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Additions and Basements
Articles about how to add space to your house by building an addition or finishing your basement.

Basement Flooring and Subfloor
What are the best types of basement flooring and subfloor?

Basement Water Prevention and Mitigation
Basement moisture can be prevented and mitigated if you learn the correct techniques.

Use Powder Actuated Nailer To Drive Nails In Concrete
Powder actuated nailers are a godsend when nailing into concrete. Learn how to use one effectively and safely.

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How To Nail Into Concrete By Hand
Nailing into concrete does not require special tools. You can do this with a hammer, drill, and a special kind of nail designed for this job.

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Window and Door - Trim, Molding, and Casing Tips
Get and give great tips on window and door trim, molding, and casing.

How to Remove Trim or Molding Without Breaking It
You can remove trim from doors and windows by using this little secret about finish nails.

Fence Building Law: Cost Sharing, Notices, and Code
When you build a fence, what legal obligations do you have to your neighbors regarding notification, shared costs, design, and height?

Building Codes for Deck Rails, Guards and Stairs
This building code cheatsheet is derived from the most recent International Building Code (IBC). The IBC is a model code.

Building Codes for Deck Rails, Guards and Stairs
This building code cheatsheet is derived from the most recent International Building Code (IBC). The IBC is a model code.

Walls | Ceiling | Trim
Find out about walls, ceilings, and trim projects you can do when remodeling your home.

Windows and Doors
Windows and Doors. Home Renovations.

Doors - Door Installation - Pre-Hung Doors - Slab Doors
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about doors. Pre-hung doors, slab doors, door trim, door casing...you name it!

Doors - Hints and Tips
Get or give great tips/hints about doors: interior doors, exterior doors, bifold doors, wooden doors, hollow core doors, French doors, you name it!

Retractable Screen Doors - Review of Magnetic Flaps and Roller Types
Easy-to-install screen doors are prevalent and fairly cheap. Do they keep out the bugs? Read these reviews and find out.

Floating Tile Flooring - Ready For Prime Time?
Are floating tile floors a viable option to grouted, mortared tile flooring? No, not yet. And here is why.

What Is a Floating Floor?
The term floating floor refers to a method of installing a floor rather than a specific type of flooring material.

Painting Cedar Siding - Finishes, Primers, and Timing
Painting cedar siding is a delicate matter, dependent on finishes, primers, and timing. Here are ultimate answers from an expert on cedar.

Narrow Refrigerators That Give Your Kitchen More Space
Small kitchens are starved for space. These narrow refrigerators in the 24

Bamboo Flooring - Articles and Advice About Bamboo Floors
Access our library of articles about bamboo flooring for your home.

Flooring Basics - Flooring Joists, Subfloor, Underlayment
Learn about flooring basics such as joists, subfloor, underlayment, and more.

Basement Flooring - Basement Floor
Learn about basement flooring: the best basement flooring, basement subfloor, basement underlayment, moisture, and other basement-related flooring issues.

Floor Transition Strips - Guide To Basic Types
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.

Can You Paint Your House in Humid Air?
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?

Can Slab Jacking Correct Sinking or Tilting Home Foundations?
Learn how slab jacking might be a foundation repair method that will help level and stabilize your house.

How To Fix Sloping, Sagging, and Unlevel 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?

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?

Bathtub Sizes: Reference Guide to Common Tubs
This reference guide gives you standard sizes for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.

Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring - Which Is Best?
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.

Best Home Depot Paint
Secrets of buying paint at Home Depot revealed, such as Behr vs. Glidden and why you should never buy Ralph Lauren Paints.

Cambria Countertops - Basics and Comparisons
What are Cambria countertops and how do they compare to other quartz countertops?

Best Solid Surface Counter Brands - Rated and Reviewed
Top brands of solid surface counters for your kitchen and bathroom rated and compared.

Can You Return Valspar Paint To The Store?
Is it possible to return Valspar Paint? In some cases, yes...

What Is an Open Floor Plan?
What is an open floor plan house? This guide explains what it is, its pros and cons, and gives a short history.

Mid-Century Modern Home Remodel Ideas
Learn the elements of a mid century modern home remodel, along with a few ideas you can use to give your house more of a retro feel.

Wind Energy for Your Home: Pros and Cons
Can you picture a wind turbine in your yard? This home renewable energy system offers many advantages as well as drawbacks.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Rubber Roll or Tiles
From a functional standpoint, rubber flooring works well in a basement. Aesthetically, not so much.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Conventional Laminate
While laminate flooring does have its place in the basement--it's warm, practical, and cheap--it can be damaged during flooding.

Best to Worst: Rating 13 Basement Flooring Ideas
Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? We evaluate your best--and worst--floor options for basements.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Vinyl, Resilient Tile or Sheet
Vinyl is easy to clean and warmer to the touch than other types of basement flooring such as concrete or tile.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Luxury Vinyl Tile Stone-Look
How does luxury vinyl tile rate for basement installations?

Basement Flooring Ideas - Luxury Vinyl Plank (Wood)
Luxury vinyl plank is wood-look vinyl flooring that gives basements a warm look that is impossible to achieve with real wood. Why?

Basement Flooring Ideas - Porcelain Tile That Looks Like Wood
Porcelain tile in the basement? Until now, this has meant a cold, dreary look. Now, there is something more inviting: porcelain tile that looks like wood.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Concrete
Concrete is the most practical basement flooring idea, but hardly the most beautiful or comfortable.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Tile
Tile is one step up from concrete, for use as basement flooring. It's practical and easy to clean, but it's very cold to the touch.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Wall to Wall Carpet
Perhaps the warmest type of basement flooring, wall to wall carpet is cheap to install but will damage easily if it gets water-logged.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Carpet Squares
No, carpet squares don't perform better in the basement than wall-to-wall, but they replace easier.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Waterproof Laminate
Better than conventional laminate, at least when it comes to water spills, is the so-called waterproof laminates.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Engineered Wood
Engineered wood can be used in the basement for flooring, but make sure to keep your basement very dry.

