You don’t need a big budget to update a small area in your home. Consider shopping for a stone remnant and save money.

What is a remnant, you ask? In the case of stone, remnants are generally smaller pieces of first-quality material left over from large slabs that were cut for previous jobs.

Matching your renovation dreams and dollars can sometimes feel like a challenge. But there’s a lot you can do to get the look you want at just the right price.

With an almost infinite array of stone choices, patterns and colors, you should have no trouble finding the style that is right for you and your home.

Adding a remnant to a small accent piece will transform any space. For instance, putting a piece of granite on top of an old night stand will be like putting a piece of jewelry on it.

When old decor becomes boring to you, switch it out for a similar item of your choice, but with different qualities. Swap an old vanity for a newer one, and add a stunning piece of granite remnant.

It is the combination of elements that make a room stand out. Using this simple technique throughout the home will have you feeling renewed and energized.

What might you create with remnants on a small island, a fireplace surround, dry bar, outdoor seating bench, shelving, a small table in your laundry room?

You can save a lot of cost by selecting from hundreds of remnants. Most fabricators have remnant inventory and it just takes a little time to go out there and shop their yards.

To make your trip to the yards most productive, follow the following four simple steps:

  • Take a photo of the area or project for which you need to find stone.
  • Take measurements or even template the area with wax paper or newspaper.
  • Bring a paint color chip or piece of fabric that you are trying to match or complement.
  • Make an appointment with the designer so he or she can take you to the yard and review the remnant options with you.

The above simple steps will save you time and make your treasure hunt more fun.

Sharon Loccisano is a sales designer and commercial Sales professional at Prestige Stone Inc.