Savvy homeowners know that adding high-end stone – or carpeting, fabric, fixtures or flooring, for that matter – to your home doesn’t have to be expensive or break your budget. The secret is to use statement products in small applications that make it affordable.

When it comes to natural stone, a small piece can go a long way in making a visual statement in your home. Consider using coveted marble for a small vanity countertop in the guest bath.

Or select a high-end stone for a high-impact kitchen island counter and choose something more affordably priced for your perimeter counters. The concept is simple: Small pieces of stone can be had at small prices.

Large stone fabricators are great resources for remnants – those pieces of stone left over after fabrication. Most stone jobs yield some remnants from the larger slab. This unused stone is often made available for sale at greatly discounted prices.

If you are lucky, exotic granite, marble, limestone and other stone may be uncovered in a size that works for your special applications.

Consider these ways to use the smaller remnants: vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes, wet bars, tabletops, trim, and fireplace, bath and kitchen accents.

Mix and match colors and vein patterns for stunning effect. With remnants, your imagination is your only limitation for creative design and effect.

Distinctive Granite and Marble is this area’s largest fabricator, and their remnant yard at Riverwalk has yielded many treasures for Lowcountry home and business owners. It’s a great resource for builders, designers and homeowners who want originality, creativity, and affordability.

Remember, the only difference between a slab and a remnant is size – and price.

Andrea Antunes McGilton is project manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, with showrooms in Okatie; Lady’s Island; Pooler, Ga., and on Hilton Head Island.