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Bathrooms are the first places homeowners tackle for renovation

After buying a home, many new homeowners dive into a project. When faced with a bunch of different projects to choose from, where do most people start?

According to a study by Contractor Growth Network, most homeowners start in the bathroom. It makes sense. Many homes in Connecticut were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Oddly colored tile covers many of the walls and sometimes homeowners are blessed with a blue toilet or green sink. Pepto Bismol pink was also a common color.

After bathrooms, kitchens and basement remodels are the next most popular areas to renovate.

According to the study, the national average for a bathroom remodel is currently at just over $11,300, depending on the size of the bathroom. A half bath is much less expensive than replacing a tub or shower.

Custom vanities provide personalized storage. An extension allows for a make-up table for added function. The main floor tiles are installed in a pinwheel pattern, while the other tiles simulate a rug.

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Custom vanities provide personalized storage. An extension allows for a make-up table for added function. The main floor tiles are installed in a pinwheel pattern, while the other tiles simulate a rug.

Sharon McCormick, of Sharon McCormick Designs, shared some tips for homeowners on how to get the most bang for your buck during a bathroom renovation.

“Make a list of what does and doesn’t work in your current bathroom as well as features you’d like to have,” McCormick said.

She suggested carefully planning your renovation. If you can keep your plumbing lines where they are, it will save you money. However “consider how happy you are with layout as you go about your daily routine,” she said. Sometimes it’s worth it for the added cost if it’s going to greatly improve your bathroom.

If you are a DIYer, check the latest building codes as you plan and pull a permit if the extent of the renovation requires it. If you

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