Luxury for Less

We spent more than 10 billion dollars on bathroom renovations last year.

Consumer Reports says its readers have more problems with these projects than any other kind of remodeling job.

But testers find with careful planning... You can get the job done right, without spending big bucks.

Sue Fuhr is planning to renovate her bathroom and not a minute too soon.

She wants to redo everything, but like most people, her budget is limited.

Consumer Reports' Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman says the average bathroom renovation costs about 10 thousand dollars. But consumer reports' tests of everything from Whirpool tubs to sinks and different countertop materials for vanities, show there are plenty of ways to get luxury without spending a fortune.

For example, trendy vessel sinks that sit on top of the counter are hot sellers and are not much more expensive than regular sinks. Consumer reports' tests show neew sink materials like glass and stainless steel also hold up well.

When it came to tubs, at least 25 percent of remodelers are opting for whirlpools.

When it comes to the vanity, high end kitchen materials like granite and marble are moving into the bathroom. Consumer Reports says prices for these materials have dropped significantly, so you can upgrade without breaking the bank.

Other ways to save on your bathroom redo, don't move the toilet. The costs involved outweigh the benefits. Shop around for tile, Consumer Reports found big differences in price for similar products. And most importantly, plan carefully. Consumer Reports' survey results show making changes after construction is underway can cost you time and money.

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