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Home Renovations: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Which is Right for Your Home: Porcelain or...
What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Bathroom Tile Ideas for a Fresh New Look
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
Quartz vs. Granite: What's the Better Countertop?
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare in quality, durability, and price?
A Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
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?
Are These the 7 Best Kitchen Colors?
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
Struggling to Pick Kitchen Paint Colors? Here...
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
3 Floor Plans for Small Houses
Plans for the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 882 sq. ft. house. Page 7.
Is Bathroom Paint Worth the Extra Price?
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does bathroom paint differ from regular interior house paint?
What Can I Do about a Failed Window Seal?
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.
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.
Stair Risers, Treads, and Stair Width
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
Painting Your Tiles? Read This First!
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. But how do you paint tile...and are the risks involved worth it?
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 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?
Easy Steps for Removing Tile Grout
It's easy to remove tile grout--much easier than you might expect. Find out how to remove grout.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
Easy Steps for Converting a 4 Prong Dryer Cord...
When moving a newer dryer into an older house, one common problem is that the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
Secrets to Finding Inexpensive Kitchen Cabinets...
Kitchen cabinets are expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap kitchen cabinets. By being creative, you can find cheap kitchen cabinets.
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.
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.
Moss Taking Over Your Roof? How to Banish It...
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
The Estimated Cost of Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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 flooring choice.
Sunroom Addition
A sunroom addition often seems like a great deal. Let's answer some of your questions about sunroom additions.
How Much Should the Granite Cost for a Kitchen...
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is the cost of granite within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
Your Handy Guide to Drywall Size and Thickness
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
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.
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 grout sealer?
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!
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Durable Flooring
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
Explore 7 Bathroom Flooring Options
Style, durability, and resistence to moisture are three main considerations when looking for bathroom flooring. Let's look at all of your options--carpet, solid hardwood, laminate flooring, engineered wood, stone, vinyl, and ceramic tile.
Jacking Up Your House By Yourself: A Cautionary...
It's your not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale about the woes of DIY house jacking.
Is it possible to "defog" a double-paned window...
I've heard about window defogging. Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
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.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh the Pros and Cons
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Can You Tile Over Vinyl Floor?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Where Can You Buy DIY Replacement Windows?
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Durable Siding Option You Probably Never Heard Of
Is HardiPlank right for your home? Find out if the higher costs associated with HardiPlank are worth it.
4 Essential Steps to Painting Wood
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about how to paint wood.
Cheap Flooring
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
What Is the Cost of Bathtub Refinishing?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
The 13 Steps to a Full Home Renovation
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? While not set in stone, the process of renovating does have a few key concepts.
Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
What Is Painting Season for a House Exterior?
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Bathtub and Shower Liners
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.
Grout Haze Cleaning
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Peel and Stick Backsplash
Is it possible to make kitchen or bathroom backsplash installation even easier? Peel and stick backsplash tile makes that promise. But can it deliver?
Easy, Fast, and Cheap Bathroom Remodeling
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Building and remodeling permits are funny things.
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.
Are Replacement Windows Really Worth it?
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
Engineered Wood Flooring
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.
Kitchen Design Help Without the Cost of an...
A list of kitchen design software to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
20 Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplashes
A gallery of great kitchen backsplash ideas.
Can You Install Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick?
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Corian Price - How Much Does Corian Cost?
Want to know the price of Corian? Corian price is difficult to nail down, but I think I can help you here with a list of some Corian prices.
Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
What's the Difference Between a Pre-Hung Door...
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
Plank Vinyl Flooring
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
Change Grout Color?
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Tile That Looks Like Wood Flooring
Yes, you can get tile that looks like wood flooring. In fact, scarily so.
Corian, Quartz, and Granite Countertop...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
What is the Best Laminate Floor Cleaner? Be...
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Basics of Standing Seam Metal Roofs
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
Roof Replacement - What to Know
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Painting Cedar Siding
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Which Kind of Tile Mortar to Use?
Which kind of tile mortar to use?
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
Plywood Underlayment
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Best Countertop
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
What Does Romex or NM Mean?
When discussing electrical parts, you often hear the word Romex or NM. What does it mean?
How To Read a Tape Measure
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math. Page 2.
Choose Your Bathroom Wall Surfaces Carefully
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.
A Ballpark Estimate of What It'll Cost to...
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Q: Should I Install Floor Before Cabinets or...
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
Attic Conversion Regulations
With the cost of fully-fledged home additions costing $75,000 rock-bottom minimum and usually far higher,
Replacement Windows: a Definitive Guide
Learn how to negotiate the sometimes tricky world of replacement windows with our Replacement Windows Definitive Guide.
8 Laminate Flooring Brands
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
Running Wire in Open Walls
When running wire in open walls, it is crucial to learn some basic installation techniques to make the job safer and easier.
How to Rent a Dumpster or Container for Home...
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?
List of Tile Manufacturers and Companies
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 is Greenboard Drywall?
Contrary to what some people may think, greenboard drywall is not used in shower stalls.
When to Use Thinset or Mastic as Tile Adhesive
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Paint Sprayer: Right for Your Job?
Find out if a paint sprayer is right for your job. Paint sprayers can cover side areas in a short amount of time, but there are problems involved, too.
Should You Build a House Addition?
Debating the various aspects--good and bad--of building an addition to your house.
