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30 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.
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.
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.
Will You Allow These 30 Gorgeous Backsplashes...
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
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.
10 Small Kitchens We Love
Get ideas for ways to make your small kitchen work for you.
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.
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.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A guide to practical designs you can implement in your small kitchen.
Why Painting Your Cabinets Is a Smarter...
Painting kitchen cabinets is not easy. Yet compared to the huge cost of buying new cabinets, it begins to look a lot more attractive.
30 Bathroom Tiles You Will LOVE
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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.
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.
10 Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
20 Bathroom Decorating Ideas You'll Fall In...
An extensive photo gallery of bathroom decorating ideas in photos and text.
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.
20 Bathroom Paint Colors To Inspire Your Redesign
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
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.
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.
Here's Every Step Needed To Remodel a Kitchen.
Start here and learn how the basic steps in remodeling a kitchen from beginning to end.
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).
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.
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.
A Few of These 20 Kitchen Countertop Ideas May...
See popular kitchen countertop ideas like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat ones like concrete, glass, and steel.
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.
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
10 Steps To Building Your Own House
Building your own house is quite a big deal. This guide outlines the process in 10 steps.
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 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?
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!
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.
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.
Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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.
Best to Worst: Grading 13 Basement Flooring Ideas
Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? We evaluate your best--and worst--floor options for basements.
Tile Backsplash Ideas
Looking for great tile backsplash ideas?
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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?
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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?
See What Happens When We Rate 10 Common...
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and 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.
11 Pictures Guaranteed To Jumpstart Your...
A collection of bathroom remodeling pictures to use as stylistic templates for your own remodel.
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.
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.
The Top 4 Small Kitchen Plans
Get small kitchen plans you can use directly from Autodesk Homestyler.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
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.
Discover 1 Cheaper Way To Fix Fogged Windows...
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
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?
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.
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.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Shower Tile Ideas
At a loss for ideas? Here are some shower tile ideas with this photo gallery.
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.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Will These 16 Rustic, Country Kitchens Inspire...
Country-style kitchens don't all look like something from Martha Stewart. Check out these variations in our photo gallery.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
5 Must-Know Bathroom Painting Tips
Get some great bathroom painting tips.
Building a Home Addition: Advice, Pictures, and...
Great photo of a family room addition with exposed beams.
Online Remodel Calculators Are Dumb. Here Are 4...
My personal list of the best online calculators for home remodeling: tiling, siding, counters, and roofing.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
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.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Craftsman House Colors: Get Inspired with These...
Craftsman was an influential and popular style of architecture. Houses in this style still remain, and more are being built in that style.
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.
Why You Should (& Should Not) Install...
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
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.
You Can Paint In Humid Air. But Beware Of...
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
You Can Build This Gorgeous Garden Pond In 13...
It's easy to dig your own garden pond if you know the right steps. Here is an overview of the process.
Where to Buy DIY Replacement Windows for Your...
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Cheap Countertops Do Exist. But Where Do You...
Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
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 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?
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.

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