Basement Flooring Ideas - Cork Roll, Plank, and Squares
Cork is another idea for basement flooring--it helps ward off chill and provides a soft step, but it can rot if subjected to extensive moisture.

Mold Remediation - Scam or Worthwhile Investment?
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?

What It Means To Retrofit Windows
Did you know you can save the cost of replacement windows and get almost the same performance by retrofitting your windows? Learn how.

Polyester vs. Acrylic Solid Surface Counters
Polyester vs. acrylic based solid surface counters: which one is better? I compare the two and help you decide which one to purchase.

Shipping Container Home Additions
You might never imagine that shipping containers could hold the most precious of cargo: your family. Freestanding or residential additions comprised of shipping containers are growing in popularity due to their affordability and flexibility. It doesn't hurt that they're pretty green, too.

Shipping Container Home Additions
You might never imagine that shipping containers could hold the most precious of cargo: your family. Freestanding or residential additions comprised of shipping containers are growing in popularity due to their affordability and flexibility. It doesn't hurt that they're pretty green, too. Page 2.

Celebrities Who Live In Small Houses
Celebrities, by virtue of their wealth, tend to live in mansions. But how about those famous and rich people who live in incredibly small houses?

Kitchen Wall Colors - Blue and Tan Cabin Colors
If you have a cabin or just want your house to feel like one, you can't do better than applying these unique blue and tan wall colors in your kitchen.

Kitchen Wall Colors - Bright Peach and White
Here is a paint color for you kitchen walls in the peach family with sharp white trim lines.

Kitchen Wall Colors - Before and After Martha Stewart Kitchen
Think you've got a busy life? With the remodel and the application of pale green paint, this kitchen quieted down, becoming cooler and more soothing.

Kitchen Wall Colors - Before and After of Painted Cabinets
The cabinet companies tell you not to paint your cabinets (of course). But what if you have perfectly fine wood cabinets that just need a little TLC?

Kitchen Wall Colors To Inspire, Enlighten, and Spark Ideas
Lacking ideas? This gallery of kitchen wall colors has designs from major manufacturers.

Kitchen Wall Colors - Light Green and White Molding
Are you up for the vibrant green wall color in this kitchen? It's not for everyone, but it can liven up a dark space.

Kitchen Wall Colors - Yellowish Green with White Secondary Color
The electric green-yellow wall color for this kitchen plays well with the real wood cabinets, which also have yellow tints.

Neutral Kitchen Wall Colors - More Neutral Colors and a Servery
A cool neutral gray is featured as the wall color (and servery color) in this kitchen.

Buyer's Guide for Laminate Countertops
Get the skinny on laminate countertops for kitchen and bathroom from top brand names.

Granite Laminate Countertops - Laminate Countertops Guide
Get the skinny on laminate countertops.

Realistic High-Def Laminate Counter Graphics
Our Laminate Countertop Buyer's Guide tells you all the details on this popular countertop material.

Buyer's Guide to Wilsonart Laminate Countertops
Get the skinny on laminate countertops.

RTA Kitchen Cabinet Companies Directory
A directory of ready-to-assemble (or RTA) kitchen and bathroom cabinet companies.

RTA Kitchen Cabinet Companies Directory
A directory of ready-to-assemble (or RTA) kitchen and bathroom cabinet companies.

Here Are The Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles
When shopping for kitchen cabinets, one of your most major decisions will be: which door style to choose?

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles
Slab-style kitchen cabinet doors are flat, with no recessed or protrusions. They're all about the contemporary look.

Shaker Style Cabinet Door Is Simple and Classic
The Shaker-style kitchen cabinet door is a classic. Its outer frame creates an attractive shadow effect and protects the edges.

Single Arch or Cathedral Style Kitchen Cabinet Door
The single arch or cathedral-style kitchen cabinet door, a staple of low-cost kitchen remodels.

Double Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door
The double-arch kitchen cabinet door, as the name says, has two arched grooves, one at top, one at bottom.

Beadboard Kitchen Cabinet Door With Shaker-Style Frame
Beadboard style Shaker cabinets give your kitchen a rustic, country feeling.

Mullioned Kitchen Cabinet Door
A mullion-style Shaker door has glass inserts and stiles to give the door a

Wood-Look Thermofoil Cabinet Door
Wood-look thermofoil cabinets are hard to find. Here is one from WalzCraft that combines thermofoil convenience with the richness of wood.

Innermost Cabinets Brand Review
I like the look of Innermost Cabinets, but I'm still not sold on many of their claims.

5 Green Kitchen Countertop Alternatives
In the market for a new kitchen counter? Bypass the typical status symbols for environmentally friendly alternatives without sacrificing style.

Pictures of Recycled Glass Counters - BottleStone
Recycled stone counters inject color and texture into your kitchen decor. Some contain bits of glass as bright as Jolly Ranchers, while others are muted and look like natural stone. We showcase some of the most popular manufacturers.

Pictures of Recycled Glass Counters - EnviroGLAS
Recycled stone counters inject color and texture into your kitchen decor. Some contain bits of glass as bright as Jolly Ranchers, while others are muted and look like natural stone. We showcase some of the most popular manufacturers.

Pictures of Recycled Glass Counters - Vetrazzo
Recycled stone counters inject color and texture into your kitchen decor. Some contain bits of glass as bright as Jolly Ranchers, while others are muted and look like natural stone. We showcase some of the most popular manufacturers.

