General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

Real Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles: Which Is Better For Me?

Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles

The use of real ceramic tile vs. peel-and –stick floor tile: Which is better for me? This is a question of budget and a homeowner’s willingness to invest in their home. Real ceramic tile requires a mixture placed underneath the tile to hold it to the floor. A good pair of kneepads is necessary to keep the tile pressured. Some tiles need a sizing cut to install; this requires a special tool and takes a great deal of patience. A professional custom homes dealer might prefer to install this brand of tile, in order to get the best look for the home.

4 Air Conditioners Compared

Bryant air conditioners

If you live in an area that gets fairly warm in the summer, you likely want the comfort of an air conditioner to keep your home from getting too hot. There are many brands of air conditioners, and each of them manufacture dozens of units, which means that finding the right unit for your home can be a challenge.

Here is a product guide to help you compare five of the most popular brands of air conditioners. You can get an idea of what each one offers and whether or not they are the economical choice for your home.

Hardwood Floors Refinishing Guide

Hardwood floor being refinished

If you're currently considering having hardwood floors installed in your home, most definitely you're being met by many naysayers. "Hardwood floors are too expensive!" Or "Hardwood floors are such a pain in the butt to keep up!"

It's true; refinishing hardwood floors is not a job for everyone. It can be labor intensive and can be unforgiving - small mistakes will show until the next time you sand it all down. However, hiring a professional to come in and do the job can cost almost twice as much as doing the job yourself.

Tips to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

Prep Your Home for the Holidays

You know that panicky feeling you get when you realize company is coming over, and you need to vacuum? Dust? Hide all the clutter? Well, then you probably know it’s panic to the nth degree when that company is your own mother or (gulp) your mother-in-law.

Hanging A New Door And Recycling An Old One

How to Hang a New Door

Changing the doors in your home can really make a great difference to your interior décor – it is a small change but one that will totally transform your home. It may sound like a scary prospect, hanging a new door without professional help, but it is actually a lot easier than it sounds.

Can Remodeling Harm Your Relationship?

Remodeling and relationships

Yesterday I told you how the remodeling business is experiencing an upswing, but today I'm reporting on a survey conducted by Houzz which says that 12% of couples consider separation or divorce when remodeling their home.

This figure seemed a little high to me, so I reached out to their press department and asked if they could tell me how the survey was conducted, and Allison Brady kindly responded,

Is it Very Easy to Install Wood Flooring Yourself?

installing wood floring

Well, there are several ways to answer the question but not an exact one.

How To Do HVLP Painting At Home

HVLP Painting

Before you begin a project using HVLP painting, you need to know the steps to follow and any precautions you should take. The process is pretty straightforward but should involve caution anytime you use tools and chemicals.

How To Remove Mould Stains From Wood Floors

Mould on a wood floor

Wooden floors are a beautiful, sophisticated and elegant design idea for any home. Keeping wooden floors clean and in top condition however can seem like a lot of work sometimes especially if your wooden floor has noticeable mould spots and stains within it.

Mould grows when water has been standing on the surface of the wooden floor and the finish has stained, which allows mould to develop. Mould stains are not the end of the world though as they be removed with a bit of elbow grease. Just follow the steps below to get rid of unsightly fungus.

How to Manage My Remodels

How To Manage Remodeling

The fun part about home improvement projects is dreaming of what the finished project will look like. For some, even the process of doing the actual work stimulates the senses. But what most people don’t focus on is managing the whole financial process. The following is a series of steps to help “project manage” the process.