Home Renovations: Most Popular Articles
What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare in quality, durability, and price?
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
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?
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
Plans for the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 882 sq. ft. house. Page 7.
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does bathroom paint differ from regular interior house paint?
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.
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. But how do you paint tile...and are the risks involved worth it?
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
It's easy to remove tile grout--much easier than you might expect. Find out how to remove grout.
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
When moving a newer dryer into an older house, one common problem is that the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Kitchen cabinets are expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap kitchen cabinets. By being creative, you can find cheap kitchen cabinets.
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.
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, 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 flooring choice.
A sunroom addition often seems like a great deal. Let's answer some of your questions about sunroom additions.
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is the cost of granite within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
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.
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply grout sealer?
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Style, durability, and resistence to moisture are three main considerations when looking for bathroom flooring. Let's look at all of your options--carpet, solid hardwood, laminate flooring, engineered wood, stone, vinyl, and ceramic tile.
It's your not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale about the woes of DIY house jacking.
I've heard about window defogging. Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
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.
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Is HardiPlank right for your home? Find out if the higher costs associated with HardiPlank are worth it.
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about how to paint wood.
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? While not set in stone, the process of renovating does have a few key concepts.
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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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.
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Is it possible to make kitchen or bathroom backsplash installation even easier? Peel and stick backsplash tile makes that promise. But can it deliver?
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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.
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
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.
A list of kitchen design software to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
A gallery of great kitchen backsplash ideas.
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Want to know the price of Corian? Corian price is difficult to nail down, but I think I can help you here with a list of some Corian prices.
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Yes, you can get tile that looks like wood flooring. In fact, scarily so.
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
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For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Which kind of tile mortar to use?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
When discussing electrical parts, you often hear the word Romex or NM. What does it mean?
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math. Page 2.
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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In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
With the cost of fully-fledged home additions costing $75,000 rock-bottom minimum and usually far higher,
Learn how to negotiate the sometimes tricky world of replacement windows with our Replacement Windows Definitive Guide.
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
When running wire in open walls, it is crucial to learn some basic installation techniques to make the job safer and easier.
A dumpster (otherwise known as a container or rolloff) is essential for demolition work related to home renovation. How do you go about renting one?
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.
Contrary to what some people may think, greenboard drywall is not used in shower stalls.
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Find out if a paint sprayer is right for your job. Paint sprayers can cover side areas in a short amount of time, but there are problems involved, too.
Debating the various aspects--good and bad--of building an addition to your house.
An amazing tile calculator. In a world filled with tile calculators that do essentially what you can
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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.
Showing you how to find cheap replacement windows. After all, why pay top-dollar, when you can get cheap replacement windows instead?
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
An overview of electric radiant floor heating. Did you know that radiant floor heating isn't just for Winter?
The Janka scale gives hardness ratings for wood flooring. Page 3.
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.
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
Great tips on how to install mosaic tile sheets.
Laminate floor installation is not as easy as it looks on paper. Learn about installing a floating laminate floor here.
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use cement backer board to make your tiling work go faster.
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.
Get great exterior house paint colors. We've got exterior house paint color ideas that you can duplicate for your own home.
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
A bump out is far less than a house addition, and even a sun room addition. But even a small bump out can feel like you've added a lot of space.
Learn the basics of granite slab countertops before you buy. Granite slab countertops are far too expensive a purchase to jump into without some knowledge of the material.
It seems like Bellawood wood flooring is everywhere nowadays. Is Bellawood any good? Find out in our product review.
Your guide to subfloor for wood, tile, laminate, and other types of interior flooring.
What is the best type of solid flooring to install in very wet places (like basements) or semi-wet, moist places like kitchens and bathrooms?
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
We had a question from a reader about quartz countertops. What is a quartz countertop? Are quartz countertops better than granite or Corian countertops?
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
A dream of many owners, self-priming paint is here. Or is it really?
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
Want great kitchen countertop ideas? Find popular kitchen countertops like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat choices like concrete, glass, and steel.
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
It's easy and cheap to add an accent wall to charge up your room.
You don't have to hire a company to remove asbestos siding. It can be a DIY job if you're cautious enough.
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
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.
The electric bills you receive during the summer months are probably the highest of the year, thanks to your air conditioner. If yours is on its last leg or you've just moved into a new apartment and need a window unit, learn how to calculate the proper size. A properly sized AC rewards you with energy savings all summer long.
Follow these bathroom remodeling steps to transform an ugly, barely-functional bathroom into a thing of beauty!
Electrical code basics and highly recommended practices for kitchen renovation.
Installing cement backer board will make your tiling work go faster and smoother.
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
We'll help you figure out floor joist spans for common sizes, using timber found at your local Lowe's or Home Depot.
Q: What is the best basement flooring? A: The best basement flooring...
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
Check out the Janka rating for the type of wood floor you want to buy. Page 2.
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. Find out how to paint your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
List of manufacturers and brands of luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring.
In the long-ago past, Lumber Liquidators was the best insider secret for hardwood, engineered, and laminate flooring. Find out in this Lumber Liquidators review if they are still holding their position.
Not all shingles can be used for every type of roof pitch. Learn how your roof pitch determines the type of shingles you can use.
Vessel sinks have suddenly become popular. But do some research before jumping into the purchase of your vessel sink.
Find out how you can use the 10 x 10 kitchen plan as a guide for your own kitchen.
Can I build an attic floor on my existing joists?
Kitchen cabinets represent one of the most expensive purchases in your kitchen remodel. Find out how to beat the high cost of kitchen cabinets with these tricks.
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
Which is better - plywood or OSB for flooring?
What is the best grout removal tool?
Are Simonton windows any good? A window company recommended them to a reader.