Sites like Pinterest and Houzz are full of inspiration for home improvement, especially when it comes to kitchen and bathroom ideas. A recent survey from TheStreet found that indeed bathrooms and kitchens are among the most popular projects, along with landscaping, gardening and deck additions. Whatever your focus, Lauren Lyons Cole has got tips to make sure you get the most out of your investment. Make sure you calculate your hourly rate when considering the DIY approach to factor in opportunity cost. Also consider renting tools instead of buying them, especially if its a one-time-only project. And be sure to keep it simple.
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