An economical kitchen, bath remodel

Updating a 1980s rancher

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If your vanity has seen better days, we recommend that you replace it. There's a whole aisle of styles at the big-box home improvement stores. Find one that you like but forgo the faux stone countertops with the recessed sink.

Find a good stone dealer and have the real thing made to order. Bill went that route, choosing Jerusalem Gold limestone. The fabrication and installation set him back about $800, but every time he looks at it he thinks it's money well spent. For a more rustic look, consider a soapstone counter with matching sink.

Your flooring choices include tile, wood and vinyl. We would steer clear of tile, as it can be cold and hard underfoot. And, although we love wood everywhere else, we think it just doesn't look that good in the bathroom. Also, you're one leaky toilet away from costly repairs.

That leaves vinyl. We strongly recommend single sheets (no seams) of top-quality linoleum. We're especially partial to a product called Marmoleum.

Finish off your bathroom rejuvenation with a new shower door, faucet, towel racks, mirrors and light fixtures.

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