Concrete Kitchen Countertops

I once spoke to a homeowner in the middle of a major kitchen renovation and he happened to mention the price of his new solid-surface countertop. Until that moment I’d never seriously considered the possibility that someone might spend as much on a food preparation surface as I did on my four-wheel drive pick-up truck.

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Site-Built Kitchen Cabinets

You don’t get something for nothing, and that’s especially true when it comes to home building. While houses go up faster and better than ever, there’s a price to pay for this gain and it’s not entirely financial. If you’re not careful, your new home or renovation can get pretty boring unless you add something

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Basement Finishing Basics

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of Britian’s most famous authors, and he’ll always be remembered for the fictional world he created in a series of fantasy books beginning with one called The Hobbit. Early in this story we’re introduced to the main character, a small human-like creature named Bilbo Baggins. As Tolkien explains, Bilbo lives in

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ABS Drain Pipe Installation is Simple

For the first two years that my wife and I were married, we lived in the finished basement of the two-bedroom, post-war bungalow where my grandfather lived since he bought it new in 1953. Being a basement apartment, we weren’t far from realities you’ll find downstairs in any home: furnace, fuse box, wash tubs and

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Restoring a Wooden Floor

Wood floors are great, except for one thing. The inevitable dents and wear that set in with ordinary use looks pretty bad. This is especially true with floors that are stained dark, allowing light wood to show through in areas of damage. And if the ugly appearance wasn’t enough, repairing these trouble spots isn’t an

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Maintenance is Key to Keeping New Homes New

If you’ve just pocketed a set of keys for a new house, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook as far as home maintenance goes. You’ve got work to do, but don’t fret. It’s fun work, like waxing a new car. And meeting your responsibilities diligently will keep you from having to deal with the kind of

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Eliminating Basement Mustiness

Basements everywhere have a well-deserved reputation for being damp and musty. Some are worse than others, but things are especially bad after the long, wet, humid summer we’ve had this year. What’s worse is that few people understand how to eliminate the problem of exceptionally humid basements because effective solutions are not obvious. In fact,

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans that Really Work

When my parents renovated the basement of my boyhood home, they added a bathroom, and of course it included an exhaust fan. Even though it was noisy – like most bathroom fans back then – we used it diligently, during and after showers, as you’re supposed to. Did it serve the purpose? Not really. In

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4 Tricks to Keeping a Tidy Home

Our bodies aren’t the only thing that can get flabby. Households get overweight, too. It’s called clutter, and the holiday season is just as likely to put unnecessary stuff into your home as it is girth under your belt. That’s because both problems spring from the same root. Inflow is always easier and more inviting

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