Pictures of Recycled Glass Counters - IceStone
Recycled stone counters inject color and texture into your kitchen decor. Some contain bits of glass as bright as Jolly Ranchers, while others are muted and look like natural stone. We showcase some of the most popular manufacturers.

Pictures of Recycled Glass Counters - Gilasi
Recycled stone counters inject color and texture into your kitchen decor. Some contain bits of glass as bright as Jolly Ranchers, while others are muted and look like natural stone. We showcase some of the most popular manufacturers.

Roof Replacement Basics You Must Know Before Starting
If you don't know these roof replacement basics before you sign with a contractor, you will pay more and wait longer for your job start.

Green Building Methods and Materials
A collection of articles about green or eco-friendly building methods and materials.

Sunroom Addition Pictures and Ideas
Photo of a room addition that might be a sunroom or conservatory or whatever you would like it to be.

Modular Room Addition Pictures and Ideas
Unique modular room additions from Topsider Homes. You have to see these to believe them.

Room Addition Ideas - Modular Home Addition Plans
Home addition plans from Topsider Homes.

Room Addition Pictures and Ideas - Craftsman Vaulted Ceiling
A vaulted-ceiling room addition with a Craftsman style.

Room Addition Pictures - Family Room Additions
A picture of a modestly-sized family room addition.

Room Additions - Picture Gallery and Ideas
Inspiring pictures of room additions--sunrooms, family rooms, add-ons, and anything else just short of a full-blown house addition.

Room Addition Pictures and Ideas
Gallery of room addition ideas and pictures in our Builder Directory.

Pictures and Ideas - Small Room Addition
Picture of a small, economical room addition, likely less than 140 square feet.

Should You Convert Your Garage To Living Space?
Have you found the perfect

List of Reclaimed Wood Flooring Companies
List of reclaimed wood flooring companies and where to buy it!

Alternative Building Materials
When you think of building materials, you probably think of wood, brick or stone. Have you considered other natural products such as straw or even dirt? Learn the benefits of energy efficient homes constructed from these alternative materials.

Alternative building materials
When you think of building materials, you probably think of wood, brick or stone. Have you considered other natural products such as straw or even dirt? Learn the benefits of energy efficient homes constructed from these alternative materials. Page 2.

Green Building Materials - Research
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Local Materials
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Manufacturing Process
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Green Packaging
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Recycled Content
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Off-gassing
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Green Building Materials - Greenwashing
Not all green building materials are created equal. Before you purchase, examine a product closely and ask yourself a few questions.

Eco-friendly House Paints
Before you pick up that roller or brush, do you know what's in your paint? The majority of paints on the market contain VOCs, which are responsible for their strong odor. However, many manufacturers are going green. Learn to tell the difference between eco-friendly and un-friendly paints.

Best Flooring - Cork
Cork comes out on top as best flooring when you want softness underfoot.

Best Flooring - Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank
Luxury vinyl is your best flooring option if you want to incorporate the look of wood or stone in your house but don't want hassles.

Best Flooring For Trendiness - Wood Look Ceramic Tile
Want to amaze guests to your house? Wood-look ceramic tile looks much like the real thing.

Your Guide to Flooring 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.

Best Green Gadgets For Eco-Remodeling
Want to know how much energy an appliance is using, or even your whole house? Try these green home gadgets to identify areas of improvement or satisfy your geeky side.

Drywall Finishing Levels - an Overview
Find out how paying attention to drywall finishing levels can improve the look of your walls.

Miracle Method Company Profile
Find out how the leader in the bathtub refinishing industry, Miracle Method, got there--and what their plans are for the future.

Miracle Method Wants To Correct Negative Perceptions
Why do consumers have a bad perception of bathtub refinishing? See how Miracle Method has been combating some of these views.

Miracle Method's Views About Bathtub Liners
Find out Miracle Method's views on the bathtub

Miracle Method Franchise System
Miracle Method operates 120 franchises across the country. How does the quality of Miracle Method's franchise system compare to independent bathtub refinishing shops?

Miracle Method Keeps Rein on Its Franchisees
Miracle Methods maintains quality standards--and sometimes

How Much Does Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Cost?
The cost of Miracle Method is comparable with independent bathtub refinishers. Miracle Method cost, though, is cheaper than bathtub liners. Page 6.

Tub Surrounds - Marble Bathtub Surround Ideas
Find great tile tub surround ideas in this picture gallery.

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Tub Surrounds - Bathtub Surround Ideas
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Tub Surrounds - Black and White Bathtub Surround Ideas
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Tub Surrounds - Bathtub Surround Ideas and Listello
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Tub Surrounds - Bathtub Surround Ideas
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Tub Surrounds - Deco Bathtub Surround - Art Deco Surround
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Tub Surrounds - Subway Tile Bathtub Surround
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Tub Surrounds - Bathtub Surround Ideas
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Tub Surrounds - Tile Bathtub Surround
Find great tile tub surround ideas in this picture gallery.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos From Designers
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Powder Room
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Frameless Shower - Travertine
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Frameless Shower - Travertine
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Stencils - Murals
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Tub Room - Bathtub Room
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Chandelier - Lighting
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Frameless Shower - Mirror
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Mural
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Bathroom Remodeling Photos - Powder Room
We've got a gallery of great bathroom remodeling photos from top industry pros.

Cover Up Popcorn Ceiling and Make It Smooth
Can you cover up a popcorn ceiling instead of removing it?

How to Use (and Remove) Anchor Screws in a Wall
Anchor screws can mess up your wall if you don't use them right. Read these tips and save your wall from destruction.

Tile Mortar Guide
If you are wondering which tile mortar to use in which application, this guide can help.

Best Way To Paint A Ceiling
You'll get perfect painted ceiling results by following these tips.

