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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: Bet You Don't Know...
What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile? I have long wondered about this myself, and finally I found out.
20 Bathroom Tile Ideas We Love
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
20 Inspiring Paint Colors for Your Kitchen
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
Quartz vs. Granite: What's the Better Countertop?
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare? Here is a point-by-point comparison with a recommendation of the best between the two.
20 Gorgeous Backsplashes To Inspire You
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
Make The Most Of Your Small Bathroom Remodel
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
Free online plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
This Is the Best Time to Paint Your Home's...
The best time to paint your house exterior isn't necessarily the height of summer. Find out how far painting season stretches.
Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
Explore 7 Bathroom Flooring Options
Can you determine the best possible flooring for bathrooms? We rate flooring for practicality and looks, and help find the right fit for you.
6 Secrets to Finding Cheap Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
What Types of Wood Floors Are Best for Dogs?
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?
Easy Way To Convert 4 Prong Dryer Cord to 3...
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
How to Build the Right Size Stairs
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring: Which One Wins?
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Is Bathroom Paint Worth the Extra Price?
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
What is Grout Sealer and Do I Really Need It?
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
For Emergencies, You Must Know How To Cut Off...
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Prefab vs.Tiled Shower: Which is a Better Choice?
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Your Complete Guide to Tools and Materials
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Visual Guide to 15 Bathroom Floor Plans
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
Removing Tile Grout Is Easy. Here's How.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
3 Cheap Ways To Fix Failed Window Seal--Cheaper...
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.
Check Out These 11 Amazing Tile Counters
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
20 Ways to Update the Look of Your Bathroom
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
4 Essential Steps to Painting Wood
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Painting Your Tiles? Read This First!
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
7 Super Budget-Friendly Flooring Options
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Your Handy Guide to Drywall Size and Thickness
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
How to Fix Sagging, Sloping Floors
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh the Pros and Cons
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
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.
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Is Plank Vinyl Flooring Right for Your Home?
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
A Beginner's Guide to Floor Underlayment
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.
How Much Should the Granite Cost for a Kitchen...
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
13 Steps to Full Home Renovation
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
7 Free and Paid Programs That Help You Design...
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
Choosing the Right Electric Baseboard Heaters...
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
Should I Seal My Tile Grout?
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.
Moss Taking Over Your Roof? Banish It for Good
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
"Surface Remodeling" Just May Be The Way To...
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The Best Way to Clean Laminate Floors: Do's and...
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Standing Seam...
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
How to Clean Icky Grout Haze
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Do You Really Need to Wash Interior Walls...
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
What You Should Know About Pre-Hung and Slab...
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
8 Truths About Replacement WIndows
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
The Best--and Worst--Stud Finders You Can Buy
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
5 Types of Roofing Materials You Should Know
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
20 Bathroom Tiles We Love
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
Rating The 6 Best Types of Home Gym Flooring
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.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Shopping for New Countertops? Here's What It'll...
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Can You Install Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
4 Bathroom Wall Surfaces (Other Than Paint) You...
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.
Jack Up Your House Yourself: Yes Or No?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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Water in the Crawl Space: Is it Worth Fixing...
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 Cement Backer Board and How Do I Use It?
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
Roof Replacement 101: When and How to Replace...
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
Installing a New Refrigerator? What You Need to...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
How to Change the Color of Your Grout
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Is a Shower Liner Right for Your Bathroom?
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.
Choosing the Right Insulation for 2x4 and 2x6...
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
Do You Know When Your Remodel Requires a...
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.
Where to Buy DIY Replacement Windows for Your...
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Discover 1 Cheaper Way To Fix Fogged Windows...
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
Instantly Size Bathtubs With This Quick...
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
4 Options for Your Basement's Subflooring
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
Opening a Load-Bearing Wall
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Why (or Not) to Install Rolled Roofing
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
List of The Top Tile Manufacturers
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.
Installing Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick Walls
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Understanding Your Home's Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
13 Options for Your Basement Flooring
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
Save Big by Buying Used Showroom Display Cabinets
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
We Rate and Review 10 Common Countertop Materials
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Learn The Basic Layouts for Kitchen Design
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
2 Important Points You Must Consider Before...
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
Did You Know: Angle of Your Roof Determines...
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?
Choose the Right Sandpaper Grit for Your Project
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Our Step-by-Step Guide to Regrouting 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.
Electrical Code In a Nutshell For Homeowners
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.
Spruce Up Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets With One...
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
What is Greenboard Drywall and How is it Used?
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Wall Colors We Love for the Living Room
Soothing neutral tan colors give this living room a Southwest feeling.
Does Your Paint Job Really Need a Paint Sprayer?
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.
How Much Our Kitchens Have Expanded Since the...
What is average kitchen size? Home Renovations.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
Our A-to-Z Guide to Building an Addition to...
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
The Truth About Corian Counter Prices
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find online. But Corian is transparent. Here are representative prices for full installations.
9 Amazing Small Kitchens That Inspire Your...
Need ideas? This gallery of small kitchen photos will pave the way to a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
8 Steps to DIY Window Replacement
Even though most window companies don't want you to know this, it is possible to replace your own windows.
What Is a Solid Core Wood Door and How Is It...
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
"Rough In"? This Basic Remodeling Term Defined.
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You Think Winter Is Best Time to Install...
You can't just install an asphalt driveway whenever you feel like it. Find out the best time for this.
Plywood Underlayment
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Is Mold Remediation Just a Big Scam?
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
8 Major Laminate Flooring Manufacturers
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
Painting Cedar Siding
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Subflooring for Wood, Tile, and Other Types of...
Your guide to subfloor for wood, tile, laminate, and other types of interior flooring.
Learn About 7 Basic Floor Transition Strips
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
The smallest kitchen featured: the entire design is laid out on a kitchen island.
4 Kits For Building Stair and Balcony Railings
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
PEI Rating: Durability and Hardness Rating for...
What is PEI rating and how does it affect my selection of porcelain and ceramic tile?
Engineered Wood Flooring
For many homeowners, engineered wood flooring just might be the perfect compromise between solid hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. Learn the basics about this great wood flooring product.
When to Use Thinset or Mastic as Tile Adhesive
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Install Metal Roofing
Install metal roofing? You may have seen this in architectural magazines, but how about on your house?
Laminate Flooring Underlayment
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
Do I Install My Kitchen Flooring Before the...
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
"IKEA Floor - Would You Buy It or Not?"
I got a question from a reader:. Home Renovations.
Choosing the Right Screws for Drywall...
Learn the basics about drywall screws and which drywall screw you might want to purchase.
What Is Romex Wire and How Do I Use It?
Romex® is a brand of non-metallic (NM) building wire made by Southwire. NM is used to refer to any type of electrical wiring sheathed in a plastic coating.
Do You Just Want a Quick Idea of Bathroom...
You want to know one thing: How much will it cost to renovate your bathroom? In this simple guide, we give you a rundown of what you should expect to pay.
3 Ways To Retrofit Your Basement With Efficient...
Find out your basement heating options for a finished basement.
How to Repair Your Acrylic or Fiberglass Shower
The spectrum of shower repair ranges from ignoring the ugly thing (zero cost) to ripping it out and starting again (high cost). Showers can be repaired in other ways, though. Take a look.
How Much Does Roto Rooter Cost?
How much does Roto Rooter cost to unclog a sewer main line and unclog a branch drain? They are courteous and careful, but you pay for the convenience.
What's the Easiest Electrical Cosmetic Fix You...
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
10 Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
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