
Benefit: superior structural performance
Without doing any construction inspections, there will not be any inspections of the quality of the structures. No one will ensure that the structure is going to be built according to the rules and regulations.
This is really important to make sure about construction structure quality to ensure the safety of the public after the structure has opened. And, without regular construction inspections, this will not be possible. This is why it is important to make sure that regular inspections are done.
If you ever have wondered if construction inspections are important, you will understand better with these pros and cons. These are the most important pros and cons of these inspections that are done before and during construction. For some, this is really something essential. While with others, this isn’t really necessary and it is just a waste of time. But, now we know the truth. That it is more important to do it, than the problems that we can have when it doesn’t get done.
Don’t put the safety of your workers in jeopardy, arrange for a construction inspection today, by a trade certified soil testing company.
Our team at Alpha Contractors take the time to educate ourselves in the ins and outs of residential and commercial renovation and builds. This article written by Nancy Susan, gives some great insights into the reinstate which is to bring back to new, or renovate, which is to make better.
Home renovation also includes the changing of interior in home like changing the furniture, curtains, and color schemes of rooms. Renovation means to reinstate to good condition. Home renovation is very popular these days. Every one wishes that his or home look nice and stylish.
Renovation means to reinstate to good condition. Home renovation is very popular these days. Every one wishes that his or home look nice and stylish. There are many ways to renovate your home it may include improvement in air conditioning system, improvement in heating and ventilation, changing the electrical material. Make bed rooms, bathrooms and rooms water proofing. Make basement water proofing. These renovations are related to your comfort. Home renovation also includes the maintenance and repair replacement of roof and roof tear-off and repairing the electrical system or plumbing. Repair of motors or door locks. Paint in home. Giving additional space in home is also the form of home renovation it includes changing unimportant areas into livable spaces such as changing basements into restrooms, home theaters, or home offices or in to guest rooms or extension of the rooms by constructing rooms in side area. Home renovation also includes the changing of interior in home like changing the furniture, curtains, and color schemes of rooms.
Adding safety measures in home is also the home renovation like home fire alarm system, generators for providing electricity when its load shedding. In 1950 many people places bombs shelters during the war it is also the way of home renovation. Home renovation industry is successful. In United States the home renovation industry is $300 Billion. And in Canada industry is $48 billion. In United States the average cost of one project is $3,000. There are numerous types of companies that contribute to the flourishing renovation industry. Various online companies and home renovation websites offer tips, strategies and trends to give homeowners ideas for design and decoration. There are also many renovation contractors are available which have licenses, experience and strategies to renovate your home in the best way. Home renovation is not an easy task .Its very difficult to manage home renovation with lower cost. It’s good to hire professional home renovators because they have different, latest and stylish ideas. Always make a plan before starting this project. Plan your budget, plan the colors and materials which you want and then discuss to your home renovator.
Home renovation is basically a fun. If you plan properly the cost will be the low. Many people choose to renovate their home by themselves its hard task but if you have new ideas, and skills you can do it better. But professional renovators are the best because they know how to cut the price. Now a day’s many people are interested in home renovation because the old fashioned homes look back ward. Many people renovate their home by changing the interior of home especially of the drawing room and sitting room which are widely used by guest. Some rich peoples use to change their drawing room interiors every year. It’s expensive to change every year. Home renovation is basically an art. Changing the kitchen style is also the form of home renovation. If you want to do home renovations always try to use the material which is waste in your home like change the fabric and color of soba instead of changing it.