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How to Install a Bidet

Installing a bidet requires rough-in plumbing lines for hot and cold water and a drain, just like a vanity sink. Placement of a bidet is traditionally next to a toilet, so determine the location when designing [more…]

How to Install Cement Backerboard around a Tub

The ideal underlayment for ceramic tile is cement backerboard, which comes in 1/4- and 1/2-inch-thick panels measuring 3 x 5 feet and 4 x 8 feet. The dense, gray material is very heavy, so use the smaller [more…]

How to Install a Glass Block Shower Surround

If you liked working with building blocks or LEGO blocks as a kid, you'll enjoy building a glass block shower because all the pieces fit together to create a dramatic new shower room. To install a glass [more…]

Using Stencils for a Fast Bathroom Makeover

To transform ordinary painted walls in a bathroom, add a light touch with a decorative stencil design. In no time at all and with very little money, you can change the room’s personality. Pick up a precut [more…]

How to Add Beadboard Wainscoting to Your Bathroom

Beadboard is an old material given new life in today's homes. People are installing it everywhere, but it’s especially popular teamed with a chair rail and used as wainscoting. Wainscoting is installed [more…]

How to Remove Old Tile Flooring

Removing tile isn’t an easy project. It’s very labor intensive, but it’s also expensive to pay someone else to do. So it pays to rip up old tile yourself. Be sure to protect yourself during the battle [more…]

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Get ready to see a major improvement in the floor when you install a laminate floor in the bathroom. A laminate floor can be installed over almost any subfloor. It’s durable and resists stains and surface [more…]

How to Install an Auto-Sensing Bathroom Vent Fan

Today’s new vent fans include a sensor so that when someone enters the room, it turns on the light and monitors the humidity. It automatically turns on the vent fan if the humidity level rises and turns [more…]

How to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Larger

You don't have to add space to your bathroom to make it feel larger. Contrasting colors cut up space, so to make a space appear larger, use one color with variations of it to create an open and balanced [more…]

Ten Great Kitchen Design Ideas

Your kitchen may be the most popular room in your home, so you want it to work right. And if your kitchen is designed properly, it will become an area where family and guests will naturally gravitate. [more…]

How to Care for Glass Shower Doors

Glass shower doors look modern and stylish and keep water off your floors, but some people hate them because they are hard to clean and slide off their tracks too easily. You can use the hints here to [more…]

How to Add a Tempered Glass Inset to a Laminate Countertop

If you have a damaged area on your kitchen countertop, you can replace it with a tempered or heat-resistant glass inset. Then you can put a hot pan or baking dish directly onto it without worrying about [more…]

How to Size and Finish a Countertop

Stock countertops are sold in 2-foot increments, so when you're installing a countertop, you'll probably have to cut off some excess. Because most situations call for cutting, post-formed countertops are [more…]

Installing a Mitered Corner on a Countertop

If your countertop turns a corner, it probably has two pieces, each with a 45-degree angle, or miter cut. These cuts meet to form the 90-degree corner. Chances are good that you have to do some scribing [more…]

How to Attach a Faucet to a Sink

The easiest and best way to install a faucet is before the sink is in place. If you install the faucet before installing the sink, you won’t have to strain or reach because everything is completely open [more…]

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

If you’re installing a stainless steel sink, you can probably handle the lifting and positioning yourself. However, if your new sink is cast iron or cast enamel, get a helper. These awkward sinks weigh [more…]

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

After you assemble your drain, you can move on to the actual installation of your new pedestal sink. Before a pedestal sink takes its place, you need to repair and reinforce the wall behind it to hold [more…]

How to Fix Cabinet Doors That Won’t Close

When cabinet doors won’t close, determine whether the door itself is getting stuck or the hinge is keeping it from moving freely. But the door itself may be at fault. Wooden doors can absorb moisture and [more…]

How to Repair Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are pretty durable, but they can get nicked and scratched. They can even bubble. But you can fix these minor imperfections and even remove stains. If you have a countertop with a lot [more…]

How to Add a Cutting Board to a Laminate Countertop

Adding a cutting board to a countertop is a good strategy when you have a damaged area. You don’t always need to replace a whole countertop when just one part of it looks awful. Odds are that the damage [more…]

Ten Hot Trends in Kitchen Design

Remodeling your kitchen is a big task, so you want to make sure you get it right. Whether you're a gourmet chef or a harried single parent, there’s a design idea here for you. Before you start tearing [more…]

Ten Easy Kitchen Upgrades

If you don’t have the money for a complete kitchen remodel, don’t despair. There are still some things you can do to upgrade the look of your kitchen. No matter how small your budget is, there’s bound [more…]

Upgrading Kitchen Ventilation during a Remodel

When you are planning your kitchen remodel, be sure you don’t overlook ventilation. If you don’t have a ventilation system, or if your system needs a lot of work, you have hours of work and much construction [more…]

Upgrading Your Kitchen Electrical during a Remodel

One of the most common complaints from homeowners about their old kitchens is the lack of electrical outlets. If your existing electrical service is only 60 amps, plan to upgrade during your kitchen remodel [more…]

Decorating Your Bathroom Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

Your bathroom’s ceilings, floors, walls, and windows join forces to create the perfect background for your cabinets, faucets, fixtures, and accessories. But because of what goes on in the bathroom, there [more…]

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