The Latest in Renovation

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Painting / Staining

How to Stain Wood: Tips for Large and Small Projects

Learn the best types of wood to stain, the tools you need, the type of stain to use, and how to stain wood for small or large projects.

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Garden

5 Patio Materials by Cost, Durability, Installation & Style

When choosing a material for your patio, consider cost, durability, style, and—if you’re taking on the project yourself—installation difficulty. We’ve ranked five of the most common materials to help you make the best choice.

Hardscaping

A Quick Guide to Brick Patterns

A quick digest of the most common brick patterns. We rank six patterns from easiest to hardest so you can decide whether you want to DIY the job or call in a pro.

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Renovation

Guide to Energy-Efficient Windows

Learn what you should be looking for when shopping for energy-efficient windows, how to read an energy efficiency rating, and how to pick windows for your home.

HVAC

Types of Energy-Efficient
Home Heating

We explore four types of energy-efficient home heating systems, how they work, overall cost, and how to choose the best one for your home.

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Installation

Crown Molding | Types and Installation

Crown molding is a surprisingly easy way to completely transform your home. We'll walk you through the basics of installing crown molding yourself.

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Painting / Staining

5 Wall Texture Techniques
for Your Home

From stucco finishes to board-formed concrete, we consider traditional and modern wall texture techniques and give you the top five options for your home.

Interior of Home during complete renovation. This old house was complete gutted inside and now new wooden framing is installed for next phase of modern walls, floor and ceiling.
Renovation

Benefits of Double-Pane Windows

From cost to energy efficiency to ease of installation, here’s what you need to know about double-pane windows.

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Renovation

How to Remove Wallpaper

Learn how to remove wallpaper with DIY videos and easy step-by-step methods.

Installation

The Cost of Installing
Hardwood Flooring

From materials to labor, how much should your hardwood floor cost? We discuss the cost of wood, DIY options, and whether to hire a professional.

Curb Appeal

6 Best Roofing Materials Ranked by Durability and Cost

When it comes to roofing materials, make an informed and careful decision. Consider the six most popular options and make the right choice for your home.