Home Improvement

Explore tips & tricks to improve and transform the specific aspects of your home for the better – from home exteriors, furniture, walls, and ceilings to garage, flooring, and outdoors.

Home Improvement

What Color Walls Go with a Brown Carpet
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If you’re looking for the perfect wall color that goes with a brown carpet, this post will ensure you find the best option. So let’s get started now!

What Color Desk Should You Get for Your Home Office
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In this post, we will give you the best desk color ideas that you’re likely to use at your home office. Keep reading until the end to learn more about why color psychology is important when choosing a desk color. Let’s get started!

What is the Best Carpet Color to Hide Dirt
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Choosing a new carpet for your home means deciding on its material, thickness as well as color. While the durability of the carpet material is important for most people, it should be a color that doesn’t show stains and dirt easily.

Appliances

Parts of a Water Heater
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The water heater is responsible for heating, storing, and supplying hot water to different parts of the home on demand, such as a showerhead, a kitchen faucet, or a bathtub. Here we look into the various parts of a water heater in more detail and how they work.

Parts of a vacuum
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If you want to figure out what is going on with your vacuum, then first you need to get to grips with the different parts of a vacuum, what they look like, what they are called, and how they work. Here we address all of these points.

Standard Gas Line Size for Stove
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Understanding the size of gas line you need for your stove is probably going to be the trickiest part of the job since there is no standard size for gas lines, and instead, you need to select a size of gas line that is compatible with the energy required by your stove. Here we look at how to calculate the size of gas line you need to ensure your new stove works as it should and is safe to use.

Basements

Types of Basements
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It’s nice to have a basement where you can take a shelter, set up a home office, or store out-of-season items. And if you’re going to renovate your basements or looking for ideas for some types of basements for your new home, this guide is for you. Here we’ll discuss the many basements types and what you can do with your basements. 

Best Paint Colors for Finished Basements
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Finished basements often get overlooked when it comes to decor. They end up as storage spaces or play areas which aren’t styled in a particular way, and are somewhat neglected.

Standard Basement Window Sizes
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Basement windows come in a wide variety of sizes, which can differ between style and manufacturer. Common types of windows used in basements include hopper windows, casement windows, and single or double-hung windows. The most important thing you need to consider when planning windows for a basement is the minimum sizes that must be met in order to meet the necessary building code.

Ceilings

What color to paint ceiling beams
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Exposed ceiling beams are an inviting and stunning feature of any home. After all, they contribute to the overall mood of the interior and their color can make the room appear larger or smaller. Beams can sometimes go completely unnoticed if it’s not painted a solid color. This is why it’s important to decide on what color to paint ceiling beams in order to showcase them in your room.

Types of Ceiling Cracks
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Ceiling cracks are a common problem in older homes. They may be caused by various factors, including settling foundations and poor construction. However, cracks in the ceiling are not always a sign of foundation problems. This page will tell you about types of ceiling cracks and what they mean.

How to Hang Curtains from a Slanted Ceiling
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If you have a sloped or slanted ceiling, then the prospect of hanging curtains might seem more tricky than usual. Fortunately, there are various ways you can hang curtains from sloped ceilings without too much trouble. Here we investigate how to hang curtains from a slanted ceiling.

Doors

How to Gloss Paint a Door
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Gloss paint looks great on doors, but if you make a mistake, the glossy surface can highlight your error. Below, we’ll cover how to get the best finish using gloss paint.

Can Sliding Patio Doors be Reversed
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Sliding patio doors can be reversed, but it’s not a simple process. A sliding patio door is made up of several parts that must be disassembled, re-routed, and put back together again.

How to Stop Light from Coming through Door
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Light coming through the cracks around the door can be annoying when you’re trying to sleep or otherwise need it to be dark in the room. Here are some easy ways to block the light that won’t disturb anyone else.

Entry

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Banister
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Replacing a stair banister can be a very expensive project, but there are also ways to reduce the cost, for example, by choosing a material that is cheaper to source. Here we look at the different materials you can use when replacing a stair banister and the different levels of costs you can expect to encounter when embarking on this project.

Types of Stair Treads
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There are a variety of stair treads – they can be made with different types of wood and can be tiled with many material options. Learn all about stair treads in this article.