Best Tools For Cutting Ceramic Tile
Cutting ceramic or porcelain tile is a specialized job that requires special tools. Here are your options.

Drive Side Screws To Secure Box To Stud
Use screws to secure the heater box into the stud.

Rip Wire Casing For Electric Wall Heater
With the wires in the heater box, rip the plastic casing off of the electrical wire.

Slide Electric Heater Into Slots On Box
Attach the heater's heating element into the box.

Screw Heater In At Top
Screw heating element into heating box.

Screw Heater Cover Into Place
Add the cover to the electric wall heater and turn it on.

Place Heater Box In Drywall Cutout
Put the heater

Connect Ground Wire To Box
Attach the supply wire's bare ground wire to the green ground screw in the heater box.

Connect Wires On Electric Wall Heater
Make the final wiring connections to the electric wall heater.

Knock Out Wire Access Hole
With your screwdriver, knock out a hole in the heater box for the wires to come through.

Add Wire Strain Relief Collar
Put a wire strain relief collar on the electric heater box and bring the wire through.

Easy Steps To Install an Electric Wall Heater
Add heat easily to a small room by installing an electric wall heater. Let me show you how.

Draw Heater Outline With Template
One way to locate and make an outline for the location of your electric wall heater is to cut a cardboard template.

Cut Out Hole In Drywall For Heater
With the drywall saw, cut out the space in the drywall where the electric heater will be placed.

Victorian House Painted in Garish Colors
Why exactly now did you paint your Victorian home in those psychedelic colors?

Outdoor Kitchen With Eating Bar and Stools
Are outdoor kitchens really necessary or just a plaything of the rich?

Your Bathroom With Wall-To-Wall Carpeting
It's never a good thing to put carpeting in your bathroom, but somehow you think it is. Where did you get that notion?

Your Tuscan Style Kitchen
Is the ultra-trendy Tuscan-style kitchen too pretentious?

Your Pathway Made of Broken-Up Concrete
Does your self-made concrete pathway mean that you're clever or just can't afford to buy real flagstone?

Large Porch In Front of House With Rockers
That big, Southern-style, long and long porch: will you use it or end up spending all of your nights inside, watching TV--as usual?

Minimalist Ultra-Modern Kitchen
In the same way that dogs resemble their owners, home remodels reflect the true nature of their owners.

Giant Marble Block Landing On Cushion of Rubble
Excavators pull down the large block of marble from the Carrara mountains and it falls onto a rubble bed.

Il Capo Directing Excavators at Carrara Quarry
The head supervisor, or Il Capo, directs the initial cutting of the Carrara marble from the mountain.

Front End Loader Transporting Marble Block
This giant block is cut down even smaller, and front end loaders move this smaller marble block away.

Bridge Saw Cuts Marble Into Rough Slabs At Factory
The marble block is cut into rough slabs with a simple, cheaper but slower saw called a bridge saw.

Gang Saw Cuts Marble Into Multiple Slabs At Once
Marble gang saws are the most effective and modern way of cutting marble into rough slabs.

Stone Fabrication Process In Factory
A brief description of the marble fabrication process.

Installing Stone In Your Home
After the long journey and the cutting and fabricating, marble is ready to come to your home and be installed.

How Marble Is Fabricated Into Counters and Flooring Tiles
Wonder where your marble kitchen counter or bath floor came from? Follow the amazing journey of natural stone, from European quarries to your home.

Backfill Retaining Wall Blocks
Shovel sand or gravel behind the wall blocks until it reaches ground level.

Setting Half Block At End Of Course
Use one of your half retaining wall blocks at the end of the row.

Cutting Retaining Wall Block - Cleaving
Hit the cold chisel sharply several times until the block cleaves.

Cutting Block - Set Chisel
How to cut a retaining wall block: first set the cold chisel in the groove at the end.

Check Level With Each Course
As you continue with higher rows, be sure to keep checking that the wall remains level.

Prepare Site For Retaining Wall Blocks
First step in laying a retaining wall is flattening the ground so that it is level and compact.

Backside of Retaining Wall
Note how the back side of the retaining wall is tilting outwards. This is normal.

Maintain Level Between Blocks
Lay the next, adjoining block, using a bubble level to maintain level between the two blocks.

Lay First Block Of Retaining Wall
Begin with one block at the end, firmly pressing it into the sand or gravel base and leveling it.

Lay Base of Sand or Gravel
Pour 1 inch of sand or gravel as a base on which to install the first row of retaining wall blocks.

Complete Retaining Wall
Photo gallery and step by step advice on how to install a short, concrete retaining wall with blocks.

Lay Block In Staggered Fashion
Continue with the second row, laying them in a staggered, brickwork style.

Transport Sod To New Location With Sled
After the sod is removed and loaded onto your sled, slide is away to the new place for transplanting.

Tilt Sod Into Sled
Wheelbarrows are terrible for moving lawn sod. Use a sled instead and save your back.

Tilt Sod On Side and Knock Off Dirt
With the sod cut, tilt the sod piece upward and scrape off the excess soil at the bottom.

Removing Grass Lawn Is First Step For Outdoor Projects
You'll want to remove grass lawn (sod) before starting outdoor projects. Follow these steps for cleaner cuts and larger hunks of transplant-able sod.

Simple, Natural-Wood Garden Footbridge
A footbridge that stays well in the background to let the gardens have the limelight.

Power Washing Shower/Tub Tile Isn't Crazy At All
Sure, it's possible to pressure wash your bathtub tile. But you'll need to take precautions, and I can give you advice about that.

Cheap Garden Bridge
A quite inexpensive five-foot long garden bridge with low shipping charges.

Unusual Fan-Shaped Footbridge
Beautiful Asian-style garden bridge with an unusual fan-shaped railing.

