Q: I am crunching the numbers for my bathroom renovation and I was wondering which areas should I allocate the biggest part of my budget? How much should I keep for unexpected expenses?

A: You first need to decide whether you are planning to install an acrylic tub/shower versus a tiled walk in shower. You also need to decide whether you prefer high-end versus budget friendly vanities and counter tops. If you plan to install tile on your walls and floor, set aside 60% of your budget. For an acrylic tub/shower combination, set aside 45% of your total budget. Look at showroom models to see where your preference lies and calculate your budget accordingly.

A proper budgeted estimate done by a professional usually takes unexpected expenses into consideration. A professional can determine that you might have some unseen issues and can advise you on an approximate cost. – Jim Popowich, Dynasty Bath, www.dynastybath.com

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