Tips for Retile A Shower

Nothing in the home lasts forever, including tile, and since the bathroom is the most trafficked room in the home, retiling a shower is a project one must consider. Even more so, a shower gets rid of dirt, sweat or any other unwanted growths on your body. As such, it deserves to be as clean as possible.

Existing tile can only be cleaned so much. Many choose to revitalize their bathroom by retiling the shower. It can be a lengthy and sometimes timely project, but those who do bite the bullet almost always agree that it is well worth it.

 

How to Retile A Shower

Retiling a shower consists of completely knocking out the existing tile and installing new tile. For those of you with larger showers, this is by no means a short project. However, before you can get started, you must first choose your existing tile, which I will get to later, and gather all your tools. The tools you will need to retile your shower are:

  • New tile
  • Utility knife, chisel or putty knife
  • Hammer
  • Sander
  • Scrub brush
  • Grout
  • Grout trowel
  • Mortar mix
  • Mortar trowel
  • Paint remover
  • Tile spacers
  • Caulk
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

First, remove the shower head and

Tips To Refinish Hardwood Floors

Your hardwood floors are an important investment in your home. However, caring for them can be a challenge. After years of use, your hardwood flooring can become dull and scratched. But, you can make them look like new again without fully replacing them.

If you like to DIY and have time to patiently take care of your floors, this project could be right for you. Here’s how to refinish your hardwood floors.

 

Costs to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Depending on the type of wood used, care and the installation method, hardwood flooring can last up to 25 years or more. Refinishing damaged hardwood floors will ensure that your floors last a lifetime. The average cost to refinish hardwood floors is $1,455. This cost depends on the area that is being refinished and the amount of wear and tear on the wood. Keep in mind, if you’re doing it yourself, you may need to factor the costs of renting a sander and other materials you may not already own.

 

Refinishing Considerations

When taking on this project, it should not be done hastily. There are many decisions to make that can

Window Trends for Your Home

Windows are an essential element in any room. Sure, they are a great utility for natural light, but have you considered how they can easily change the look of a space? With so many shapes and sizes available, you can easily match your style.

With 2017 approaching, now is the time to consider what changes you can make to your windows to give your room a stylish look. Updating your windows could mean a small DIY upgrade or a new installation. To help, here’s a few window trends you’ll be seeing in 2017.

Last year, we reported that high and functional windows were hot. Many of these trends will carry over to 2017, such as sustainable windows. This is a trend that will carry on for years to come, as many homeowner see the valuable ROI.

Changing out your curtains and drapes is an easy way to update your look for the new year. Window treatments started to make a comeback last year and we’re seeing bright and bold colors at the forefront, as well as including the small details to make a big impact

How To Remove Vinyl Flooring

One of the most frustrating home remodeling tasks is trying to remove an old linoleum or vinyl floor. Even when the linoleum is pulled off, things only get worse. Now you’re faced with gobs of old glue that seem harder than meteorites all over the floor.

One common alternative to removing old linoleum or vinyl floors is to put a new one right over it. If the existing floor is still smooth or can be smoothed with a few patches of FixAll, then the new floor can be laid directly on top of the old.

In some cases, a layer of 1/4-inch plywood is laid over the old floor to provide a smooth base and then the new resilient floor is laid on that. In still another approach, the old floor is floated with a self-leveling concrete that is about 1/8-inch thick when dry. The new floor is put on that.

When adding a new floor, particularly when adding plywood or self-leveling concrete, consider that this process is going to raise your floor noticeably. The most important concern is that it will not connect smoothly with the adjacent floors. This height difference could trip the unwary, particularly guests or the elderly.

Design Around Bad Carpet

Carpet, while soft and cushioned on top, can sometimes wear both on your feet and eyes. When it comes to the touch, there is little you can do to bring it back to its original life. With sight, there is plenty you can do to draw attention away from the carpet that was so vogue 10 years ago.

Despite relatively cheap carpet cleaning prices, many homeowners are finding new ways to design around the carpet they can’t stand. While some ideas below are costly, all of them take the focus away from your dated carpet to a more pleasant design in the room.

 

1. Remove It

The first option you must consider is removing the carpet altogether. Looking at current flooring trends, more and more homeowners are choosing hardwood over carpet and tile. As opposed to carpet, hardwood is easy to clean and offers a wide array of options. Then again, it doesn’t offer that homey feel we all seek in our bedrooms. For a full comparison, please see Carpet & Hardwood Flooring: How They Compare.

 

2. Cover It Up

Going the less drastic route, you could always just cover the carpet with a large area rug. It’s not only the fastest and easiest way

Bath Space Savers Worth Trying

No matter how big or small of a house, all homeowners want to know how to save on space, especially in their kitchen and bathrooms. Regardless of how much room you have, it’s likely you’re always collecting and, therefore, utilizing your square footage to its full capacity.

