Shower installations are tough, no getting around it. Most home remodeling projects require care, but this is one case where even a small error can lead to disaster. Behind-the-wall or under-the-floor leaks can cause increased insect invasions and large repair bills. So, before you decide to undertake it, prepare to commit yourself to nothing less than a first rate job.
Even when a homeowner doesn’t have the advantage of watching the progress of construction from the beginning, it’s still possible to judge the final result. Professional inspectors do it all the time, and they have extensive lists of what needs to be checked.
With only a few dozen deck screws, lag screws, galvanized nails, bolts, joists, posts, braces, flashing, concrete bags, gravel, stain, thinner, drill, level, plumb bob, hammer, measuring tape… you too can build a deck. Sounds complicated already, eh? No one can teach you to build a deck in one page. But here are some tips about how to build a deck that’s stronger, lasts longer and gives you the result you want.
Apart from possibly the bathroom, kitchens get more traffic from more individuals in most homes than any other room. And, unlike bathrooms, they’re one of the most visible. Make your kitchen functional and beautiful on a budget with these simple ideas.
Few spaces in the home are as personal, and as practical, as the bathroom. Bathrooms are a place to refresh, re-group and prepare for the coming day. They’re also a place to wind down from a day just past and prepare for bed.
Remodeling your basement presents several challenges, which can all be turned into advantages. Here’s how…
By Randy Rater
In most cases, home improvement projects are rather costly. A lot of people tap their savings to be able to get some home improvements done. This can be very harmful to ones pockets, leaving you short of a comfortable reserve in the event of an unforeseen expense. In some cases, people resort to getting home improvement loans which can sometimes drag your budget off track and getting you more buried in debt than ever.
By Steve Gee
Adding a shower to a small bathroom without remodeling
A shower is a great asset to any bathroom and if you don’t already have one then you should think seriously about putting one in. But what do you do if your bathroom is too small for a separate shower cubicle and you don’t want to go to the trouble and expense of a full bathroom remodel?
By Niall Roche
The bathroom should be that warm and inviting room in your home where you can go to relax. To get away from it all. The place you go to take a bubble bath or long soothing shower to just rinse away the days problems or to wake you up in the morning before you leave for work. That being said your bathroom is going to need a facelift from time to time – to keep it feeling current and “fresh”.
Whether kitchen or bathroom, fixing a sink can be straightforward or it can be a nightmare. Much depends on the condition of the valves and hoses leading to them.
Laying carpet is often one of those projects where paying a professional is worth the cost. But if you have a simple installation, or really want to save the money, here are some guidelines to follow for a professional looking job.
By Daniel Vazquez
To have a house that one actually design and built according to one’s taste is practically everybody’s dream. Instead of just buying or renting a house that was already made, you would of course want something that you yourself have planned to suit your preferences. However, designing a home could be quite a difficult ordeal. It is quite expensive to hire an architect to draft your plans, and it is also very hard to put what is on your mind on paper. Luckily such a predicament may be a thing of the past with the help of home design software.
Replacing doors falls into two categories: (1) replacing just the door, (2) replacing the door plus the frame. The first is easy, but the second is within the skill set of the average do-it-yourselfer as well. Here, we’ll cover the first case only.
By Colm Dillon
These are real builder questions that I got from readers of my e-book, “Residential Development Made Easy” with answers from a major USA Master Builder operating in 48 States.