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!
Exterior view of a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house, with plans on the next page.
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
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.
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?
The best time to paint your house exterior isn't necessarily the height of summer. Find out how far painting season stretches.
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
Ever thought about using a frameless shower in your small bathroom? Well, here's one idea that will help you save space.
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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.
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
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Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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.
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
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.
Soothing neutral tan colors give this living room a Southwest feeling.
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
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.
Find out your basement heating options for a finished basement.
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A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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.
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
See popular kitchen countertop ideas like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat ones like concrete, glass, and steel.
A classic 10 x 10 foot, U-shaped small kitchen. Page 8.
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
Need ideas? This gallery of small kitchen photos will pave the way to a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
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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Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
You can't just install an asphalt driveway whenever you feel like it. Find out the best time for this.
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find. But here are representative prices for full Corian installations.
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Learn how a small kitchen remodel works, as well as how you can do it for the lowest possible cost.
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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.
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
A country-style stone fireplace surround with a custom-matched grout color.
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
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.
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
Get small kitchen plans you can use directly from Autodesk Homestyler.
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
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.
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by 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.
Can you paint a house when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
What is PEI rating and how does it affect my selection of porcelain and ceramic tile?