Tile Calculator - "The Tile Estimator"
An amazing tile calculator. In a world filled with tile calculators that do essentially what you can
Basement Subfloor
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
How to Find Your House's Main Water Shutoff Valve
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
Bathroom Tile Pictures
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
Fiberglass or Acrylic Shower/Bath Repair with...
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.
Cheap Replacement Windows: Myth or Reality?
Showing you how to find cheap replacement windows. After all, why pay top-dollar, when you can get cheap replacement windows instead?
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Basics
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Basement Flooring Ideas
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
Electric Radiant Floor Heating
An overview of electric radiant floor heating. Did you know that radiant floor heating isn't just for Winter?
Wood Floor Hardness Rating: the Janka Chart
The Janka scale gives hardness ratings for wood flooring. Page 3.
How to Adjust Cabinet Hinges
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.
Replace an Old Electrical Outlet
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
Install Mosaic Tile Sheets
Great tips on how to install mosaic tile sheets.
How to Install a Floating Laminate Floor
Laminate floor installation is not as easy as it looks on paper. Learn about installing a floating laminate floor here.
Building a Room Addition
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
Why is Cement Backer Board So Great? (And What...
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use cement backer board to make your tiling work go faster.
What is the Electrical Code?
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.
Exterior House Paint Colors
Get great exterior house paint colors. We've got exterior house paint color ideas that you can duplicate for your own home.
Sanded Tile Grout
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Bump Out
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.
Granite Slab Countertops
Learn the basics of granite slab countertops before you buy. Granite slab countertops are far too expensive a purchase to jump into without some knowledge of the material.
Bellawood Wood Flooring Review
It seems like Bellawood wood flooring is everywhere nowadays. Is Bellawood any good? Find out in our product review.
Flooring Subfloor
Your guide to subfloor for wood, tile, laminate, and other types of interior flooring.
What's the Best and Worst Solid Flooring for...
What is the best type of solid flooring to install in very wet places (like basements) or semi-wet, moist places like kitchens and bathrooms?
Why (or Not) to Install Rolled Roofing
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
Quartz Countertops
We had a question from a reader about quartz countertops. What is a quartz countertop? Are quartz countertops better than granite or Corian countertops?
Types of Electric Baseboard Heaters
A description of your options for electric baseboard heaters--essential for basement refinishing.
Self Priming Paint
A dream of many owners, self-priming paint is here. Or is it really?
What Size Insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 Walls?
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
Kitchen Countertops - Great Ideas and Pictures
Want great kitchen countertop ideas? Find popular kitchen countertops like granite, laminate, quartz, and solid surface, as well as off-beat choices like concrete, glass, and steel.
Opening a Load-Bearing Wall
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Mold Remediation
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
Accent Wall: Cheap, Easy Total Room Transformat...
It's easy and cheap to add an accent wall to charge up your room.
How To Remove Asbestos Siding Safely
You don't have to hire a company to remove asbestos siding. It can be a DIY job if you're cautious enough.
Kitchen Design - Basic Layouts
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
Regrout Bathroom Tile
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.
How to Size Your Air Conditioner
The electric bills you receive during the summer months are probably the highest of the year, thanks to your air conditioner. If yours is on its last leg or you've just moved into a new apartment and need a window unit, learn how to calculate the proper size. A properly sized AC rewards you with energy savings all summer long.
Remodel Your Bathroom
Follow these bathroom remodeling steps to transform an ugly, barely-functional bathroom into a thing of beauty!
Kitchen Electrical Code Basics
Electrical code basics and highly recommended practices for kitchen renovation.
How To Install Cement Backer Board
Installing cement backer board will make your tiling work go faster and smoother.
Staircase and Balcony Railing Kits For Interior
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
Floor Joist Spans
We'll help you figure out floor joist spans for common sizes, using timber found at your local Lowe's or Home Depot.
What is the Best Basement Flooring?
Q: What is the best basement flooring? A: The best basement flooring...
Laminate Flooring Underlayment
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
Wood Floor Hardness Rating
Check out the Janka rating for the type of wood floor you want to buy. Page 2.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Cabinets
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance. Find out how to paint your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank Flooring Manufactur...
List of manufacturers and brands of luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring.
Lumber Liquidators Review: Is the Upstart...
In the long-ago past, Lumber Liquidators was the best insider secret for hardwood, engineered, and laminate flooring. Find out in this Lumber Liquidators review if they are still holding their position.
Roof Pitch Determines Your Choice Of Roofing...
Not all shingles can be used for every type of roof pitch. Learn how your roof pitch determines the type of shingles you can use.
Vessel Sinks
Vessel sinks have suddenly become popular. But do some research before jumping into the purchase of your vessel sink.
10 x 10 Kitchen
Find out how you can use the 10 x 10 kitchen plan as a guide for your own kitchen.
Build an Attic Floor
Can I build an attic floor on my existing joists?
Learn 7 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Kitchen...
Kitchen cabinets represent one of the most expensive purchases in your kitchen remodel. Find out how to beat the high cost of kitchen cabinets with these tricks.
How to Install Shoe Molding or Quarter-Round...
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
Plywood vs. OSB
Which is better - plywood or OSB for flooring?
Grout Remover Tool
What is the best grout removal tool?
Are Simonton Windows Good?
Are Simonton windows any good? A window company recommended them to a reader.

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