Smart space savers declutter your home, make it easier for you to find what you need and improve the aesthetics of any room. Before knocking down your walls, see eight kitchen and bath savers worth trying.

 

1. Crate Shelving

Looking for easy, budget-friendly bathroom storage ideas that don’t require installing cabinets? Well, look no further. One crafty solution is to purchase a few inexpensive crates, or hunt them down at a craft store, and slap on a fresh coat of paint in the color of your choosing. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity. This will create a decorative and functional storage solution in your bath.

Another option is to take inventory of any free floor or corner space in your bathroom. Blank space is your friend when searching for storage enhancements. Collect, paint and arrange multiple crates from the ground up and display your items in attractive

Bathroom Amenities Ideas

Regardless of how large or small your bathroom is, you can still find ways to upgrade it to the bathroom you desire. After all, it’s a room that requires function to get a fresh start on the day ahead, but it needs features to help you relax at night.

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than these luxury bathroom amenities. They will have you dreaming of all the changes you can make to create the relaxing bathroom you’ve always wanted.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Besides being a space to rest and relax, if you’re selling your home, the bathroom could be a large factor in those looking to buy. The look and feel of a bathroom can impact a buyer’s decision. If you’re considering selling your home, now is the perfect time to consider a bathroom remodel. Much of the cost depends on what luxurious amenities you decide to add to your new bathroom. The average cost to remodel a bathroom is $8,748, with most homeowners spending between $6,535 and $9,788.

 

1. Luxury Bathroom Vanities

If you’re looking for a bathroom amenity that can change how you function, look no further than a double bathroom vanity. Instead of fighting over a single sink in the morning, this

Flooring Trends

If you think of any room in the house, what do you consider to be the largest decorative statement? Maybe your wall color or a light fixture comes to mind. But, your flooring can impact your room more than you may realize.

With new décor trends in 2017 pointing to natural and sustainable materials, now might be the right time for you to upgrade any outdated flooring. Durability and longevity is a common theme among any type of trendy flooring. If you’re upgrading your floors this year, consider these trendy flooring ideas for 2017

 

Kitchen Flooring Trends

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and it receives many visitors. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or ready to update an old kitchen floor, you’ll want to choose a replacement that’s sure to last. Here are a few trendy kitchen floor ideas for 2017:

 

Luxury Vinyl

Gone are the days of tacky looking vinyl flooring. For your kitchen, you need something stylish and durable. Luxury vinyl is a hot trend for 2017, giving the look of hardwood and tile without the price tag. This material is easy to clean and comes in a wide variety to match your style. The average cost to install

Bathroom Trends You Should Know

Your kitchen and bathroom are two rooms in the home that get used most often. Guests and family alike will frequent these areas, so it’s important you have them looking their best, regardless of their size.

Whether your old bathroom or kitchen needs a quick update to refresh the look, or you’re planning a complete remodel, you’ll want to see what’s trending in 2017 before you begin.

 

Kitchen Trends

As the heart of the home, a kitchen is an area that should be welcoming and functional. If you have an outdated kitchen, you may be considering a kitchen remodel this year. While it has larger costs upfront, it can have a great impact on the ROI for your home. The average cost to remodel a kitchen is $18,727, with most homeowners spending between $12,986 and $21,306. Materials tend to be the costliest items when it comes to a kitchen remodel.

However, if you’re just looking to make a few changes, there are plenty of DIY options to update your kitchen quickly. Whatever you decide, be sure your kitchen incorporates a few 2017 kitchen trends.

 

Black & White

If you’re looking for a kitchen color trend that will stick around, black and white is your answer. This clean and

Common Chimney Problems

Having a working fireplace is a wonderful and cozy luxury to have on a cold winter day. When the weather gets colder, many people are preparing their fireplace for use. However, if you’re intending on utilizing your older chimney, it’s important to inspect it before use, as a damaged chimney can cause problems for the house overall.

Many people don’t know where to start when looking at their chimneys, or some even discover problems upon use. By understanding these five common chimney problems, you can quickly find a solution to resolve any issues and go back to relaxing by the fire.

 

Chimney Maintenance Is Important

On the list of priorities for your home, chimney maintenance may not make it to the top. However, if you’re eager to use your fireplace every year, you should consider an annual chimney inspection as part of your winter home maintenance checklist. Without proper care, your chimney can actually become a fire hazard to the home. If not cleaned and maintained, it can cause a fire or even water damage in time. By inspecting your chimney and taking action when something doesn’t look quite right, you can continue to safely enjoy your fireplace.

