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FOLLOW THESE INSIDER TIPS -- AND GET THE BATHROOM OF YOUR DREAMS!

Spending an hour or two with veteran remodeling professional R. Dodge Woodson will make your bathroom renovation go more smoothly -- and cost a whole lot less. Woodson shares his insider's tips and traps from more than 30 years' building experience, preparing you to avoid construction rip-offs ... get the best deal on materials ... understand the implications of design and ...
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FOLLOW THESE INSIDER TIPS -- AND GET THE BATHROOM OF YOUR DREAMS!

Spending an hour or two with veteran remodeling professional R. Dodge Woodson will make your bathroom renovation go more smoothly -- and cost a whole lot less. Woodson shares his insider's tips and traps from more than 30 years' building experience, preparing you to avoid construction rip-offs ... get the best deal on materials ... understand the implications of design and planning decisions ... and virtually eliminate hassles in bathroom remodeling. If you're about to hire a contractor or tackle the job yourself, get the facts you need in an easy-to-read, enjoyable format. Packed with features designed to make it easy for homeowners to use, Tips & Traps for Remodeling Your Bathroom offers a complete roadmap through the process. It helps you:

  • Screen and hire honest, skilled bathroom remodeling professionals
  • Spot and eliminate "bad apples" before they can become a problem
  • Negotiate effectively
  • Decide what to do -- and what not to do—yourself
  • Estimate costs before you begin, with easy-to-use charts on labor and materials
  • Understand the trade-offs in design, planning, and materials options
  • Keep contractors and subcontractors on the straight and narrow—on time and on budget
  • Move smoothly through every phase, from planning to code issues to completion


Sample checklists, forms, illustrations, and contracts make it easier to handle every aspect of your bathroom remodeling project. Highlighted tips and traps warn you about money pits. Even if you have no prior experience with remodeling or construction, thisbook can help make sure the job gets done right -- at the right cost!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071450430
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Series: Tips and Traps Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed Class A Builder and Master Plumber with almost three decades' experience in the construction field. He also holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. The author of numerous books on construction, real estate, and plumbing for both amateurs and professionals, he also wrote Tips & Traps for Hiring a Contractor. Woodson is the president and owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine. He bought his first piece of land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer, builder, and remodeler in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years.

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed Class A Builder and Master Plumber with almost three decades' experience in the construction field. He also holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. The author of numerous books on construction, real estate, and plumbing for both amateurs and professionals, he also wrote Tips & Traps for Hiring a Contractor. Woodson is the president and owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine. He bought his first piece of land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer, builder, and remodeler in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years.

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Table of Contents

About the Author xii
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Planning Your Job 1
A Plan 2
Needs and Desires 2
Building a Viable Budget 7
Financing the Work 8
Plans and Specifications 9
Planning for Inconveniences 10
Setting a Realistic Timetable 11
Contractor Considerations 13
The End Result 13
Chapter 2 Drawing Your Own Rough Plans 17
Books with House Plans 18
Sketching Your Own Plans 18
Getting Professional Help 20
How Accurate Do Preliminary Sketches Have to Be? 21
Judging Sizes 22
Code Requirements 24
Extensive Remodeling 25
When Do You Need Blueprints? 27
Reading Blueprints 27
Specifications 28
The Key to Understanding Blueprints and Design Plans 30
Chapter 3 Solidifying Plans and Estimating Job Costs 31
A Major Bathroom Remodel 32
How Can You Avoid on-the-Job Problems? 39
Solid Plans Make for Smooth Jobs 41
Estimating Your Costs 42
Estimating with the Help of Contractors 42
Material Take-Offs 48
Estimating with the Help of Material Suppliers 49
Estimating with the Help of Cost-Estimating Guides 50
Chapter 4 Choosing Your Materials 53
Subflooring 54
Lumber 56
Vinyl Flooring 56
Base Cabinets 57
Countertops 58
Wall Cabinets 61
Lavatories 61
Toilets 62
Bathtubs 62
Showers 62
Light Fixtures 65
Windows 68
Trim Materials 69
The Key to Choosing the Right Materials 70
Chapter 5 Getting Your Best Price on Materials 71
Circulate Your Plans and Specifications 72
Going Over the Quotes 73
Looking at the Bottom Line 74
What's Included? 75
Negotiating from Preliminary Prices 75
Chapter 6 Subcontractors 79
Trash Contractors 80
Rough Carpenters 84
Trim Carpenters 84
Cabinet Installers 84
Insulation Contractors 84
Drywall Hangers 85
Drywall Finishers 85
Wallpaper Hangers 85
Painters 86
Electricians 86
Heating Mechanics 86
Plumbers 88
Flooring Installers 88
Tile Contractors 88
Siding Contractors 89
Roofers 89
Chapter 7 Selecting Contractors and Subcontractors 91
Where Should You Look for Subcontractors? 92
What Qualities Should You Look for in Subcontractors? 93
How Can You Verify Information Given to You by Subs? 97
Choose Backup Subcontractors Right from the Start 98
Beware of Sales Hype 98
Satisfaction 100
Chapter 8 Dealing with Contractors 101
Fill-In Work 102
Reference Jobs 103
New Companies 104
Negotiate 104
Remodel with the Seasons 105
Chapter 9 Code Considerations 109
Does All Work Have to Be Inspected? 110
What's Involved in Getting a Permit? 110
What Types of Work Require Permits? 112
Keep Your Contractors Honest 113
Chapter 10 Financing Your Project 117
Does the Type of Financing You Choose Really Make a Difference? 117
Fixed-Rate Loans 118
Adjustable-Rate Loans 119
In-Home Financing 120
Finance Companies 121
Consult Your Attorney 122
Financing Fees 122
How Much Will Borrowing Money Add to the Cost of Your Job? 123
Making Loan Applications 124
Loan Approval 127
Chapter 11 Ripping Out Baths 129
Preparing for Demolition 130
Ripping Out a Bathroom 134
Chapter 12 Unexpected Conditions 143
Floors 144
Walls and Ceilings 144
Mechanical Systems 145
Cabinets 146
Countertops 146
Under the House 147
Create a Production Schedule 148
Lay Your Production Schedule Out in Logical Order 149
Chapter 13 Flooring 155
Floor Joists 157
Subflooring 158
Underlayment 158
Vinyl Flooring 158
Carpet 160
Ceramic Tile 161
Chapter 14 Walls and Ceilings 165
Framing 165
Windows and Doors 168
Framing Window and Door Openings 168
Window Installation 169
Door Installation 170
Insulation 170
Drywall 170
Paint 174
Chapter 15 Mechanical Work 177
Plumbing Pipes Used for Drains and Vents 178
Plumbing Pipes for Potable Water 180
Where Should You Put Your Pipes? 182
Heating System Modifications 186
Electrical Services 189
Chapter 16 Cabinets, Countertops, Fixtures, Trim, and Appliances 193
Choosing Cabinets 194
Choosing Wall Cabinets 195
Cabinet Installation 196
Countertop Installation 197
Installation of Interior Trim 200
Setting Plumbing Fixtures 201
Tub and Shower Trim 209
Installing Electrical Fixtures and Devices 211
Chapter 17 Finishing the Job 217
Vinyl Floors 218
Walls 218
Windows 218
Plumbing Fixtures 220
Install Accessories 220
Cleaning Up 220
Final Inspection 222
Index 225
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