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7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
We have free small house plans that you can use to remodel your home or build a new home with.
Gorgeous, Inspirational Kitchen Backsplashes...
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
30 Bathroom Tile Ideas That Will Astonish You
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
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.
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.
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.
Vinyl or Laminate: Which Flooring is Best For...
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Best to Worst: Grading 13 Basement Flooring Ideas
Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? We evaluate your best--and worst--floor options for basements.
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.
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
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.
20 Bathroom Decorating Ideas You'll Fall In...
An extensive photo gallery of bathroom decorating ideas in photos and text.
20 Kitchen Countertops: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet
See popular kitchen countertop ideas like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat ones like concrete, glass, and steel.
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).
10 Steps To a Kitchen Remodel
Start here and learn the basic steps in remodeling a kitchen from beginning to end.
9 Amazing Small Kitchens To Inspire Your Remodel
Need ideas? This gallery of small kitchen photos will pave the way to a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
30 Bathroom Tiles You Will LOVE
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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?
10 Small Kitchens We Love
Get ideas for ways to make your small kitchen work for you.
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.
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.
Why Small Kitchens Are Big In Everything But Size
Small kitchens get a bad rap, but I believe they excel. Here are reasons why, a few basics, design tips, and some layouts.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A guide to practical designs you can implement in your small kitchen.
Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
10 Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
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.
25 Killer Small Bathroom Design Tips From...
Top designers and decorators offer their best on how to deal with small bathroom remodeling.
Tile Backsplash Ideas
Looking for great tile backsplash ideas?
20 Bathroom Paint Colors To Inspire Your Redesign
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Top 5 Ways To Paint Your Bathroom--The RIGHT Way
These short bathroom painting tips will make your project go faster and cleaner!
10 Steps To Building Your Own House
Building your own house is quite a big deal. This guide outlines the process in 10 steps.
The Easy Way To Read a Tape Measure--Even If...
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
What is the Best Laminate Floor Cleaner?
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner. Not all cleaners and methods are the same, and some might even damage your floor.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
Drywall Is Awful Stuff. Are There Alternatives?
Drywall is still the best and often only material available for closing up interior walls. But it's miserable stuff. So here are some other wall coverings.
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?
Laminate vs. Engineered Wood Floor
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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 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?
Installing a New Fridge? What You Need to Know...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
15 Colors We Love for the Kitchen
Need a few kitchen color ideas? Check out this gallery from major paint companies and choose one 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?
The Top 4 Small Kitchen Plans
Get small kitchen plans you can use directly from Autodesk Homestyler.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
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.
Plank Vinyl Is Now The Go-To, Self-Install...
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
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?
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.
Jaw-Dropping: Unique Kitchen Tile Ideas You'll...
Lacking tile ideas for your kitchen? Lack no more with this gallery of gorgeous, unique tile installations you can duplicate for your own home.
Cozy! 20 Warm Rustic, Country Kitchen Ideas
Country and rustic kitchens do not all look like mountain cabins. See the entire range of country/rustic kitchen style in this photo gallery.
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.
9 Replacement Windows Basics You Must Know
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a company.
10 Color Scheme Ideas For Your House Exterior!
What color should your house exterior be? With these expertly-designed paint color schemes, you can make your house the showplace of the block.
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.
10 Exterior Paint Colors We Love
Get great exterior house paint colors. We've got exterior house paint color ideas that you can duplicate for your own home.
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next remodeling project.
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.
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 Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
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?
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Save Big by Buying Used Showroom Display Cabinets
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
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.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Beyond the Wallpaper: 12 Fab Wall Covering Ideas
Looking for wall coverings other than the obvious (paint)? Look at this idea gallery for stone, metal, tin, and other creative wall coverings.
See What Happens When We Rate 10 Common...
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Overview of Basement Finishing Systems
What basement finishing systems are available? How much do these basement finishing systems cost?
Make Quick Work of Nasty Grout With These...
Don't rip out tile grout with a screwdriver when there are better tools made for the purpose of grout removal, both electric and manual.
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
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.
Building a Home Addition: Advice, Pictures, and...
Great photo of a family room addition with exposed beams.
Why Sealing Tile Grout Isn't Such a "Thankless...
Face it, sealing tile grout is no fun. But this thankless task pays you back over the long-term by keeping stains, mold, and mildew at bay.
Grout Haze Cleaning Is Easier With This Method
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
11 Pictures Guaranteed To Jumpstart Your...
A collection of bathroom remodeling pictures to use as stylistic templates for your own remodel.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Use Regular Paint On Trim. Find Out What...
All about trim paint, why you should buy it instead of regular wall paint, and representative brands.
Water in the Crawl Space: Is it Worth Fixing...
Find out how to get rid of water in the crawl space.
Why You Can Stop Hating Laminate Countertops...
Laminate countertops are an old thing that is coming back. Find out why.
What's the One Word That Makes Your Kitchen...
Slab cabinet doors usually signify a modern style. Are they right for your kitchen or bathroom?
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.
How to Install Stair Railing
Easy instructions on how to install new stair railing.
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Why You Should (& Should Not) Install...
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
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.
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.

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