Remodeling a home can be a daunting task, but you can do many remodeling projects yourself. Optimize your results and stay safe with the ideas and projects in these articles.

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Fact: Home improvements cost money. But some projects -- if done right -- can actually save you money in the long run.

Cutting porcelain sounds like a tough project, but the good news is that one well-chosen tile cutter could last you for the remainder of all your home improvement projects.

One of the most important factors to consider when buying or selling a house is square footage because it helps determine the market value and therefore the price of a home.

Installing a mantel can be as complicated as building one from scratch -- or as easy as buying a kit and attaching the new facade to the surrounding wall.

How can you find out where the wires in your house are -- without knocking holes in the walls? With a few tools and a little patience, you can figure it out by tracing your wiring.

The search for tranquility can sometimes seem never-ending. But your very own fountain can at least help you get a little peace, quiet and relaxation.

While decorative molding isn't an essential part of the building process, it has an important role in finishing off a room. It can add value to your home, and provide a more finished look.

If your home's attic is nothing more than wasted space, you may want to remodel it. Whether you need a home office, an extra bedroom or a studio space, your attic is full of possibilities.

There may come a time when you or a loved can't run up the stairs, step into a steaming bath or even walk in the front door. But there are some changes that can make your home accessible.

Is it greener to renovate a home or to build a new one from scratch? It depends on your individual situation, and each has its own advantages.

If you're under the assumption that any renovation will instantly boost the value of your home, you should think again. Some home improvements could actually decrease its worth.

Concrete is the bedrock of urban civilization. You drive on it, walk on it, park on it and probably work inside of it. Your house stands on it. And you no doubt hurt yourself on it as a kid. But did you ever imagine a concrete countertop?

Noise creeps between apartment walls, irritating you with muffled conversation, stifled instrumentals, even the TV. Is there any way to insulate your home from your neighbor's racket?

Imagine lifting up a secret door in the floor and sliding down to a concealed room below. Does this stuff only happen to Scooby-Doo and Harry Potter? Open the door and find out.

Do you refuse to throw away your books, piling them on every scrap of counter space? It may be time to organize those beloved books and create a home library.

You've had a long day at work and end your commute at a home that's hardly a castle. How can you turn that dingy kitchen into something fabulous on the cheap?

Small improvements in the kitchen can make a huge difference -- without costing lots of money. Use our clear instructions to laminate a countertop, build a pantry or spice rack, or install a roll-out shelf.

Americans who are remodeling their kitchen spend about 16 percent of their budget on labor. The rest is spent on materials, including cabinets, countertops, and flooring. If you're starting a kitchen remodeling project, read this guide.

Have you ever noticed that in most all homes, the entry doors open inward, but in most public buildings, the entry doors open outward. Why is this? Read this article to find out.

What is plywood? Why do people use it so much? What about oriented strand board (OSB)?

How does pressure-treated lumber work and can it be harmful to humans? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this helpful home improvement article.