Monday, August 21, 2006

Ten tips on remodeling a bathroom

  1. Have you thought about just keeping the bathroom you already have? Is it really that bad?
  2. If you insist on remodeling the bathroom, have an infinite supply of money so that you can hire people to do it for you while you vacation in Hawaii. If you do not have an infinite supply of money, see Tip #1.
  3. As you have already heard from everyone else in the world, plan a budget and then double it.
  4. Do the same thing to estimate how long it will take.
  5. Unfortunately, you are still underestimating how long it will take. Yes, you’ve already calculated how long and then doubled it, but you’re still wrong. It will take longer than that. It will take longer than you can possibly imagine.
  6. Copper wiring costs way more than you think. Probably 1000 time more. Copper wiring is probably the third most expensive item you have to buy, after the new tub and new vanity. And that’s assuming you don't skimp on the tub and vanity.
  7. Try to only remodel bathrooms in houses built since 1980, as there will be no dreaded “knob and tube” wiring to update.
  8. Avoid remodeling the bathroom while you or your wife is pregnant.
  9. Avoid crashing your car while undergoing the bathroom remodel.
  10. Consider just moving instead. Think about it.

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