 

1. Buildup In The Chimney

After many

Incredible Rooms That Belong In Your Dream

At some point in your life, you find yourself imagining what your dream home would look like and brainstorm ideas about how to personalize each room. It’s hard to snap back to reality after you map the details out in your head, but visualizing what could be is fun for many of us.

Your dream home definitely needs to have rooms that are impressive and out of the ordinary. I’m here to let your mind run wild for a few minutes, as I show and describe eight incredible rooms that belong in your dream home. Remember, never stop dreaming!

 

1. Kitchen

Building your dream home requires a financial investment and professional expertise. Constructing your dream kitchen comes with its pros and cons. You’ll need to set a budget, hire a contractor and pick out your materials.

I selected this kitchen for your dream home because of the gorgeous hardwood floors, lavish pendant light fixtures and numerous windows that draw in natural light. Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, see our kitchen renovation cost estimator to make a plan before you begin your project.

 

2. Bathroom

It’s not a dream home without an extravagant bathroom to relax in after a long day. According to costs

How To Make Your Bathroom Smell Great

At the end of the day, where do you go to unwind? A spa-like bathroom can be the remedy for a stressful day. Your bathroom is beautiful, so it should smell beautiful too! Mold, mildew and waste can make this a daily challenge. With use and over time, these smells seem to grow stronger.

Majority of unpleasant bathroom scents grow stronger with time. So it’s important to take care of them as soon as you recognize it. Never fear, there are solutions to create a great smelling bathroom. Eliminate odors and freshen up with these bathroom tips.

 

Clean It Up

Bathrooms tend to have a lot going on that can easily cause a mess. If you don’t have one already, create a cleaning routine for the bathroom. Clean the shower, bathtub, sink, toilet and floors thoroughly. Using a daily shower spray can help.

Fabrics in the bathroom like towels and shower curtains tend to hold the moisture and can create a musty smell. Be sure to wash these regularly to keep the bathroom smelling fresh.

Once a year, it’s a good idea to get a professional cleaning. This is a great way to scrub all the corners and small areas you may not be able

Garage Door Trends

Your garage door is a huge factor in curb appeal. The style and color can either add style to your home’s exterior or be a complete eyesore. If you feel like your garage door has become the latter, this may be the year you make the investment and update your garage door.

However, there are many small updates that can improve your garage door without a full replacement. New technologies and innovations have made it easier to move and in and out of your garage. Keep an eye out for these garage door trends in 2017.

Compared to last year, we’re seeing many trends continue, specifically using bold colors to create a vibrant garage. Given the color trends of 2017 are bold and deep, this will fit right in with your hot home décor this year. Innovation in garage doors has allowed for new trends in smart home technology to reach the garage as well as using your garage door to create a more functional and livable space. If you’re ready to update your garage, 2017 is the year to do it!

 

Garage Door Prices

An old, outdated garage can speak volumes about the condition of your home. Though often, garage doors are made

Basement Remodeling Trends

If you have a basement, you likely love your extra space or don’t know what to do with it. It’s a large area that tends to be out of sight most of the time. However, this space is a great opportunity for any homeowner to create a space that’s unique and useable. It all starts with a basement remodel.

While basement remodeling is an investment, it can give you a space you and your family can enjoy for years to come. From home theaters to play rooms, the options are endless. Here are a few trendy ideas to create your dream basement in 2017.

 

Basement Remodeling Costs

When starting any remodeling plans, you should be aware of the costs associated with the project. Depending on the condition of your basement currently, it may require less work, which could change the costs in the end. The average cost to remodel a basement is $17,118. These costs also vary on the style of room you are creating. A children’s play area may need less work while a home theater requires more wiring and technology to be installed.

 

Basement Bar Ideas

Whether you’re creating the perfect man cave or want to be the best host on the block,

How to Turning It Into Livable Space

Creating extra living space in your home can be the change you need. Depending on what you decide to use a new room for, it can mean less toys in the living room or a place for an unexpected guest to stay. If you’re looking for extra space, consider your attic as an area to remodel.

Depending on its size, converting your attic into livable space can be easier than you may think. However, it’s not as simple as painting and moving furniture in. Here are a few tips on how you can turn your attic into a living space.

 

Know Your Codes

Before you begin looking at what you need to do to convert your attic into a living space, research your local codes and requirements. Many ordinances require ceilings to be at least seven feet high and seven feet wide in any direction. A room in your attic must also have a staircase. If your attic does not have the minimum space or access requirements, that can be a major safety concern. You will need include these requirements in your remodel.

 

Attic Insulation Costs

To make your attic livable, you’ll need to have temperature control. While some newly-built homes have insulated attics, many

Room Chandeliers That Create Conversation

A dining room is a place where company can gather and enjoy a meal together. Unlike kitchens, dining rooms are a place to rest and relax with those you love. The décor of the room can also impact the conversations around the table. That’s why it’s so important to include items you love in your dining room.

