Articles and Ideas2020-05-28T22:41:40-04:00

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

If you are considering a bathroom renovation, be sure to view our archive of articles for bathroom remodeling ideas. You’ll find suggestions on cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, sinks, tile, fixtures, and more, which you can incorporate into your bathroom renovation project plan.

The Cost for Sagging Floor Repair

Sagging floor repairs are often necessary, and they tend to be simple and more affordable than most other home improvement projects and repairs. Prior to repairing the floor, it is necessary to determine the cause. Common causes are wood rot, undersized beams, or problems with the home’s foundation. Repairs that are often necessary to address a sagging floor include repairs to the foundation, floor joists, sill plate, band board and rim joist, center beam, support columns, and subfloor. Learn about causes of sagging floors and factors that impact the cost of repairs.

November 23rd, 2022|

The Cost to Repair or Replace a Subfloor

A subfloor can become loose or warp and degrade from water damage, resulting in the need to repair or replace the subfloor material. Noticeable issues that may be caused by a damaged subfloor include squeaking floors, springy or uneven floors, cupping floorboards, loose or cracking floor tiles, and a loose toilet. Learn how to identify if a subfloor needs to be repaired or replaced, possible materials that are used for subfloors, and associated costs.

October 5th, 2022|

Bathroom Window Privacy Ideas That Won’t Sacrifice Style

Letting natural light into a bathroom can enhance its appearance and can even help reduce mold growth. however, it can also pose privacy concerns. There are a number of ways to address bathroom window privacy concerns, from simple DIY solutions to permanent home improvements. Choosing materials that are designed for moisture should make a bathroom window privacy solution long-lasting and prevent unwanted mold or mildew, while options that aren’t waterproof or moisture-resistant should be avoided. Learn about bathroom window treatment options and the benefits of each.

September 19th, 2022|

What is The Cost of Bathroom and Kitchen Countertops?

Replacing bathroom and kitchen countertops can boost the functionality of a bathroom and kitchen as well as the value of a home. Bathroom and kitchen counters are available in a variety of materials, finishes, and edge treatments to match any budget. According to Angi and HomeAdvisor, the cost of countertops ranges between $825-$4,177, with an average cost of $2,200. The cost of bathroom and kitchen countertops can be impacted by many factors, including countertop material, countertop size, edges and corner treatments, installation location, and labor. Learn about different bathroom and kitchen countertop options and other factors that impact cost.

September 13th, 2022|

Who Installs Bathroom Exhaust Fans?

Depending on the complexity, a bathroom fan installation may require an electrician, HVAC technician, and roofer, although a highly-skilled handyman or general contractor may be able to complete the project. Learn about the complexities of installing a bathroom exhaust ran and which licensed professionals may be required.

September 13th, 2022|

Most Common Home Renovation Projects for Empty Nesters

A home renovation to an empty nest becomes a practical option for those ready for an upgrade, with approximately 3 out of 4 empty nesters planning renovation projects. Learn about common home renovations to consider after the kids are out of the house.

September 9th, 2022|

How a Bathroom Remodel Can Benefit Home Buyers and Sellers

A bathroom remodel can make a home more functional and aesthetically pleasing as well as increase the value of the property. For those considering selling a home or simply want to refresh the space, a bathroom renovation is a smart financial decision. In fact, based on the 2022 average cost of a mid-range bathroom remodel of $27,00, homeowners can expect to recoup nearly $16,000 of that cost at resale for an ROI of nearly 60 percent. Learn about estimated costs, fixture suggestions, and material shopping tips to get the most return on a bathroom remodel investment.

June 15th, 2022|

How To Fix a Cracked Floor Tile Without Replacing It Entirely

Tile floors are a beautiful and durable flooring option in any home, including in a finished basement. However, floor tile isn’t impervious to cracking and may break due to improper installation, extreme temperature changes, too much weight, or dropping a heavy object in the wrong spot. Learn how to repair a cracked floor tile in 5 simple steps.

June 9th, 2022|

Home Improvements You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

Home improvements that typically cost less than the average tax refund and can be completed quickly include adding a kitchen island; painting a house; adding a tile backsplash; replacing bathroom amenities such as cabinets, sinks, and fixtures; installing wainscoting, and upgrading a sump pump. Learn about home improvement projects that can be completed with a tax refund.

April 14th, 2022|

The Differences Between Quartz and Marble Countertops

Quartz and marble are among the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials, such as marble being a natural stone while quartz is a manufactured stone, and quartz is more durable and less porous than marble, making it less susceptible to damage and wear. Learn about advantages and disadvantages of marble versus quartz countertops.

February 24th, 2022|

15 Alternatives to White to Paint Your Bathroom

Bathroom paint colors can set a tone and mood for a space in a home that gets heavy use. Regardless of the paint color, it’s best to use a semi-gloss finish paint, as this type of paint works best in high-moisture environments, is easy to clean, and isn’t impacted by the occasional splash of water. Learn about bathroom paint ideas for updating your basement bathroom.

February 20th, 2022|

Granite Types to Consider for Bathroom, Kitchen, and Bar Countertops

Granite is one of the toughest natural stones available, is highly resistant to scratches and chips, and is more affordable than marble - which makes it ideal for bathroom, kitchen, and basement bar countertops. Learn about granite options for bathrooms, kitchens, and basement bars and the benefits of each.

January 28th, 2022|

How Long Does a Septic Tank Last?

To maximize a septic tank’s lifespan, is it recommended to pump a septic tank every 2 to 3 years. As part of the service call, the septic service company should inspect the complete system for potential issues that could require repairs. Identifying and repairing issues quickly can extend the septic tank and system life. It is also recommended to avoid flushing items down the toilet that could harm the septic system and lead to failure. Learn about septic system lifespan, identifying possible septic tank and septic field failures, and how to extend the life of a septic system.

January 27th, 2022|

Bathroom Maintenance – The Correct Way to Clean a Shower

Regularly cleaning your bathroom shower removes mold and mildew and soap scum that makes a bathtub or shower look dirty. Not all shower materials are the same, and some cleaners may be harmful to a shower surface. Learn how to clean a shower safely and correctly and the best cleaners for each surface type.

December 29th, 2021|

The Cost For Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly wood flooring option that offers a unique look, durability, accepts stain like hardwood, and presents a modern look. Installation costs for bamboo flooring range between $1,500-$15,000 with a national average of $6,000, which calculates to $5-$15 per square foot, including labor and materials. The benefits of using bamboo flooring are many, including ease of installation, durability, it's low maintenance, and it's moisture, mold, and mildew resistant. Learn about the benefits of bamboo flooring and factors that could impact the project cost.

December 23rd, 2021|

Bathroom Design Ideas – Adding a Water Closet

The water closet - a small, closed room containing a toilet that is part of the bathroom - has been reintroduced in modern-day bathroom design. The benefits of a water closet are additional privacy when multiple people are using the bathroom and improved hygiene as having a toilet in an enclosed space prevents particles from spreading when the toilet is flushed. Learn more about the water closet and why it is popular in modern bathroom designs.

December 22nd, 2021|

Things to Know About Solid Surface Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops

There are 3 types of solid surface countertops - acrylic-based, polyester-based, and acrylic/polyester-based, each having unique attributes. There are many benefits to using solid surface countertops - they are nonporous, easy to clean, easy to repair, can appear seamless, and can look like granite or marble but cost less and require less maintenance. Learn about options for solid surface countertops and the benefits of each.

December 21st, 2021|