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.
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
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!
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
Free online plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
The best time to paint your house exterior isn't necessarily the height of summer. Find out how far painting season stretches.
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.
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
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?
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.
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
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 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!
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
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!
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.
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
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 methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
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.
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
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Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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.
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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.
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
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.
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
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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.
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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.
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
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.
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
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.
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
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?
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
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.
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.
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Soothing neutral tan colors give this living room a Southwest feeling.
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.
What is average kitchen size? Home Renovations.
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find online. But Corian is transparent. Here are representative prices for full installations.
Need ideas? This gallery of small kitchen photos will pave the way to a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
Even though most window companies don't want you to know this, it is possible to replace your own windows.
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
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You can't just install an asphalt driveway whenever you feel like it. Find out the best time for this.
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Your guide to subfloor for wood, tile, laminate, and other types of interior flooring.
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
The smallest kitchen featured: the entire design is laid out on a kitchen island.
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
What is PEI rating and how does it affect my selection of porcelain and ceramic tile?
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.
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Install metal roofing? You may have seen this in architectural magazines, but how about on your house?
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
I got a question from a reader:. Home Renovations.
Learn the basics about drywall screws and which drywall screw you might want to purchase.
Romex® is a brand of non-metallic (NM) building wire made by Southwire. NM is used to refer to any type of electrical wiring sheathed in a plastic coating.
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.
Find out your basement heating options for a finished basement.
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.
How much does Roto Rooter cost to unclog a sewer main line and unclog a branch drain? They are courteous and careful, but you pay for the convenience.
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.