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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.
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!
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
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.
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.
12 House Features Only People Born in the '60s...
Were you born in the 1950s or 1960s? Here are house features you may remember from that period.
10 Small Kitchens We Love
Get ideas for ways to make your small kitchen work for you.
30 Bathroom Tiles You Will LOVE
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
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.
Find Your Ideal Kitchen Layout: Ideas for Every...
A guide to practical designs you can implement in your small kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
20 Bathroom Decorating Ideas You'll Fall In...
An extensive photo gallery of bathroom decorating ideas in photos and text.
20 Bathroom Paint Colors To Inspire Your Redesign
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
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.
10 Showers to Inspire Your Bathroom Renovation
Check out our bathroom shower ideas you can use for your own house.
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!
Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
Tile Backsplash Ideas
Looking for great tile backsplash ideas?
10 Steps To Building Your Own House
Building your own house is quite a big deal. This guide outlines the process in 10 steps.
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.
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?
Best to Worst: Grading 13 Basement Flooring Ideas
Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? We evaluate your best--and worst--floor options for basements.
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?
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
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.
10 Kitchen Design Photos, From Classic To...
Tons of great kitchen design photos for your next remodeling project.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh The Pros and Cons
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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?
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.
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
See What Happens When We Rate 10 Common...
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
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.
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?
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
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.
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Discover 1 Cheaper Way To Fix Fogged Windows...
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
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.
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.
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?
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Building a Home Addition: Advice, Pictures, and...
Great photo of a family room addition with exposed beams.
11 Pictures Guaranteed To Jumpstart Your...
A collection of bathroom remodeling pictures to use as stylistic templates for your own remodel.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
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.
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Wall Colors We Love for the Living Room
Get inspiration for your living room colors with our picture gallery.
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.
The Top 4 Small Kitchen Plans
Get small kitchen plans you can use directly from Autodesk Homestyler.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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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.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
Check Out These 11 Amazing Tile Counters
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
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.
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.
Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
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.
Why Sealing Tile Grout Isn't Such a "Thankless...
Face it, sealing tile grout is no fun. But this thankless task pays you back over the long-term by keeping stains, mold, and mildew at bay.
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?
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.
Stair Design Ideas
Stair design ideas in pictures. See great staircase ideas for your next staircase project.
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.
Installing a New Fridge? What You Need to Know...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
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.
Where to Buy DIY Replacement Windows for Your...
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Yes, These Are the World's BEST Tile 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.
Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Buying...
Double-hung and slider windows are the most popular. Why aren't casement windows more popular?
Save Big by Buying Used Showroom Display Cabinets
One little-known avenue for finding inexpensive kitchen cabinets: display kitchen cabinets in kitchen/bath showrooms.
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.
5 Types of Roofing Materials You Should Know
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
Shower Tile Ideas
At a loss for ideas? Here are some shower tile ideas with this photo gallery.
How to Install Stair Railing
Easy instructions on how to install new stair railing.
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.
8 Warm, Cozy Stone Fireplace Surrounds
A photo gallery of stone fireplace surrounds that you can build or have a mason build for you.
You Can Paint In Humid Air. But Beware Of...
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?
How to Lay Laminate Flooring in One Day
Yes, you can lay laminate flooring by yourself and you can do one room in a day. Find out how with this easy guide.
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?
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
10 Gorgeous House Siding Colors That Take You...
Bold, brilliant house siding colors that beat the ugly grays and tans of your neighbors' homes.
Building Code Guidelines for Deck Rails and...
This building code cheatsheet is derived from the most recent International Building Code (IBC). The IBC is a model code.
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...
What You Didn't Know about IKEA Kitchen Cabinets
Here's a walk through some of the basics of the IKEA kitchen cabinet system, including a look into Ikea's cost-saving particleboard.
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.
Instant Door? Yes, It's Light and (Semi-) Easy...
Installing a bi-fold door is simple--but you need to get the hardware in place before you put up the bifold door, and that's a bit tricky. Here's how to install a bifold door.
Understanding Your Home's Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Moss Taking Over Your Roof? Banish It for Good
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
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.
Overview of Basement Finishing Systems
What basement finishing systems are available? How much do these basement finishing systems cost?
Get Smoother Results. Choose the Right...
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Grout Haze Cleaning Is Easier With This Method
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
Why You Can Stop Hating Laminate Countertops...
Laminate countertops are an old thing that is coming back. Find out why.
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.
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.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
It's Raining. Can You Paint Your House?
Can you paint a house when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
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.
Installing Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick Walls
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
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?
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
"Vaulted Ceilings Are Evil." What Gives?
Some people consider vaulted ceilings to be the devil incarnate. Other love them. What gives?
Laminate Countertops: A Buyer's Photo Guide
Get the skinny on laminate countertops. Our Laminate Countertop Buyer's Guide gives you the basics on this popular kitchen and bathroom countertop material.
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.
"Rough In"? This Basic Remodeling Term Defined.
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4 Kits For Building Stair and Balcony Railings
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
Do You Know Your Stairway Building Code...
IRC stairway code pertaining to handrails and guards for stairs and landings.
"Surface Remodeling" Just May Be The Way To...
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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.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Remodeling a 1950s Home? This Is What Kitchens...
Want to see what a real Fifties kitchen looked like for your own home remodel?
Roof Replacement 101: When and How to Replace...
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
Did You Know: Angle of Your Roof Determines...
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?
Your Handy Guide to Drywall Size and Thickness
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
Small Bathroom Design Advice
Top bathroom remodelers, designers, and other industry professionals give you advice on how to deal with small bathroom remodeling.
Exterior Paint Color Schemes
Get great exterior paint color schemes laid out that you can duplicate for your own house.
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
Is Mold Remediation Just a Big Scam?
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
Here's Why a Sunroom Is Not an "Addition"...
Sunroom additions seem like a no-brainer, cost-wise, when compared to regular stick-built additions. But are they really?
Install Metal Roofing
Install metal roofing? You may have seen this in architectural magazines, but how about on your house?
3 Kitchen Colors You Probably Didn't Think...
Some kitchen colors are obvious favorites; others are pariahs. Is there a way to make black, red, or blue work in a kitchen? Sure...
Should You Install Laminate Floor In The...
We know it's possible to install laminate floor in the kitchen, but is it really recommended? Definitive answers here.
Online Remodel Calculators Are Dumb. Here Are 4...
My personal list of the best online calculators for home remodeling: tiling, siding, counters, and roofing.
7 Facts About Solid Surface Counters--Before...
Solid surface countertops are highly valued because of their beauty and ability to be shaped in unique ways.
Why You Should (& Should Not) Install...
Why do you need underlayment when installing laminate flooring? Get the facts.
7 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets represent one of the most expensive purchases in your kitchen remodel. Find out how to beat the high cost of kitchen cabinets.
Spruce Up Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets With One...
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
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.
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?
Simonton Windows: Worth Buying?
If you're hesitating on Simonton windows, read these 3 facts about this company first.
Gutter Guards
An overview of your options for leaf gutter guard systems.

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