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With the falloff in demand, construction materials are readily available, and many have come down in price. Between January 2007 and January 2008, framing lumber fell 15.6 percent, insulation 3.6 percent, and wallboard a whopping 22 percent. That makes taking a weekend to beef up the insulation in the attic or finally finishing off that corner of your basement a particularly cost-effective project right now. You can also get some items more quickly. "When we were running full tilt, turnaround times were 14 to 16 weeks," says Vince Achey, vice president of sales and part owner of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry. "Now they're 8 to 10 weeks."
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