Home Renovations: Most Popular Articles
What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile? I have long wondered about this myself, and finally I found out.
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare? Here is a point-by-point comparison with a recommendation of the best between the two.
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
Free online plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
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Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
Can you determine the best possible flooring for bathrooms? We rate flooring for practicality and looks, and help find the right fit for you.
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
What are the best--if any--wood floors for dogs? Given that dogs do have claws, is there any kind of wood floor suited for them?
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Ever thought about using a frameless shower in your small bathroom? Well, here's one idea that will help you save space.
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
If the view on your double-pane window is foggy, chances are the seal has failed. Find out 3 easier ways to fix this rather than replacing the whole window.
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Laminate flooring is great stuff. Looks super and it's easy to install. But there are problems, as well. Let's look at both sides of this popular choice.
Ever wondered which type of flooring underlayment to use for which floor? We help you separate the different types of flooring underlayment in our guide.
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Face it - sealing tile grout is no fun. But here's why you need to seal tile grout, and some tips to make it go easier.
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Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
Find out how to get rid of water in the crawl space. Water under the house will be no problem if you take these steps.
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
Wall coverings for bathrooms - consider space and moisture. It's not always the easiest choice to make. Learn which kind of wall covering - wallpaper, tile, paint? - you want to use in your bathroom.
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What is the best type of flooring for your new home gym? The answer might surprise you. Here are six types of floors best for home gyms.
If your bathtub or shower are scratched beyond repair or just generally falling apart, but you don't want to replace, reliners may be your best option.
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
Here's a list of tile manufacturers I have compiled for my own use and though they might be helpful to anyone looking at tile for their home.
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
It's often difficult to know when you need a permit for home renovation or repairs. Here is a simple chart of permit-worthy actions that you tend to find.
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
Can you paint when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
Not all shingles can be used for every type of roof. Did you know that roof pitch determines the type of shingles you can use?
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
It's easy to regrout bathroom tile--much easier than you might expect. Regrouting bathroom tile is a simple two-step process of first removing the existing grout and then adding grout back. Let's show you how.
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
Need ideas? This gallery of small kitchen photos will pave the way to a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
The electrical code--properly called the National Electrical Code, published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association--is one of the most important documents a home renovator can have. Here are the basics of the electrical code.
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Soothing neutral tan colors give this living room a Southwest feeling.
Even though most window companies don't want you to know this, it is possible to replace your own windows.
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
The smallest kitchen featured: the entire design is laid out on a kitchen island.
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find online. But Corian is transparent. Here are representative prices for full installations.
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
What is average kitchen size? Home Renovations.
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
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Don't immediately run out and buy a paint sprayer. They can cover outside areas in a short amount of time, but there are problems involved, too.
Install metal roofing? You may have seen this in architectural magazines, but how about on your house?
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
If your cabinet doors bump into each other, hang unevenly or don’t close properly, the hinges may need adjusting. Here's the easy way to do it.
What is PEI rating and how does it affect my selection of porcelain and ceramic tile?
Your guide to subfloor for wood, tile, laminate, and other types of interior flooring.
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
Is is possible to buy waterproof laminate? You won't find many options.
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
You can't just install an asphalt driveway whenever you feel like it. Find out the best time for this.
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.