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

Modern Sofa Colors for Yellow Walls
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Yellow is a bright, cheerful color that’s associated with positivity, fun and happiness. When it’s used for interior decoration, specifically as the color of the walls, it can look great with every design style. If you want to bring out the true beauty of this color, it is important to pair it with a complementary sofa color.

Refreshing Sofa Colors for Dark Floors
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To find out the best sofa colors for dark floors, here we will share some excellent pairing ideas for both modern and traditional interior styles:

How to Keep Light Colored Couch Clean
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It’s worth investing extra time and effort to maintain a spotless pale couch. This can include preventing spills from happening in the first place, protecting the couch with slipcovers and throws, and having upholstery cleaners to hand.

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

Basement ceiling colors
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The color you choose should reflect the type of feel you want to achieve in your basement, and of course, this depends on what you intend to use the room for. Here we look at some stylish basement ceiling paint colors and explain how they can affect the atmosphere in your basement.

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.

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 Keep Barn Door on Track
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Barn doors are all the rage in home decor, but what can you do if your much-loved barn door keeps coming off track? In this article, we’ll go into some effective ways to keep your barn doors in place.

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

Can you mix hardwood floor colors
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To help you make the right choice for your home, let’s look at some of the pros and cons, along with considerations you should factor in when selecting hardwood flooring colors.

What Color Floor Goes with Blue Walls
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Blue has to be almost everyone’s favorite color as it oozes a calm and soothing ambiance. When used for the interior walls of a room, this cool-toned color is sure to bring a tranquil vibe to your place. The one downside to painting your interior walls blue is the challenge of pairing this color with the floor. Deciding on what color floor goes with blue walls can be tricky as the wrong color can make your blue walls appear unattractive.

Should Area Rug Match Wall Color
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While you don’t want to match the exact color of your area rug with the walls, it is best that they complement each other by sharing the same color family. Ideally, the color of your rug should coordinate with both the furniture and the walls, with a little contrast to get the desired look.

Furniture

Modern Sofa Colors for Yellow Walls
Updated

Yellow is a bright, cheerful color that’s associated with positivity, fun and happiness. When it’s used for interior decoration, specifically as the color of the walls, it can look great with every design style. If you want to bring out the true beauty of this color, it is important to pair it with a complementary sofa color.

Refreshing Sofa Colors for Dark Floors
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To find out the best sofa colors for dark floors, here we will share some excellent pairing ideas for both modern and traditional interior styles:

How to Keep Light Colored Couch Clean
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It’s worth investing extra time and effort to maintain a spotless pale couch. This can include preventing spills from happening in the first place, protecting the couch with slipcovers and throws, and having upholstery cleaners to hand.

Garages

Bold and Daring Garage Wall Paint Color Ideas
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What garage wall paint colors should you choose, and how should you paint them like a professional? We will give you some ideas as well as step-by-step instructions on how you can paint your garage walls in a fast and affordable way. Let’s get started!

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.

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 Roof Goes with a Blue House
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If your home is painted in light or dark blue, you will find very limited options in roof colors. That said, some neutral, as well as bold colors, look beautiful when paired with blue siding. So what color roof goes with a blue house? Here are some calming and cohesive suggestions:

Metal Roof and Siding Color Combinations for a Trendy Curb Appeal
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Metal roofing for homes started becoming popular at the turn of the century. Many people no longer perceived this roofing type as suitable for commercial buildings as there were many advantages that came with metal roofs. Not only are metal roofs lightweight and durable, but they are also fire and hail-storm resistant.

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.

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

Porch Overhang Ideas to Fulfill Your Roofing Needs
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We have compiled a few practical porch roof designs with pictures to give you inspiration. But before we start, let’s delve a little into roof overhangs in case you’re not familiar with this topic.

Standard Canopy Size
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The standard canopy size is around 10′ x 10′. There are also other common sizes, including 6′ x 6′, 8′ x 8′, 10′ 15′, 10′ x 20′.

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.

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

Wall Colors that Go with a Green Carpet
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When it comes to deciding on the best wall color that goes with a green carpet, you’ll want to make the right choice for your interior. Green works well with neutrals like beige, gray and cream. But if you want to add a little contrast, why not select a pop of color like pink or blue?

How to choose colors for a large wall
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Here we explore the best paint colors for large walls in different types of rooms and look at the effect that natural lighting has on wall colors.

Eye Catching Fireplace Accent Wall Colors to Add Spark to Your Room
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Why let your fireplace disappear into the background when you can create an attractive accent wall around it? A fireplace feature wall is the focal point of any room as it transforms the look and feel of the space. Accent walls provide the perfect opportunity to add depth to your room without changing your home’s interior decor.

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.