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Remodeling 649 Ideabooks

Imagine walking into your newly built or remodeled home and seeing it exactly as you had imagined it at the start of construction: the windows are all in the right places, the flooring is the right color, and the kitchen cabinets are a perfect fit. Now allow me to pinch you on the arm, because for most people, reality...
Follow a Ranch House Renovation From Start to Finish
Follow the progress of Mike and Leann Rowe of Lutz, Florida, as they purchase, renovate and move into a 1970s-era ranch house in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Here and over the next few months, I'll show how they: *Found the right house *Assembled ...
11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel
If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense...
Get What You Need From the House You Have
So, you've come to the realization that your home is no longer the perfect fit for you or your family. Something is missing, you need more space, or your house just doesn’t feel just right anymore. It's...
6 Must-Know Lessons From a Serial Renovator
Over almost four decades of marriage, my wife and I have renovated, in whole or in part, five of our own houses. We have just purchased a home in a golf community so will, again, embark on a renovation project, our sixth. In addition to these home renovations...
Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?
If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, you want to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these. Simple enough. But the scope of the project depends on...
Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen
You've decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting...
10 Tips to Maximize Your Whole-House Remodel
If a whole-house remodel or second-story addition is in your future, here’s are 10 tips to maximize your investment, increase the functionality of your home and make future work easier. Keeping them in mind when working with your architect or...
10 Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project
Remodeling or building a new home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision-making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you...
Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts
Whether you work with a general contractor or act as one on your own project, getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor can give you a new perspective into remodeling projects around your home. I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor,...
Should You Stay or Should You Go for a Remodel? 10 Points to Ponder
For remodels big and small, homeowners all have to answer the same question: Should you find an untouched space in your home and live through the construction, or pack your bags and go? The answer depends on the...
Wisdom to Help Your Relationship Survive a Remodel
Renovating a home with a significant other is one of the ultimate tests of relationship endurance. It's like having a baby, only if every detail of that baby were customized by you and your partner — eye and hair color, haircut style, eyebrow...
8 Little Remodeling Touches That Make a Big Difference
When we did our remodel, our contractor suggested a thousand things I had never really thought about. They weren't necessarily design considerations; they were more quality-of-life considerations — just little things you didn't know you were missing...
Know Your House: What Makes Up a Home's Foundation
In many respects the foundation is the most important element of any building, be it a house or a high-rise. Simply put, the foundation is what everything rests on. So getting the foundation right will go a long way toward having a sound and stable...
Know Your House: What Makes Up a Floor Structure
Once the foundation, or substructure, of a house is in place, the next step is to build the superstructure: floors, walls and roof. Among all...