One feature that takes center stage in the dining room is the chandelier. Valued for both function and décor, it’s an item that can easily enhance the space. If you’re looking for a piece to talk about over dinner, look up! See a few chandelier ideas that will inspire conversation.

 

Light Fixture Installation Costs

The good news is that statement lighting is hot this year. If you want to update your dining room without spending a fortune, replacing a light fixture with something new could be just what’s needed. However, installing on overhead light fixture on your own is not recommended. Unless you have a background in electrical work, you could be putting yourself and your home in harm’s way. As a general rule, leave electrical projects to the pros. The average cost to install a light fixture is $418, with most homeowners spending between $176

Guide To Adding Value To Your Home

Whether you’re a senior looking to sell your house in the near future or are looking for practical updates that will make it more appealing to buyers later on, there are all kinds of ways to increase your home’s value. Some changes can be made quite easily by homeowners themselves, and certain projects will take no more than a weekend to complete. Other updates are better left to a professional, be it due to safety precautions or special training that’s required to do the job. This guide will discuss the best value-boosting modifications to consider for your home so that when the time comes to sell, you’ll get the highest return on your investment.

Keep in mind that every homeowner’s needs will be different, and you may want to ask a real estate agent or local interior designer to evaluate your home. They can offer valuable insight on the areas of your house that would best benefit from an update, as well as when to preserve the integrity of a particular style of home, some modern renovations may detract from a colonial home’s appeal, for instance. Getting personalized advice about how to best add value to your home is never a

Lighting To Boost Curb Appeal

Your outdoor décor doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Outdoor lighting can improve the elegance and sophistication of your home, not to mention the safety benefits it has.

One way you can save money and improve your ROI is with solar landscape lighting. Not only does solar landscape lighting save you money, but it’s also eco-friendly. From solar path lights to solar spot lights, you can find a landscape lighting option for your budget. See a few ideas you can use to boost your curb appeal with outdoor solar lights.

 

Why Choose Solar Power?

The latest innovations in solar power make it possible for you to add lighting virtually anywhere indoors and out, without increasing your electrical bill. Many homeowners are turning to solar power for their landscape lighting needs, as they are typically easy to install and the best way to harness the sun’s rays. Solar power lighting has a high ROI that will be good for your wallet now and when it’s time to sell.

Solar power not only helps your wallet but it also helps the earth. By choosing to use solar power, you are significantly reducing your carbon footprint and helping to conserve resources. According to the Solar Energy

Great Bathroom Decor Ideas

For most of us, the bathroom of our dreams is matched with a budget we can only imagine. However, that doesn’t have to hold you back from falling in love with the bathroom you have right now.

If you love to DIY, there’s no reason you can’t create the perfect bathroom. There are many DIY bathroom décor ideas that can fit in budgets of any size and still look great. See a few DIY bathroom ideas that will inspire your next project.

 

DIY Safety

DIY is a fun way to truly customize your home while saving money. However, many projects use power tools and products that could be harmful to you or others if used incorrectly. Never take on a DIY project you don’t have the right tools for or that you may not have the experience to do. Review a few basic DIY safety tips before beginning your next bathroom DIY project.

 

1. DIY Bathroom Mirror

Regardless of its current style, your bathroom mirror can be a focal point of the room. Therefore, it should be a feature that you love! Of all the DIY bathroom projects available, framing a bathroom mirror can be the most versatile to your current style. This project will

Kitchen Ideas On A Budget

The kitchen countertop is a focal point of your kitchen. It needs to have great function just as much as trendy style. Unfortunately, not everyone has the kitchen countertop they dream of, maybe due to age or material.

Countertops are the largest surface you have in your kitchen. Keeping them looking great can sometimes be a challenge. A poor looking countertop can make even the nicest kitchen look out-of-date. The good news is that you don’t need a complete remodel to change the look of your kitchen countertop. See a few kitchen countertop ideas that can fit in any budget.

 

1. Kitchen Countertop Refinishing

One of the first things you can do to improve your countertop is refinishing. This is a go-to project for many homeowners when they want to update the look of their kitchen countertop. Refinishing is a cheap kitchen countertop idea that you can likely do yourself if you have tile, wood, cultured stone or laminate countertops. The average cost of countertop refinishing varies by material.

  • Laminate countertop refinishing is between $1.67/sf and $4.17 /sf.
  • Epoxy countertop refinishing is  between $2.92/sf and $7.17 /sf.
  • Paint & Sealant refinishing is between $1.17/sf and $2.33 /sf.

 

2. Repair Kitchen Countertops

In some cases, all you may need