Japanese-Style Garden Footbridge
I just love this reddish wood footbridge in a private Japanese-style garden.

Garden Bridges: Bridge To Nowhere?
A simple, natural wooden garden bridge you can build yourself.

Natural Stone Walkway, No Border
This stone pathway relies on weight and depth to keep the stones intact.

Narrow, Mortared Stone Pathway
A perfectly laid flagstone pathway leading up to a house.

Artificial Stone Pathway With Water In-Between
Here's a great artificial stone pathway with no mortar between the joints.

Elegant Mortared Stone Pathway, Steps, and Columns
A beautifully laid, mortared stone pathway for a house in Georgia.

Multiple Views of Flagstone Path and Patio
Several views of a stone walkway in front of a house that branches away to other areas.

Stone Garden Pathway Bordering Pond
Here you can see a flagstone pathway bordering the banks of an artificial pond.

Easy Flagstone Path Bordered In Brick
An easy way to put in a natural stone walkway, on the cheap.

Smooth, Tight Flagstone Pathway
Photo gallery of natural stone walkway ideas for the front of your house or for your garden.

How To Pick Up a Concrete Slab
How to pick up concrete slabs without hurting yourself.

Comparing Weights of Broken-Up Concrete Slabs
How much do broken concrete slabs weigh?

Uses For Broken Concrete
How to separate and use your broken-up concrete walkway.

Use Prybar To Force Away Stubborn Concrete
How to pull out chunks of broken-up concrete when hitting with a sledgehammer by itself does not work.

Move Out Large Chunks of Concrete With Handtruck
A handtruck is one great way to move large pieces of broken-up concrete walkway.

Break Large Chunks of Concrete
When breaking concrete by hand, sizing is important because you can't carry very large chunks, yet small rubble is hard to move, too.

Let Sledgehammer Fall Onto Concrete
Let the sledgehammer fall onto the concrete walkway rather than swinging it with force.

Dig Under The Concrete With Your Shovel
Breaking up a concrete walkway by hand isn't that hard if you know a few tricks that ease the process.

Nail the Baseboards in Place
Last step is to nail your baseboards to the wall at stud locations with your electric brad nailer.

Find and Mark Location of Wall Studs
Before nailing the baseboards, locate every stud and mark them with painter's tape. If an unfinished wall, you can just mark with a pencil.

Set Saw Before Cutting First Baseboard
Before cutting your first baseboard, set the miter saw in position at just less than 45 degrees.

Cut the First Baseboard
Cut the first baseboard with your electric miter saw, being aware of the position of your

Remove Melted Plastic from Cut Area
Plastic baseboards get burrs when you cut them. To remove, wait until they have cooled, then snap them off.

Set Saw For the Second Baseboard
Before cutting the second baseboard, set the saw in place around 44 degrees.

Cut the Second Baseboard
Now cut your second baseboard. Make sure you're using a fresh finish saw blade for this.

Measure Straight Cuts on Site
When cutting straight or butt ends on your baseboard, you'll always get a better measurement by doing it on-site rather than with a tape measure.

Set the Two Baseboards Together
When your two baseboards are cut right, they should come together like this at the corner.

Mark Direction of Cut on First Baseboard
Detailed step by step instructions on installing perfectly aligned baseboards on your wall.

Dispose of Scrap by Scoring Sheets
You can cut up the waste sheet vinyl into little squares. But it's easier to score it into sections.

Fold Up Your Scored Scrap Pieces
After you have scored your strip of sheet vinyl, then you can fold it up into a packet small enough to fit into your garage can.

Do Not Try to Pull Off Big Sheets
Pulling back the sheet vinyl floor in huge pieces is tempting (to get it done faster?) but I do not recommend this.

Easier to Cut Narrow Strips Than Large Pieces
I highly recommend cutting the sheet vinyl floor into narrow strips about a foot or two wide.

First Try Using a Prybar
I would first try removing the glued perimeter with the blunter pry bar. Who knows? Maybe it will come off.

Use Sharp Tool to Get Glued Areas Off
However, you'll likely need to chip away the adhesive between the sheet vinyl floor and the sub-floor with a sharp tool.

Cut the Center Out and Leave Edges
The concept behind sheet vinyl removal is that the center will not be glued down, just the edges.

Ensure You Are Taking Off Whole Piece
Make sure that, as you pull back the sheet vinyl, you are not de-laminating it.

Mark Your Trim to Identify Where Belongs
I highly recommend marking the back of your trim with numbers to make it easier to install after flooring has been removed.

Take Down Trim First
Before the flooring can be removed, you need to remove all trim and baseboards.

Tools You Will Need To Remove Vinyl Floor
You'll discover it's pretty easy to remove sheet vinyl flooring and dispose of it. Just a few tools and a few hours are needed.

Benefits of Cafe and Saloon Doors
Cafe doors, also known as saloon doors, provide privacy and are simple to install.

Pre-Painted White Louvered Cafe Doors
White louvered cafe doors present a more generic style than the Western saloon doors.

Wide Cafe Doors 54 Inch
Very wide, 54 inch cafe doors, white and pre-painted.

Reclaimed Antique Cafe Doors
Off-beat reclaimed antique wood cafe doors.

Full-Length Cafe Doors
Full length cafe (saloon) doors that cover most of the door opening.

Spindle Top Wood Cafe Door
Your basic Western-style spindle top cafe door.

Bedroom Makeovers - After Photo of Bedroom with Natural Colors
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Bedroom Makeovers - Another After View of Bedroom Makeover
Here's a second shot of the

Bedroom Makeovers - Photo of Bedroom in Its After State
Now, an

Bedroom Makeovers - Another After View of This Second Bedroom
Bedroom makeover in its

Bedroom Makeovers - Before Photo of Bedroom with Horrible Paint
This is a

Bedroom Makeovers -
You've got to see this bedroom in its

Bedroom Makeovers - Before and After Photos
Interested in making over your bedroom? Check out these stunning before-and-after bedroom makeover photos.

