What are your best tricks to make a space feel put together and cozy? [more inside]
I desperately need an office makeover. DIY tips, recommendations (photos inside) and links to your favorite design blogs would be much appreciated! [more inside]
So what's the deal with cork floors? [more inside]
Basement remodel / cardio equipment question: old unfinished basement had concrete floors. Down there we have all the usual basement 'stuff', plus a cardio setup with a treadmill. Until now, the treadmill was on rubber mats - but we've installed a new porcelain tile floor... [more inside]
What sort of kitchen sink should I get? [more inside]
What's the best time and way to have this awkward conversation with my bathroom remodeler -- if at all? [more inside]
What are the implications of remodeling away bedrooms? [more inside]
Kitchen designer in the Seattle area? [more inside]
What do you wish you'd known before embarking on your bathroom remodel? What should I know before I do? [more inside]
I am doing a kitchen remodel and need to pick out cabinet hardware. I have looked at pulls from Ikea that cost $10/pair and look identical to ones from higher-end manufacturers that sell for $20-$40 each. That is a huge difference in price. I am wondering, could anyone tell me if it is worth the difference? What is the reason for the huge price difference? Do the ones from Ikea look terrble after a few years? I am spending a lot of money on this kitchen remodel and don't want to skimp on this if it makes a difference -- but I also don't want to throw away hundreds of dollars on hardware if the pulls from Ikea will be just as good.
Looking for a contractor in Madison, WI to get an estimate on a kitchen remodel. [more inside]
How much would it cost to convert a garage into an efficiency and how much could I do with a small garage? [more inside]
How do I make an outlet in my baseboards? I'm re-wiring the bedroom due to an untraceable short circuit (yay...came home from vacation to no power in the bedroom) and have decided that installing outlets in the baseboards is the best way to go. But, um, the outside wall is brick... [more inside]
I want to have 2 bedroom hardwood floors refinished. My wife is about 14 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for her to be in the house with the polyurethane fumes from the floor finish? [more inside]
I'm thinking about selling (or renting) my condo. My kitchen and bathrooms are out of date with formica counter tops, old looking appliances and ugly flooring. I know that other condos in my complex that are on the market have been updated with more contemporary looks, but they also look like they've been on the market for a while. What would cause the place to sell faster? Spending the money to update it or reducing the asking price by whatever amount I'd put into a remodel?
I want to buy a bathroom vanity on line ASAP- good quality but a good value. Anyone have a place they have had luck with and can recommend??
I'm in the midst of a bathroom remodel and about to insulate and close up the walls. I'm a little confused on the best way to insulate the exterior walls of my 80-year old house. A diagram of the existing wall can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctracey/3538183459/ I've checked a lot of online resources and books, but few of them deal with a wall construction such as this. [more inside]
Please recommend resources for learning about home remodeling, particularly basement finishing. [more inside]
Looking for architects and other resources for home renovation project in San Francisco. Modern, green, yada yada. [more inside]
I'm finishing my house and want to install 3/4" bead board ceiling and in all the places that I look for install help and instruction(this old house, hgtv.com, oldhouseweb.com, etc) people are quoting $1-1.50/sq. foot. Does anyone know where in MN I can find quality 3/4" bead board ceiling for that price, everything i'm finding is $3-4 from specialty mills, and the stuff priced around $1/sq at the big box stores(Home Depot, Lowes and Menards) is for the thinner wall stuff, and is usually VERY poor quality with lots of knots. I just watched this video at HGTV and they put up some pretty nice looking stuff and quoted $1.50/sq I don't believe it one bit...
Bathroom DIY Filter: Do we need to use cement board (backer board) for the walls around the bathtub/shower that we're going to retile? [more inside]
Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside? [more inside]
Installing a thermostat other than surface mount [more inside]
I'm finished with California and have decided to move to Denver. [more inside]
I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
Any similar sinks out there to the Ikea HÖLLVIKEN bathroom sink? I like the size and shape of this basin, but want to get some other options. Also, if anyone knows anything about the quality of this sink, those comments would also be appreciated.
Need opinions on insulating a basement... [more inside]
I need to convert a double 30 amp breaker that feeds a 240V dryer outlet into a subpanel for several 120 lines... [more inside]
I am considering knocking down the wall between my kitchen and my dining room. Multiple questions inside. [more inside]
I've put an offer on a 1924 house that has a refinished basement. The remodel was done by the homeowners, with no permits. My inspector found some mold on some wood and drywall. What now? [more inside]
HomeImprovementFilter: Looking for the most pet and human friendly way to strip paint off of various surfaces in our home, one of which is a pine banister that's over 100 years old. [more inside]
Where can we buy round glass doorknobs? [more inside]
We're in the middle of having a new kitchen installed. As part of the remodel we knocked down a couple of walls. The house has hardwood floors throughout yet the contractor did not put anything down to protect the floor(!!) when they did the demolition. No surprise then that there are scratches and a couple of gouges on the floor. We're not happy. How to approach this? What rights do we have? [more inside]
Real Estate Filter! I'm thinking of doing a little addition to my house which would add bigger closets, create a bigger master bedroom and add another bathroom. I'm considering one feature which I can't decide whether it would be too weird or not... [more inside]
Bathroom remodel question: does one really need a bathtub? [more inside]
What's the cost and effort involved in fixing floors attacked by termites and fungus in the bay area? [more inside]
RemodelingKitchenFilter: What do you wish you had done to your kitchen when you had the chance? [more inside]
I need to install some fireblocks (aka fire stops AND fire block[ing]) in my basement. What can I use to make these? Can I use regular sheetrock to make these or do they have to be some special type of sheetrock? If I can't use sheetrock, what type and thickness of wood do they need to be?
Good blogs about house remodeling? [more inside]
Can you recommend an architect in the Seattle area? I'm hoping to have a second story put on my ranch house, and need professional advice. (I'll also happily take recommendations for contractors.)
What kind of things do you need to ask a home remodeling contractor, like about liability insurance, bonding and all that? How do you approach this with them? Do you take their word for it or demand proof? [more inside]
I'm looking for remodeling picture sets (like this) for renovation inspiration. They don't have to be on Flickr, but a sequential, step-by-step series would be nice. Is there a site that specializes in these types of DIY remodel picture sets?
Modern/contemporary bathroom refurb ideas? [more inside]
We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much? [more inside]
Drywall dust has seemingly ruined my new couch -- and health. [more inside]
I've run out of money on our house remodel and still need to do a downstairs bathroom. Any suggestions for finding some affordable, modern-looking bathroom sink/vanity combos online -- like this unit from Ikea? [more inside]
How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
Kitchen cabinet camouflage - bring me your ideas! [more inside]
Remodel Filter: Looking for scrap granite / mica countertops for some home remodel projects - or how to go about begging for them. [more inside]