Standard Stair Angle
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When building a staircase you will need to decide on an appropriate stair angle. This is important because it greatly impacts the overall safety of the stairs, since the stair angle will dictate both the depth of the treads and the height of the risers.

Fasterners

What Size Brad Nails Do I Need
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Brad nails are used for the final detail of a project and have a smaller head than their cousin. The length of your brad is generally determined by the thickness of wood you’re fastening together and its intended use.

Framing Nail Size
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When framing interior walls, you need to choose the right size nails to ensure the framing is strong and that your job isn’t too physically strenuous. This means you will want a nail that is large enough to be sturdy and robust while being small enough that it isn’t difficult to drive into the wood. You should also stay away from nails that are too bulky because they can split the wood upon entry, rendering your framing weak and unsuitable.

Drywall Screw Size
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To effectively attach drywall to studs, you’ll need to select the correct size of screw. While there is a huge variety of screw sizes available for building work, there are only a handful of sizes that are suitable for use with drywall.

Flooring

What Color Walls Go with a Brown Carpet
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If you’re looking for the perfect wall color that goes with a brown carpet, this post will ensure you find the best option. So let’s get started now!

What is the Best Carpet Color to Hide Dirt
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Choosing a new carpet for your home means deciding on its material, thickness as well as color. While the durability of the carpet material is important for most people, it should be a color that doesn’t show stains and dirt easily.

What Color Rug for an Orange Couch
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Orange furniture is making a comeback in the world of interior design. This cheery, bright shade is an excellent choice for creating warm and inviting spaces. Since orange is associated with fun and joy, it’s no wonder the shade is becoming popular for living room furniture as it can be used to bring a happy vibe to the space.

Furniture

What Color Desk Should You Get for Your Home Office
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In this post, we will give you the best desk color ideas that you’re likely to use at your home office. Keep reading until the end to learn more about why color psychology is important when choosing a desk color. Let’s get started!

Chairs in the living room instead of sofa
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When we think of living room furniture, the first thing that pops to our minds is a large, comfortable sofa. But did you know you can still create a welcoming and warm atmosphere in your living room without a sofa?

What Color Rug for an Orange Couch
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Orange furniture is making a comeback in the world of interior design. This cheery, bright shade is an excellent choice for creating warm and inviting spaces. Since orange is associated with fun and joy, it’s no wonder the shade is becoming popular for living room furniture as it can be used to bring a happy vibe to the space.

Garages

How to Paint a Roll Up Garage Door
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If you have a roll-up garage door, you might be wondering if this needs to be approached in a different way than painting a regular garage door. Here we look at the process you will need to follow to properly painting a roll-up garage door.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a 24×24 Garage
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The average cost to build a garage is $50 per square foot. A 24-foot by 24-foot garage will have a total square footage of 576, which brings the average cost of building out to $28,800.

Garage Doors with Windows for Improved Curb Appeal
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Whether you use your garage as a place to store your car or belongings, an often overlooked function of this multi-purpose room is natural lighting. When it comes to choosing a door for your garage, adding window inserts can make a big difference. If it’s time to replace your garage door and you’re contemplating your options, then you’ve come to the right place.

Green Living

Why is My House So Hot?
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When warmer months roll around, many people find it difficult to stay cool in their own homes. This can make it especially difficult to sleep at night or even to concentrate during the day. If you have children in the home, they can become very uncomfortable and irritable if they overheat, and this can actually be potentially dangerous for babies. So, why is your house so hot?

Eco-Cleaning Products
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Since the times of the industrial-chemical boom of the 1950s, when all chemicals were regarded as beneficial, we have come a long way in understanding how even everyday household cleaning products can adversely affect our environment and our health.

Green Building
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Our homes have high energy needs. To satisfy them, we have been burning massive amounts of fossil fuels, which produces greenhouse gasses. The greenhouse gas buildup has created the current climate crisis – probably the largest threat and challenge humanity had yet faced. Let’s dive into the innovative world of green building together and get some answers!

Home Exterior Remodel & Improvement

What Color Metal Roof Fades The Least
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When you are choosing a color for your new metal roof, you might initially think only in terms of how the color coordinates with the rest of your home’s exterior. Many people will choose a metal roof color that matches the color of their front door or garage door, or you might want to opt for a color similar to your siding color so that it blends in and creates a uniform look.

