Before You Remodel: NKBA Offers Free Consumer Workbook

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) offers a free consumer kitchen and bath workbook “to help you turn your dreams into reality” — and to help you realistically anticipate and plan for what a remodel entails. Predictably, the workbook encourages consumers to consult professionals instead of doing the work themselves. But the workbook also helps consumers to understand the scope of a kitchen or bath remodeling project one step at a time: The workbook takes consumers through decisions such as flooring, lighting, safety features such as grab bars and water temperature controls, fixtures and decorative style (Victorian, eclectic, modern, Southwestern?) from the very beginning of the process. There’s also practical advice on budgeting, a frequently asked questions section, and tips on coping with disruptions during the remodeling process (start thinking about using portable showers, and start clipping those coupons to local restaurants beforehand). For your free workbook, go to and click on “Workbook” in the “NKBA for Consumers” menu.

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