Architecture : Home & Garden
Installing a granite counter is a simple way to add beauty and value to your home. Although it is usually cut with power tools because of its high concentration of quartz, it is possible to use only hand tools. Granite is a relatively hard stone, requiring the builder to make a chiseled line as a gu
Tile installations for areas such as kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, or accent walls usually require the tile to be cut around switches. Cutting tile for placement around switches can sometimes be tedious work, but with careful planning and the right tools, it can be a snap. Laying the tile ou
Ceramic tile on the floor is a great addition to most rooms. You can do it yourself by following a few standard steps--putting down cement board underlayment, laying the tiles out from the middle of the floor, setting them in thinset mortar and grouting them--but before any of that, you need to make
According to the Consumers Union (a non-profit publisher of consumer reports), about 8.8 million American families are currently living in manufactured or mobile homes. Manufactured homes are often moveable and sometimes referred to as "trailers" where the land is rented from trailer parks. While th
Incentives are available to homeowners installing energy-efficient appliances.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesIn order to encourage home owners to become more energy efficient, The United States Department of Energy, in partnership with with the federal government, has come up with...
The movement caused by the natural settling in houses often causes cracks in various places in the plaster walls. This is a relatively common problem, especially in older homes, and while it's unsightly and annoying, it is one that you can fix even if you have only minimal drywall skills. With joint
Authentic Saltillo tile creates a look and feel that is very much old Mexico. The clay used to produce them only exists in one place: Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Authentic Saltillo tile provides a rustic look that is incomparable to man-made products. The edges are rough; some pieces have the impri
Natural wooden floors may develop small cracks or gaps over time due to changes in temperature or humidity according to William P. Spence, author of the book, "Installing and Finishing Flooring." While this phenomenon is natural, when these cracks become very noticeable, they detract from the beauty
Concrete slabs have both pros and cons in your home.steps 3 image by Joe Houghton from Fotolia.comConcrete is often used to fill the base of a house, create the basement and to make a solid foundation. However if you don't pour concrete then, concrete slabs are another alternative for...
One of the biggest challenges to installing a new tongue-and-groove wood floor is getting it laid out and fit correctly. The planks are a uniform size, but most rooms in older homes aren't perfectly square, so it takes some foresight to make sure the straight lines of your floor aren't highlighting
Open to the elements, old asphalt roofing shingles can become cracked, curled or broken. If left untreated, this can lead to minor leaks and major expense down the road. Common tools and basic knowledge can save the homeowner hundreds of dollars or more in professional repairs while also extending t
Hardwood floor inlays offer a decorative element to the existing wood flooring. Many hardwood inlays get placed in the floor as the hardwood is being installed. For those homeowners who decide they wish to install wood inlays after the installation of the hardwood floor, home improvement stores offe
A greenhouse is a simple way to give plants an early start and to extend the growing season past the first and last annual frost dates of an area. If you've ever gotten into a parked car and noticed that the interior was warmer than the air outside, you are already familiar with the way in which a
Plaster of Paris can be used for more than just making masks and hand prints. You can patch holes in sheetrock in your ceiling or wall with plaster of Paris. The plaster takes about 30 minutes to dry and holds up well to wear and tear. You can adjust the amount of plaster of Paris to make, using the
Cellulose insulation is environmentally friendly. It is made out of recycled newspaper clippings. This type of insulation is loose and comes in bags that are put into a blower and blown through a hose. It installs into attics between the joists in the floor and most often between the studs in the wa
Roof leaks left unrepaired, no matter how minor, lead to expensive fixes and replacement. When dealing with smaller leaks, they can be kept under control using products such as a spray sealant. "Close to 90 percent of all roof leaks happen at flashings. Flashings are transitional roofing materials.
Wall paneling is a quick and easy way to update a room with a slightly different look. Vinyl-covered pressed board, wood like panels or real wood are among the choices of paneling you can install. These thin panels are light and easy to handle, requiring only a few nails and glue to install. The pro
Engineered hardwood floors are similar to regular hardwood in that they are planks that clip together on the sides via tongue-and-groove connectors to form the floor. The difference is that engineered planks are constructed of a plywood or particleboard body topped with a veneer layer of hardwood, i
Linoleum might appear to look like vinyl flooring, but it is made with natural components such as resin and wood particles. If you place something hot such as a cigarette, hot pot or mug directly onto the linoleum it can cause burn marks. If the linoleum actually melts or shows physical signs of dam