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.
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare? Here is a point-by-point comparison with a recommendation of the best between the two.
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
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?
Free online plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
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.
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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?
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Slab cabinet doors usually signify a modern style. Are they right for your kitchen or bathroom?
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
Where can you find cheap designer wood parquet flooring?
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
People often speak of laminate vs. engineered wood flooring in the same breath, as if they were the same thing. I'd like to say that Nothing could be
I present to you, above, the least objectionable item in my list of 10 decade-defining elements from the 1970s. Not the phone: the color. Yellow was
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house. Page 2.
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
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.
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
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.
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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.
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
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Learn the basics about drywall screws and which drywall screw you might want to purchase.
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
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 BX or armored wire and how would you use it when renovating a house?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
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.
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
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.
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
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.
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.
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Corian is manufactured by DuPont and is generally less expensive than quartz or granite kitchen counters. Here are some cost estimates.
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.
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
A sunroom addition often seems like a great deal. Let's answer some of your questions about sunroom additions.
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Recently, I found the best tile calculator that I have seen in a long time. Tile calculators are a dime a dozen, but this Flash-based calculator gives you a good
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Can you paint when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
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.
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?
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
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.
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
Sawzall is both a reciprocating saw made by Milwaukee Tools and a generic term.
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.
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Simonton makes vinyl windows, which are fine.They last forever and never need to be painted. (The flip side is that you cannot paint them effectively.)
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
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.
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.
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
Q: What is the best basement flooring? A: The best basement flooring...
Tips for removing trim and molding from walls without breaking it.
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Can I use latex paint over the oil-based paint on cabinets if I use a primer?
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
Looking to save some money and challenge your home improvement skills? Learn how to install new roof shingles, in just a few easy steps.
Great tips on how to install mosaic tile sheets.
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.
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?
I got a question from a reader:. Home Renovations.
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
What is the best tile for tiling a small bathroom? Shape, color, etc.?
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
Yes, you can get tile that looks like wood flooring. In fact, scarily so.
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.
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
Is it possible to make kitchen or bathroom backsplash installation even easier? Peel and stick backsplash tile makes that promise.
Ready to install your over the range microwave? We'll show you how to do it properly to ensure a high-quality DIY job.
Debating the various aspects--good and bad--of building an addition to your house.
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.
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?
Is is possible to buy waterproof laminate? You won't find many options.
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
In praise of one of the best tools around: the rubber mallet.
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
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My top tips for painting your house's exterior, while keeping your sanity intact.
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
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.
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
Learn how to negotiate the sometimes tricky world of replacement windows with this quick, compact guide that cuts through the mystery.
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.