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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.
7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
Exterior view of a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house, with plans on the next page.
20 Bathroom Tile Ideas We Love
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
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.
20 Gorgeous Backsplashes To Inspire You
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
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.
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 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?
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?
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).
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?
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.
Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring: Which One Wins?
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
This pedestal sink and toilet arranged diagonally is one effective way to save space in a small bathroom.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Water in the Crawl Space: Is it Worth Fixing...
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.
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house. Page 2.
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.
Your Complete Guide to Tools and Materials
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
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?
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.
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next kitchen remodeling project.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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Check Out These 11 Amazing Tile Counters
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
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.
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?
This Is the Best Time to Paint Your Home's...
The best time to paint your house exterior isn't necessarily the height of summer. Find out how far painting season stretches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
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?
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
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.
20 Ways to Update the Look of Your Bathroom
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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.
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.
Wall Colors We Love for the Living Room
A rich gold living room color off-set with white trim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
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.
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
"Surface Remodeling" Just May Be The Way To...
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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.
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.
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.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A classic 10 x 10 foot, U-shaped small kitchen. Page 8.
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?
Is Plank Vinyl Flooring Right for Your Home?
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
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 Change the Color of Your Grout
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Installing a New Refrigerator? What You Need to...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
20 Bathroom Tiles We Love
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
How to Clean Icky Grout Haze
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
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.
Can You Install Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
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.
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.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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What is Greenboard Drywall and How is it Used?
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Jack Up Your House Yourself: Yes Or No?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
5 Types of Roofing Materials You Should Know
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Legal and Safety Issues You Must Consider...
A country-style stone fireplace surround with a custom-matched grout color.
Whoa There...Are You Sure You Want To Build...
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
4 Options for Your Basement's Subflooring
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
What Is a Solid Core Wood Door and How Is It...
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
Choose the Right Sandpaper Grit for Your Project
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Electrical Code In a Nutshell For Homeowners
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.
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.
The Truth About Corian Counter Prices
Cost estimates of counters are hard to find. But here are representative prices for full Corian installations.
Understanding Your Home's Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
When to Use Thinset or Mastic as Tile Adhesive
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
List of The Top Tile Manufacturers
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.
What's the Easiest Electrical Cosmetic Fix You...
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
Learn The Basic Layouts for Kitchen Design
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
"Rough In"? This Basic Remodeling Term Defined.
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Installing Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick Walls
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
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.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
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.
We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Standing Seam...
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
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.
Choosing the Right Electric Baseboard Heaters...
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
What Is Cement Backer Board and How Do I Use It?
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
How Much Our Kitchens Have Expanded Since the...
What is average kitchen size? Home Renovations.
Crooked Cabinet Door? Here's How to Adjust the...
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.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
Learn About 7 Basic Floor Transition Strips
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
How Much Does Roto Rooter Cost?
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.
Choosing the Right Insulation for 2x4 and 2x6...
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
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