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20 Bathroom Tile Ideas That Will Astonish You
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
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 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.
7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
Free online plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
20 Gorgeous Backsplashes To Inspire You
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
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.
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.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
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.
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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.
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.
20 Ways to Update the Look of Your Bathroom
>>> Next: A Classic Look... Benjamin Moore describes these colors as having a feeling of "serenity and
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.
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).
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.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A classic 10 x 10 foot, U-shaped small kitchen. Page 8.
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.
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?
Check Out These 11 Amazing Tile Counters
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
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?
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.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
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.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
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.
Your Complete Guide to Tools and Materials
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house. Page 2.
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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.
Wall Colors We Love for the Living Room
Some relaxing Craftsman-like living room colors in tan and light brown.
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?
20 Bathroom Tiles We Love
Accent and border tiles liven up your bathroom's field tile.
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
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.
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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...
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
"Surface Remodeling" Just May Be The Way To...
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8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
Your Handy Guide to Drywall Size and Thickness
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
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?
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
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.
Cleaning Your Laminate Floor Is Way Easier Than...
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
10 Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
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.
Spruce Up Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets With One...
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
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 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.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
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.
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
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?
Save Big by Buying Used Showroom Display Cabinets
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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Learn The Basic Layouts for Kitchen Design
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
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.
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.
We Rate and Review 10 Common Countertop Materials
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
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.
Legal and Safety Issues You Must Consider...
Another nice example of a ledgestone fireplace surround.
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.
Can These 16 Rustic, Country Kitchens Inspire...
A bit of the French country style for this kitchen with white-painted cabinets and glass fronts.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
Small Bathroom Design Advice
Top bathroom remodelers, designers, and other industry professionals give you advice on how to deal with small bathroom remodeling.
The Truth About Corian Counter Prices
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find. But here are representative prices for full Corian installations.
Tile Mastic vs. Thinset Mortar: When To Use...
On ceramic or porcelain, when do you use thinset vs. mastic? The two materials, after all, are not interchangeable.
What Are Your Top 7 Kitchen Countertops?
You have a host of countertop options for the kitchen, but which ones stand out? Here are your top 7 countertop options.
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