Know the Code, Talk to the Experts Before You Start
Professional handymen are a wealth of knowledge as well as skill. Not only will they explain the International Residential Code as it relates to your home improvement project, they also will ensure any work meets local ordinances. They will explain the importance of changes, as well, such as why you must not or may remove a load-bearing wall, with the latter being possible by shifting weight within the home. Learn more about load-bearing walls.
When hiring such a professional for the first time, turn to others who have had similar work done for recommendations and warnings. Angie's List provides plenty of leads if you do not know anyone personally. Be sure to check licenses, too. We share more tips for hiring a contractor.
Bathroom Remodel Ideas
If your home improvement project involves a remodeling of your master bathroom, learn the five must-haves: radiant-heat flooring, double sinks, wall-to-wall mirrors, Jacuzzi tub and skylights. If your budget will not allow for all five, learn about each bathroom must-have's selling points to pick and choose.
Speaking of budgets, both in terms of money and space, we share ideas for making a big impact in a small bathroom. A frameless shower door, for example, extends visual space and shows off special tile work if you so splurged. Pedestal sinks and wall-hung toilets are also smart choices. Find out more money and space savers in a small bathroom.
And speaking of special tile work, here are a few ideas that take tile beyond the traditional designs into works of art, whether you use ceramic, porcelain, stone or glass tile , the basics of which we detail.
There are actually a multitude of options when it comes to this tile flooring. Vinyl, bamboo, cork and even carpet are also among the options. Modern modular carpet actually has an antimicrobial backing that inhibits mold growth, and it comes in a variety of solids, patterns and colors. Understand which tile types work best in bathrooms.
Kitchen Makeover Ideas
Kitchens are another room in the home where you may have to make smart design choices because of limited square footage. We offer tips on how to do exactly that, such as using clean lines to more room both visually and physically: Choose streamlined cabinetry and appliances, plus consider open shelving up top. Get more design tips for small kitchens.
If you can't decide whether to reface or replace cabinetry, consider certain factors to make the choice. For example, refacing costs significantly less as you keep the boxes, the removal and replacement of which adds to the bottom line of your kitchen remodel project. If taking this route, you also will find tips on choosing the right hardware for your cabinets in addition to how to answer the refacing vs. replacing kitchen cabinets question.
We offer other money-saving tips for a kitchen remodel project, such as keeping existing walls where they are and using paint as well as window treatments to make a big impact. Perhaps you don't do a full remodel all at once but instead tackle the room in stages, starting with a makeover. Get more kitchen remodel budget ideas.
Finally, if you are stuck in the inspiration phase of your remodeling project, check out these excellent ideas and photos for storage, sink selection and more. For example, you might not think you have room for a kitchen island, but factoring in the additional storage it allows underneath and the counter space it adds, it may be worth giving up a floor area. Find inspiration for your kitchen remodel.