How To Remove a Partial Interior Wall
That pesky partial wall is in your way. Because it's a non load-bearing wall, it can be removed. But it's not always so easy. Here's how.

How To Remove a Partial Interior Wall
That pesky partial wall is in your way. Because it's a non load-bearing wall, it can be removed. But it's not always so easy. Here's how.

Retro Doorbells
Here's a collection of retro doorbells and where you can find them.

Framing Hammers Overview and Review of Hart Hammers
A review of HART framing hammers--hickory handle and steel handle.

Average Basement Finishing Cost
What is the average cost to finish a basement?

Beware of These Top Home Improvement Scams
New driveway for $800? Sounds like a great deal until you realize it is a classic home remodel scam. Here are 3 scams you should be careful of.

Remodels That Maximize Curb Appeal For Higher Selling Price
Learn how curb appeal home remodels increase buyers' visual interest in your home and can result in a higher selling price.

Guide To 9 Tiling Tools
Buy these 9 products and you're 95% of the way toward a good, basic collection of tiling tools.

Let Colors Help Define Your Country Kitchen
Gorgeous country-style (try:

Wood-Themed Country Kitchen
Country-style kitchens don't all look like something from Martha Stewart. Check out these variations in our photo gallery.

White Cabinets and Small Island For Classy County Look
Another white country kitchen with a small island.

White Country Kitchen Easy With Melamine Cabinets
Pure, all-white and fresh country kitchen.

See This Kitchen's Primitive Dry Sink Stand
Here's one idea for your country kitchen: a primitive dry sink.

5 Signs It's Time To Admit Remodeling Defeat
Usually we discuss how to get started with home remodeling. But how do you know it's time to stop a project? Here are 5 signs.

Defunct Home Improvement Stores: How Many Do You Remember?
List of defunct and closed home improvement stores. How many do you remember?

List of Free Ceramic Tile Samples Online
Not many companies offer truly free tile samples--including free shipping and handling. But here are 3 that you can count on.

How To Pay Less For Online Ceramic Tile
Don't overpay for ceramic and porcelain tile online. Use these tips to find cheaper online tile delivered straight to your home.

Metallic Wall Finishes - Glass Bead Wall Covering
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Metallic Wall Finishes - Metal Wall Coverings
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Metallic Wall Finishes - Metal Leaf Wallpaper
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Metallic Wall Finishes - DIY Metal Wall Art
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Metallic Wall Finishes - Recycled Metal Tile
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Metallic Wall Finishes - Metallic Paint
Eco-friendly finishes don't have to be dull. Add to some sparkle to your home with these metallic wall finishes.

Bathroom Remodel Trends That Deserve To Live
Not every trend deserves to live. But I think these 3 bathroom trends have enough going for them that they should never go away.

Neutral Paint Colors - Cool Neutrals For a Bedroom
A comfortable mix of neutral colors for this bedroom.

Neutral Paint Colors - Warm and Earthy
Nice warm neutral colors for a living room.

Neutral Paint Colors - Living Room
A nice mixture of warm and cool neutral colors for this living room.

Neutral Paint Colors For Bedroom
Bedroom neutral paint colors. Home Renovations.

Neutral Paint Colors for a Living Room
Living room neutral paint colors.

Neutral Paint Colors For a Cottage Feel
Easy-going neutral colors for a living room.

Neutral Paint Colors - Warm Neutrals
A soft neutral paint color that feels like late-evening sunset.

Neutral Paint Colors
Get the top neutral paint colors for your house.

Vertical Slate Wall Fountain 46 Inches High
A larger sized wall fountain at 46 inches tall and made all of metal and stone.

Square Slate Wall Fountain Looks Like Framed Picture
A nice, low-cost square slate wall fountain.

Slate Water Wall Fountain Under $325
A basic slate-look wall water fountain that plugs into the wall.

Large Sized Modern Slate and Copper Indoor Wall Fountain
A massive, and hugely fascinating, wall fountain from Adagio measures just over 7.5 feet wide!

Irish Style Indoor Wall Fountain
Satisfy your inner Irishman/woman with this Ireland-themed wall fountain. Though primarily an outdoor fountain, it can also work indoors.

Indoor Wall Fountains - Basics and Photos
Take a trip down Oh-So-Nice Lane with plenty of pictures of indoor wall fountains that you can buy and which require little installation.

Should You Accept Home Depot Free Credit Monitoring?
Should you sign up for Home Depot's

Front Walkway Ideas - Place Path Along Side of House
Not all front walkways must come straight into the house. Another idea is to have them run along the side.

Front Walkway Ideas - Multiple Converging Paths
Mix it up! One idea for your front walkway is to have multiple paths converge.

Front Walkway Ideas - Double Circle Steps
A nice circular stepped front walkway idea.

Vintage Style Pavers for Front Walkway to House
These vintage pavers are just the right touch for this walkway to a cottage.

Front Walkway Ideas - Path and Driveway Merge
Pavers define a front walkway out of this driveway.

Front Tuscan Style Walkway Idea
A front walkway that evokes a feeling of old Tuscany.

Front Walkway Ideas - Narrow Path with Defined Borders
An easy-to-do walkway path employing standard-sized pavers.

Front Walkway Ideas - Large Medallion in Center of Path
This large medallion is a great idea for breaking up the long walkway.

7 Facts About Quartz Countertops
Think you know everything about quartz (engineered stone) countertops? Here are some facts that may amaze you.

Front Walkway Ideas - Ground Cover Between Pavers
One great front walkway idea is to alternate ground cover between courses of pavers.