Fascia Board Sizes
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A fascia board is a piece of horizontal board that is fixed in place along the end of a home’s roof eaves at the rafters. Traditionally a fascia board will be made from solid lumber, but in recent years PVC fascia boards have become more popular because they offer a maintenance-free alternative, and they are typically more affordable.

What Color To Paint A House With An Orange Roof
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To determine what color to paint a house with an orange roof, you must first pay attention to the undertone of your orange shingles. Some are a warm natural terracotta while others have more of a muted orange or brown tone to them. To help you decide on the right paint color for your house with an orange roof, take a look at our examples below:

Painting

How to Gloss Paint a Door
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Gloss paint looks great on doors, but if you make a mistake, the glossy surface can highlight your error. Below, we’ll cover how to get the best finish using gloss paint.

What Kind of Paint Can You Use on Outdoor Furniture
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People are turning to DIY more than ever, and painting is a great way to update your home for less. However, you should know exactly what kind of paint you’re using – and how to use it – before starting.  

Best Chalk Paint Colors for Furniture
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Upcycling furniture with chalk paint can be a lot of fun if you like to get creative, and it also means you get to have a unique piece of furniture that is stylish and was achieved on a low budget. Here we look at some of the best chalk paint colors available to use on furniture.

Porches and Patios

Standard Porch Swing Size
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The standard porch swing size is around 48 inches wide and 28 inches in depth. There are also other porch swing widths, including 2 feet, 3 feet, 5 feet, and 6 feet. Common depths are 18 inches, 28 inches, and 46 inches.

Patio Slab Sizes
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Building codes require that concrete patio slabs be at least 3 and a half inches, but the standard depth of a concrete patio slab is 4 inches.This ensures that the patio is strong enough that it won’t crumble but not so thick that it will use unnecessary concrete and increase the cost of the project.

Paver Sizes
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The most common sizes of pavers are 8 inches by 4 inches and 9 inches by 6 inches. Their depth is usually 2 inches, 2 ⅜ inches, and 3 ⅛ inches.

Tools

Cost to Rent a Pressure Washer at Lowes
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Rental pressure washers at Lowe’s start at just $6 an hour for a minimum period of 4 hours, so you can complete quite an extensive task during that time for a really reasonable cost. By comparison, you can expect to pay a professional around $80 per hour to come and pressure wash your driveway, so that’s a significant saving.

Angled Finish Nailer VS Straight
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Having an electric nail gun is beneficial, especially if you have a do-it-yourself home improvement or construction project. Compared to hammering nails by hand, using an electric nail gun is easier and safer. Plus, it offers greater precision. However, what type of nail gun should you use?

Tools for Knife-Making
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Knifemaking is a process that’s been around for hundreds of years. To make a knife, one has to follow a series of processes, and all of these processes require tools. The earliest knives were made from such materials as flint, obsidian, brass, iron, copper, or bronze.

Walls

What Color Picture Frames Go With Gray Walls
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When you’ve painted your walls gray and are trying to decide what color picture frames go with it, you have a few options to choose from. Since gray is a highly versatile color, it can easily blend with any other cool-toned or warm-toned color.

How Tall Should Board and Batten Be
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We recommend installing board and batten between 8 inches to 30 inches. It depends on the height of your ceiling and the overall width of your wall.

7 Wall Colors that Go with Concrete Floors
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The most important element is to make sure your concrete floors are matched flawlessly with the wall color. This is why we’ve decided to delve into this topic a bit further by giving you some wall color suggestions with images so you can pick the one you like for your concrete floors. Let’s get started now!

Windows

Shutter Sizes
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External shutters can add a chic country cottage vibe to a home, adding personality to a property that might otherwise look bland or uninteresting. External shutters are purely decorative; however, their size is important if you want them to look authentic and properly finished. Here we look at the standard size for shutters and how to measure them for your own home.

How to Hang Curtains from a Slanted Ceiling
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If you have a sloped or slanted ceiling, then the prospect of hanging curtains might seem more tricky than usual. Fortunately, there are various ways you can hang curtains from sloped ceilings without too much trouble. Here we investigate how to hang curtains from a slanted ceiling.

How to Block Light from Top of Curtains
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If you have purchased blackout curtains only to find that light is still seeping in over the top or edges of them, this can be very frustrating. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can easily adjust your curtains or customize them to entirely block any light from accessing your room when the curtains are drawn.