When you begin a remodeling project or start building a new home, don't spend a lot of money on supplies. Instead, search for recycled materials that are in the same condition as those that you would get brand new. These are items that have been removed from demolitions or that people just don't need anymore, and you can get them for a reduced price.
Since you won't be spending as much money on materials, the value of the home won't decrease as much as it would if you were using only the best items that you could find. Some of the supplies can add a lot of charm to the exterior of the home that new items just won't accomplish. You might have to do a little planning and hunting to find the supplies that you need, but in the end, the results will be worth the search. Aside from lumber, you can get doors, windows and decorations that have been recycled and can be used in the building process. One of the benefits of used materials is that you can paint them any color that you want. Some of the recycled items that you find are stronger than new materials because they have been treated for the previous home or building. They won't require as much maintenance, either, as they have already been cared for at one time and have been through various types of weather.