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A Dream Bathroom Renovation

Jul 5, 2008
While the bathroom in the home never used to be a focal point, recently more and more people have been turning their bathroom into dream bathrooms. The cost of bathroom renovation can really be expensive; however, you can save a whole lot of money if you do some of the bathroom renovation yourself. Of course you may need a bit of help along the way.

Sadly, many people who do renovate their bathrooms on their own go far over the budget they had laid out in the beginning. The big mistake that is usually made is not planning out the entire project. If you want to ensure that you stay within your budget, then you definitely want to make sure that you plan ahead.

Check out your finances to see how much money you can spend on your bathroom renovation. You'll need to budget as much as you possibly can without going broke. It's better to budget too high and end up with money left over than to plan a budget too low and end up spending more money than you could afford.

Take the time to totally measure out your bathroom so you know what you're working with. Measure the entire area so you'll be able to get tubs, cabinets, and sinks that will fit just right. Today you can find great digital measuring devices that will help you out with doing these measurements.

Start out with a list or a crude drawing of what you're expecting to do with your bathroom. Are you looking for a different shower, tub or sink? Where do you plan on putting them?

Make a decision about your preference for wallpaper, paint, or tile. Get a general idea of how you want the bathroom to look. Draft up a quick sketch either on a pad of paper or your computer, and assess the practicality of your plan. It's also useful to have an alternate plan for your bathroom renovation just in case your original ideas don't pan out.

Take your list or drawing along with you to the home improvement store. Compare prices of the items you're looking to get. Check them out thoroughly to find the one you want at the best price.

Keep an open mind while you're checking out products and prices. You might just spot something that you like better than your original idea - perhaps a pedestal sink that's less expensive than the style you initially targeted. Record the prices of the fixtures you want, but hold on to your credit card - don't make any purchases just yet!

Collect some paint or wallpaper color samples to take home. Test them out to see how they will look in your bathroom. Colors in the store often look quite different at home because of dissimilar lighting conditions.

Once you have your figures all written down, take a look and see how they are fitting into the budget you have. Are they within your budget or did you go over? Remember, you'll need to keep some money back in case there are unexpected items you need along they way, and don't forget the tax that you'll pay as well.

At this point, you can decide if your bathroom renovation ideas are practical and affordable. If they are, go ahead and purchase your selected items. It's best to buy everything that you'll need before you start work, that way you won't have to constantly run out to the store to buy miscellaneous items.

With careful planning and budgeting before you start your renovation, you can take great pleasure in your new bathroom while patting yourself on the back for realizing your dream within your budget.
About the Author
Paul Cameron is a home improvement fanatic. You can find lots of great information on home improvement projects, contractors, stores and products at http://besthomeimprovementsite.com.
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