No, I’m not talking the typical “john” books. I am talking about books about remodeling a bathroom… If you think it is possible to remodel a bathroom by reading a book, that depends… It really depends on your skill level. And your patience. I mean, bathroom remodeling is a serious project. I am not talking about just adding new fixtures. I am talking about new fixtures, plumbing and space considerations. Not to mention aesthetics. If you are one of the many homeowners who has recently decided that your bathroom(s) need remodeling, there are many things to consider.
Have you had any previous home improvement or remodeling experience? If not, it is important to start small. A bathroom remodeling job is not a small home improvement project, by any means. You may decide that you really want the satisfaction of “doing it yourself.” if that’s the case, I recommend you take a class on bathroom remodeling, if such a class exists in your area. And if you have the time. You might be thinking that reading such a book is a good and relatively affordable alternate to bathroom remodeling classes. Despite the fact that bathroom remodeling books are full of valuable information, if you don’t know exactly what you are doing they could end up costing you more in the long run.
Bathroom remodeling books or how-to guides, are printed resources that are designed to assist homeowners with their own do-it-yourself bathroom remodeling projects. These books and how-to guides not only give you remodeling ideas and tips and provide inspiration for what could be, they also tend to give detailed remodeling directions, such as directions on how to replace your bathroom flooring and so on. Using one of these guides depends on a number of different factors. There are some books that list information and directions on multiple bathroom projects, while others tend to only focus on one or two. If you are looking to have the majority of your bathroom remodeled, it may be a good idea to purchase a book that covers a number of different projects and visa versa. The best way to make sure that a bathroom remodeling book is money well spent is by making sure that you buy a book you will actually use. One with step-by-step directions and photos of each step of the process is generally the best how-to book to buy especially when large sums of money are at stake. You should also think about your track record. Have you purchased how-to books in the past? If so, did you actually use them or did they simply sit on a shelf and collect dust?
Another thing to consider, when deciding if you would like to do it yourself with one of these how-to guides is how much you will actually save in the long run? Both in time and money. While most of these books are relatively inexpensive, how much is your time worth? If you take a course, then buy a book and then have to go and get all the materials (and pay retail) chances are you will save very little money in the long run and spend a whole lot of time and effort running around to “get the job done.” And heaven forbid a mistake is made that costs you EVEN MORE to fix.
That is where a professional is worth her/his weight in gold. She or he can help you with EVERY step along the way, help you hire the right professionals and get the job done at a pace you an live with. I do suggest you take a look at home décor books for ideas about what you would like your bathroom to look like when it is done. Then call on Design is Everywhere to help you make that ideal bathroom a reality!
Books or Professional… the choice is yours!