Front Walkway Idea - Grass Bands Between Pavers
Another front walkway idea to break up

Solid Surface vs. Quartz Counters - Which Is Best?
Solid surface (Corian) vs. quartz (Caesarstone, etc.) engineered stone counters. Which one is better? We compare and contrast and let you decide.

Best Fiber-Cement Siding Brands For Your Home
Before siding your house, consult this list of the 5 best fiber-cement siding brands.

Adhesive Tile Mats Replace Thinset In Tiling Jobs
Adhesive tile mats aim to replace thinset in tiling applications. Do they work for projects like kitchen backsplashes?

Best Remodeling Tools - Flat Pry Bar
Find out why the generic pry bar (and the Gorilla bar) qualifies as one of the world's best tools.

Best Remodeling Tools - Voltage Tester
How does the ordinary voltage tester qualify as one of the best tools to have in your toolbox?

7 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Kitchen Remodel
Be sure to stay away from these common kitchen remodel pitfalls if you want yours to turn out right.

7 Causes Of Cracked Ceramic Tile Floor
Why did your ceramic or porcelain tile crack? This guide offers up possibilities, from the most remote to the most possible.

Manual and Electric Saws Needed To Cut Drywall
List of the electric and manual saws you'll need to cut holes in drywall sheets.

Screw Extractors - Basics and Buying Guide
Taking a close look at screw extractors and finding the cheapest ones.

Drywall T-Square Is Expensive But a Worthy DIY Investment
The drywall t-square is one of the most important tools for drywall. Drywall tools can be either specialized (taping knives, etc.) or non-specialized (drills, etc.). Learn which to choose, so that you can save money.

Travertine Tile Finishes and Edge Treatments
Different types of finishes and edges make all the difference on travertine tile. Learn about the six basic styles.

Travertine Tile - Basics of Gorgeous Natural Stone
Travertine tile's beautiful pitted, rough texture graces many kitchens and bathrooms. But is it too temperamental for your own home?

Mosaic Tile Ideas For Kitchen and Bathroom
Mosaic tile works in the bathroom, kitchen, walls, and more. We look at various ideas for implementing this flexible tile in your home.

Sneaky Remodeling Tricks Played by Home Sellers
Listing the top sneaky tricks that some home sellers play to cover up problems.

Basic Types of Bathtubs
Examining basic types of bathtubs: drop-in, freestanding, alcove, and corner.

Kitchen Pendant Light From Westinghouse
This kitchen pendant is as basic as it gets, with its long brass rod and green glass fixture.

World's Most Overrated Tools and Materials for Home Remodeling
Keeping a running list of materials and tools commonly thought to be indispensable for home remodeling--but which are vastly overrated.

Gorgeous Wenge Wood Pendant Lights
These contemporary, Asian-styled pendants work well in kitchen or dining room.

Where To Buy Mid Century Modern Doors
Looking for a door for your mid-century modern ranch house? Here is a list and photo gallery of doors and suppliers.

Natural Stone vs. Manufactured Veneer Stone
Natural stone vs. manufactured stone veneer for your home: is one better?

Black + Decker: The Book of Home How-To - Book Review
Can you put an entire Internet's worth of home improvement in your hands? Reviewing Black + Decker: The Book of Home How-To.

Electric Wall Heater: Ticket To Warmth or Energy Vampire?
It's tough to route heating to newly remodeled spaces. But electric wall heaters are great

Ace Hardware vs. Home Depot: This May Surprise You
Is Ace Hardware better than Home Depot? Oddly enough, it is--in a few strange ways.

Water Pipe Insurance Verges On a Scam
Water pipe insurance is heavily marketed and looks like a good deal at only a few bucks a month. I examine Home Emergency Insurance Solutions.

Why You Might Have a Cold Basement
Find out a few reasons why you might have a cold basement.

Can You Paint a House When It Rains?
Can you paint a house when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?

Wagner PaintREADY Sprayer Review
A moderate user experience with the Wagner PaintREADY Sprayer. Learn why here.

Glass Shower Door Shattered By Itself?
Did your glass shower door just shatter all by itself? Then you are not alone, because this syndrome is happening all over.

Downsides of Solid Surface Counter Materials
Sure, solid surface counters are great. But they have downsides, too. Here are all

Cadet Com-Pack Electric Wall Heater Review
Reviewing the Cadet Com-Pak 1000W electric wall heater. Can it heat your room?

Tips For Hiring a Bathroom Remodel Contractor
Here's a quick description of what a bathroom remodeling contractor can do for you.

Tiling a Shower: Get These 9 Things Right
A tiled shower is the holy grail of bathrooms - clean, neat, and custom-made. But can you do this yourself?

Things To Avoid To Save Money On Bath Remodeling
Guides are always telling you want to do when remodeling your bathroom. What about things not to do in order to save costs?

Remodel Your Small Bathroom Fast and Inexpensively
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.

Fixing a Refinished Bathtub
A reader wrote in saying that she refinished her bathtub, only to have it begin peeling again. How to fix a

Correct Gap Between Undermount Sink and Counter
Should there be such a wide gap between my undermount sink and granite counter?

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.

Best Kitchen Design Practices To Follow For Your Remodel
If you've got just a few minutes, here are six basic tenets of good kitchen design summarized. Enjoy!

Remodels That Increase Your Home's Property Value
5 sure-fire home remodels that will increase your home's property value upon sale.

How to Beat the High Cost of 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.

How to Get a Zero Interest Home Remodeling Loan
Here's how you can save lots of money by taking out a zero or low interest remodeling loan from your county's housing agency.

Kitchen vs. Bathroom Remodel
Kitchen vs. bathroom remodel: which one to do first? Or ever? This chart answers questions about cost, plumbing, electrical, and other factors.

