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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!
7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
Exterior view of a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house, with plans on the next page.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
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?
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?
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Pre-Hung vs. Slab Doors = Which To Buy?
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
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!
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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.
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.
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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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.
Your Complete Guide to Tools and Materials
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Choosing the Right Electric Baseboard Heaters...
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
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.
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.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
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.
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.
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?
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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.
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Installing a New Refrigerator? What You Need to...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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...
From Outrageous to Ordinary: 20 Kitchen Counter...
See popular kitchen countertop ideas like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat ones like concrete, glass, and steel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
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?
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Wall Colors We Love for the Living Room
Soothing neutral tan colors give this living room a Southwest feeling.
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.
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.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
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.
20 Bathroom Tiles We Love
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
"Surface Remodeling" Just May Be The Way To...
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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.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A classic 10 x 10 foot, U-shaped small kitchen. Page 8.
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.
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.
Choosing the Right Insulation for 2x4 and 2x6...
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
3 Ways To Retrofit Your Basement With Efficient...
Find out your basement heating options for a finished basement.
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.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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Installing Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick Walls
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
We Rate and Review 10 Common Countertop Materials
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
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.
It's Raining. Can You Paint Your House?
Can you paint a house when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
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.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
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.)
Spruce Up Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets With One...
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
When to Use Thinset or Mastic as Tile Adhesive
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Can You Install Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
7 Steps to an Easy Small Kitchen Renovation
Learn how a small kitchen remodel works, as well as how you can do it for the lowest possible cost.
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.
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.
How to Clean Icky Grout Haze
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
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?
"Rough In"? This Basic Remodeling Term Defined.
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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?
Legal and Safety Issues You Must Consider...
Another nice example of a ledgestone fireplace surround.
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.
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.
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.
The Truth About Corian Counter Prices
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find. But here are representative prices for full Corian installations.
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
How to Install Shoe Molding or Quarter-Round...
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
Discover 1 Cheaper Way To Fix Fogged Windows...
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
5 Types of Roofing Materials You Should Know
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
How Much Our Kitchens Have Expanded Since the...
What is average kitchen size? Home Renovations.
Understanding Your Home's Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
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.
Whoa There...Are You Sure You Want To Build...
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
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.
Where to Buy DIY Replacement Windows for Your...
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
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?
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