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How Does Kitchen Design Software Work?

Design Your Kitchen Around Your LifestyleKitchen design is one of the most exciting types of designs you can endeavor to undertake.Your kitchen, whether new or remodeled, is the heart of your home. It is the hub of your most prized activities, your meeting place, your eating place. In...

How to Change Porcelain Tile Color

Porcelain tile, like ceramic tile, is colored in the manufacturing process, and can be changed to a different color with the proper preparation and materials. The challenge is getting the paint to stick, as porcelain tiles are usually glazed, and paint does not stick to that glaze. Dulling the glaze

How to Refinish Cabinets From the Seventies

Cabinets from the seventies are predominantly particle board veneer or laminate. If you are looking to refinish one of these two types of cabinetry, your best option is paint. You can give cabinets a fresh new look in a long weekend.

How to Repair Leaks on the Roof of a House

Water stains or mold on the ceiling indicate that water is damaging it. You can also sometimes smell a damp odor. If the ceiling sags, the water damage could be serious. Even small leaks can eventually lead to bigger problems, so you should repair the leaks as soon as possible. If the problem is too

Cheap Ideas for Remodeling a Bedroom

Updating a bedroom does not have to cost a fortune.Modern master bedroom image by MAXFX from Fotolia.comIf you have bought an older home or have lived in yours for some years, it may be time for an update. Bedrooms are usually last on the list for improvement, and by the time you get...

Types of Ogee Seamless Rain Gutters

The term "ogee" refers to a style of gutter, sometimes called "k-style," and is considered by architects and contractors to be the industry standard. The profile of an ogee seamless rain gutter consists of a flat bottom, a flat back and a decorative front that tapers out to be larger on the top. The

How to Deal with Dampness and Mold in a Home

Mold can be found in dark, moist areas with limited light. Molds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments. These fungi can grow and reproduce rapidly through small spores, which may remain airborne continually. They can survive through extreme temperatures. Some molds can start gro

How to Estimate the Amount of Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors offer the look of a hardwood floor at about one-half the price and is more scratch resistant. When purchasing laminate flooring, it is important to accurately estimate how much you will need. You do not want too much extra as you may not be able to return it, and you will just waste

How to Install Uniclic Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring was once something that had to be either nailed or glued down, which was a major project. Today, you can buy hardwood ``floating'' floor kits, which feature specially designed boards that lock to one another but aren't connected to the house structure in any way. Uniclic is the bra

About Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring has become a popular manmade flooring alternative for those seeking the look of expensive hardwood floors, stone and marble without having to pay the high cost. This article talks about laminate flooring and explores the features, benefits and drawbacks of this flooring choice, alo

How to Remove & Replace Tile in a Shower

If your old tile shower wall is falling apart, moldy or simply in need of a update, removing and replacing the tile can be a lengthy and daunting process. A new shower wall involves removing all the old existing tile as well as removing the backer-board behind, which the tiles are fixed to. Once you

Different Indoor Step Railings

Indoor railing can function as a piece of safety equipment and artwork.winding stairs image by Yali Shi from Fotolia.comIndoor step railing serves two purposes: safety and décor. You want a railing inside your home to help you walk up and down the stairs without falling, but you...

Does Plastic Window Insulation Work?

Many hardware stores sell plastic window insulation kits that you can apply yourself. Applying the plastic film from the kit to your window is a cheap way to cut down on heat loss and to help improve efficiency. Other types of insulation like double-paned windows offer more efficiency, but at a high

How to Cut Out Existing Ceramic Floor Tile

Ceramic floor tile is usually mortared to a wood or cement board underlayment, then grouted with another form of mortar to fill the spaces between the tiles. These tiles are installed to stay put. If you have to cut out one or a number of floor tiles because they're damaged, the trick is getting the

How to Build Homes for the Elderly

In the not-too-distant past, builders, architects and home developers were so focused on maximizing interior and exterior home space to accommodate growing families that their design efforts rarely included the tidy bungalow of 1200 square feet (or less) situated on small, manageable plots of land.

How to Replace a Wooden Window Sill

Replacing a window sill is a fairly simple repair. You will need to have a piece of lumber the same width and thickness as the sill. Removing the sill to take for comparison when shopping can save time and confusion. Examine the other parts of the window while you have the sill removed. Patch or rep

Biscuit Joiner Tips

Biscuit joinery is a relatively new technique for connecting joints in cabinets and other woodworking projects. A biscuit is a small disc of pressed wood about the size of a coin but shaped like a football. A special saw called a biscuit joiner cuts corresponding slots into the two surfaces where th

Instructions for Installing EPDM Roofing

EPDM rubber roof sheets are popular among homeowners because the ease of application makes it possible for homeowners to do their own roofing projects. The roll-out sheets are easy to install when applied directly to a clean roof deck. A small roof can be covered with only one sheet, making it a sea

How to Connect a Home Theater to a Flat-screen LCD Television

A flat-screen LCD television allows you to view high-definition video from many devices, including a digital cable box, DVD or Blueray player or gaming console. However, unless you have great sound, you are only enjoying half the experience intended by the content's producer.