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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Need to trace a circuit in your home without knocking holes in the wall? Consumers have a few handy tools available that can detect electrical current and match two ends of a wire without headaches.

By Rosalind Jackson & Talon Homer

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.

By Eleanor Duse

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.

By Richard Winter


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.

By Chris Marlowe

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.

By Jessica Brown

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.

By Josh Clark

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.

By Rosalind Jackson


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?

By Heather Kolich

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?

By Cristen Conger

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.

By Molly Edmonds

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.

By Molly Edmonds


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?

By Charles W. Bryant

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.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By Mary Wynn Ryan

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.