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Bathroom Remodeling Books: To Buy or Not to Buy

Updated on April 29, 2011

If you are planning a bathroom remodeling project, one option to consider is a bathroom remodeling book. Even homeowners with extensive DIY experience can benefit from the step-by-step information that how-to guides offer. Bathroom remodeling books provide helpful tips for planning and completing the project, as well as trouble-shooting advice for the problems that might arise during the project. Of course, bathroom remodeling books are not free, so homeowners have to consider whether or not they want to purchase this type of guide for their project. Making this decision is a simple matter of knowing what to look for and whether it is right for you.

Types of Books

One size does not fit all with bathroom remodeling books. The guides range in type of material and depth of content. For instance, some bathroom remodeling books focus on one project only, such as installing a shower or tiling the floor. Other bathroom remodeling books, however, cover a selection of remodeling details for the DIY-er who plans to complete a number of bathroom improvement projects. To ensure that you make the best investment in a bathroom remodeling book, be sure to choose the book that contains the right information for the project, or projects, you are planning.

Easy to Follow

A how-to guide that is impossible to follow is an expense to avoid, no matter how cheap the book might be. All bathroom remodeling books are not created equal, and some will fail to provide you with the information that you need to complete the project. This might be a result of poor presentation of the material or just the writing style with which you cannot connect. Before buying any bathroom remodeling book, be sure to sit down and spend some time reading through it. Review the step-by-step details to see if you can understand what the writer is saying. Look through the illustrations or photographs to decide if they are helpful. Consider the type of information that you need in a bathroom remodeling book, and compare this to the content of the book. A few extra minutes spent looking through the remodeling guide can save you hours of frustration during the project.


The cost of the book will probably play an important role in whether or not it is something you need. Fortunately, bathroom remodeling books tend to be reasonably priced, and you can usually find one for between $10 and $20. Avoid letting price be your only guide, though. The $10 book might be tempting, but it might not contain all of the information that you need, whereas the $20 book is far more useful. At the same time, the more expensive book may contain great pictures but worthless step-by-step information, while the less expensive  book has everything you need. Set a budget, but take the time to find a book that suits the project requirements. Most home improvement stores carry bathroom remodeling books, as do regular bookstores. Discount bookstores and online booksellers also carry bathroom remodeling guides, so be sure to check their supply as well.

For those who enjoy DIY projects, a bathroom remodeling book can be a great resource with useful tips to assist you in completing the project. Take the time to find the right book, at the right price that fits your needs perfectly. Doing so prevents time wasted in trying to follow the steps and ensures that you have the information you need to remodel the bathroom as you planned.


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