Corian vs. Silestone Comparison Chart
Corian vs. Silestone: find out the main differences between these two highly popular countertop materials.

Modular Granite Countertops
Modular granite countertops - budget-saver or just another ploy to separate you from your money?

Cheap Granite Counters Are Tiles or Modular
If you want cheap granite countertops, you have two options: tile or modular. Learn why these are vastly cheaper stones than slab.

How to Choose Granite Counters for Kitchen or Bathroom
Granite is a wonderful countertop material for kitchen or bath, but you need to know a few rules before choosing it.

Kitchen Cabinets: How to Choose, What to Consider
When renovating your house, learn about your kitchen cabinet options before heading for the home improvement store or custom cabinetmaker.

Bathroom and Kitchen Tilework Design Tips
Just by following these simple rules of tiling will give your kitchen or bathroom superb tilework.

Types of Materials Tile Is Made From
Understand the 3 basic types of materials that tile is made from.

Kitchen Ceiling Lighting For General and Work Areas
What kinds of kitchen ceiling lighting do you need? Lean the difference between general and work lighting.

Kitchen Pendant Lights Are Trendy But Awesome Too
Find out if kitchen pendant lights are right for your house and how they can be installed.

Sealing and Removing Stains From Granite Countertops
Is it necessary to seal my granite countertops? If they get stained, how can I remove the stains? Some definitive industry-insider answers here.

Is Latex Paint Over Oil-Based Paint Possible?
Can I use latex paint over the oil-based paint on cabinets if I use a primer?

Adapt Replacement Windows for Concrete Walls
A reader asks how to configure replacement windows for deeply-inset concrete block walls.

Does Window Replacement Create Dust?
Is a lot of dust created by window replacement jobs?

Cleaning Bathtub of Tile Grout, Mortar, or Drywall Mud
Find out how to clean your bathtub of tile grout, tile mortar, and drywall compound.

What Is Greenboard Drywall?
Greenboard is the same as regular drywall except it is green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)

How to Fix Basement Moisture Problems
The key to remodeling your basement is attacking and eradicating moisture; nothing can happen before that.

Rules of Building Room Additions (Home Renovations)
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.

7 Basement Remodeling Issues To Consider
Need more living space? The basement offers many possibilites. Learn the basics of remodeling your basement, and carve out more room for a family room or media center.

Tool For Installing Outlet in Drywall - Blindmark
See our product review to find out if Blindmark can help you locate electric receptacles in drywall.

5 Easy Steps For Repairing Drywall Nail Pops
A set of simple instruction on how to fix those annoying nails

Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor
Ready to put down the brush and let a painting contractor take over?

Steel vs. Wood Studs for Interior Walls
Is it easier and cheaper to build an interior wall from steel rather than wood studs? Sure, they're cheaper but not always easier.

Effective Ways to Reduce Drywall Dust
Suggestions for ways to reduce drywall dust: barrier, wet sanding, and drywall sanding vacuum.

Romex and Other NM Wire - Description, Comparison
Romex® is a brand of non-metallic (NM) building wire made by Southwire. Is it any better than the generic NM wires?

Can You Define an Electrical Sub-Panel?
Definition of an electrical sub-panel and explanation of its uses.

6 Carpet Installation Tips
Carpet installation is deceivingly simple (it's pretty tough). But these tips will help you DIY-install.

Rating Floor Choices for Wet and Moist Rooms
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?

Carpet in Bathroom: How to Make It Work, if You Must
If you absolutely, positively must have carpet in your bathroom, here is how you can make it work.

Should You Choose Pre-Finished Flooring? Some Advice.
What is pre-finished flooring? Why would I want pre-finished flooring rather than sanding and sealing the floor?

What Is a Carpet Tack Strip
How do carpet tack strips help you lay carpeting? Find out here.

Roofing Materials Basics
Asphalt, asphalt composition, shake, rubber, metal, ceramic tile - what type of roofing material is best, cheapest, and lasts longest?

Stamped Concrete Overview and Installation
Stamped concrete allows for you to pave a walk or driveway and make it look like brick or stone, but with all of the practicality of concrete.

Can You Jack Up Your Own House?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.

Why Your Outlets Are Upside Down - And the Easy Fix
Why your outlets are installed upside-down, if it matters, and the easy fix for it.

Learn About Ice Dam Protection Before The Hard-Sell
Do you need to get ice dam protection when the roofing company offers it to you? I hate the

Roof Pitch Determines Choice of Roofing Materials
Roof pitch is the all-important number that tells you which type of roofing material you can use. Find out how this works, and how to calculate it.

Can You Install Steel Roofing On Composite Shingles?
Can you lay steel roofing over existing asphalt composite shingles? Metal or steel roof can be installed over composite with the addition of a framework.

Make Your Own Wood Filler
Making your own wood filler is not so much a money saver but a way to (nearly) perfectly match your existing wood. Find out how.

Remodel Ranch Style Houses From 1950s and 1960s
Notice how historically accurate home renovation has always been focused on Craftsman-style homes? What about 1950s and 1960s-era houses?

How to Safely Work with Lead-Based Paint
That surface with the lead-based paint can be dangerous. Find out safe ways to deal with it.

What Is the Resale Value of Your Home Renovations?
A list to help you assess the resale value of certain home renovations.

Wonderboard Review - Why Not Very Wonderful?
Wonderboard is the brand name for a cement backer board for wet applications, mostly under tile. But why isn't it all that wonderful?

Is a Paint Sprayer Right for Your Job?
Stop! Before you run out and buy a paint sprayer, consider the costs and benefits of using one for your interior and exterior paint projects.

4 Good Things About Casement Windows
Casement windows may not be the most popular window, but I can stress a few reasons (4, to be exact) you you may want them.