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Reno confidential

Thinking of redoing your kitchen or bathroom? Read this first

True confession: renovating a kitchen or a bathroom is never as easy as it looks in magazines. You’ll have plumbing, electrical, and ventilation systems to install; there’ll be ergonomic, safety, and sanitation concerns—plus you’ll want it all to look good. As you fix problems that have irked you for years, you’ll discover new, hidden ones that can’t be ignored. And even if it’s all DIY, none of it will come cheap.

But don’t lose heart. When well-planned and well-built, these workhorse rooms make the whole cabin more functional and comfortable. Take it from the experts— other cottagers who’ve built and renovated and the pros who work with them. Here are the tips, lessons learned, success stories, and cautionary tales that prove it can be done and will be worth the effort. ››

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