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.
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare? Here is a point-by-point comparison with a recommendation of the best between the two.
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.
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
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?
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Can you determine the best possible flooring for bathrooms? We rate flooring for practicality and looks, and help find the right fit for you.
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
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.
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Plans for the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 882 sq. ft. house. Page 7.
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest 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.
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
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.
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Get these super-easy tips for saving on your kitchen remodel costs.
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
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.
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
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Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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.
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
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 the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
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.
Can you paint when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
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.
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
A sunroom addition often seems like a great deal. Let's answer some of your questions about sunroom additions.
Corian is manufactured by DuPont and is generally less expensive than quartz or granite kitchen counters. Here are some cost estimates.
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
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.
Looking to save some money and challenge your home improvement skills? Learn how to install new roof shingles, in just a few easy steps.
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
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.
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
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.
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
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.
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
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.
Yes, you can get tile that looks like wood flooring. In fact, scarily so.
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.
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
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
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Ready to install your over the range microwave? We'll show you how to do it properly to ensure a high-quality DIY job.
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.
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?
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
What is the best tile for tiling a small bathroom? Shape, color, etc.?
Is is possible to buy waterproof laminate? You won't find many options.
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?
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
A bump out is far less than a house addition, and even a sun room addition. But even a small bump out can feel like you've added a lot of space.
Find out the answer to. Home Renovations.
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
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Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
A list of narrow, compact, but stylish slim-line refrigerators for small kitchens.
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
You'll get perfect painted ceiling results by following these tips.
Debating the various aspects--good and bad--of building an addition to your house.
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.
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.
Is it possible to make kitchen or bathroom backsplash installation even easier? Peel and stick backsplash tile makes that promise.
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.)
A tiled shower is the holy grail of bathrooms - clean, neat, and custom-made. But can you tile a shower yourself? Yes.
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
Learn how to negotiate the sometimes tricky world of replacement windows with this quick, compact guide that cuts through the mystery.
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
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.
Tips for removing trim and molding from walls without breaking it.
Stone patios are ideal spots for backyard parties or barbecues. Watch how to build your own stone patio.
Even though most window companies don't want you to know this, it is possible to replace your own windows.
When running wire in open walls, it is crucial to learn some basic installation techniques to make the job safer and easier.
List of manufacturers and brands of luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring.
It seems like Bellawood wood flooring is everywhere nowadays. Is it any good? Find out in our product review.
Carpet has been a mainstay of finished basements. Here we take a close look and differing viewpoints of carpeting in the basement, given that basements can be very moist places.
Learn the basics about drywall screws and which drywall screw you might want to purchase.
Why pay top-dollar when you can get cheap replacement windows instead?
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.