Architecture : Home & Garden
When you soundproof a room, you make it so it's almost impossible for anyone to hear what happens in the room. This is an ideal scenario if you plan to create a studio or workout room in your home and don't want to disrupt the other members of your household. To complete this project, you need a num
Make the floors that connect to ceramic tile look professional when you follow these directions on how to attach ceramic tile to carpet. You can even repair existing mishaps when the carpet comes away from the tile. You'll end up with a professional transition from carpet to tile.
Find the perfect color to brighten your kitchen.kitchen image by Rich Johnson from Fotolia.comThe color of a kitchen can define the space. It can make a room appear smaller or more open; inviting or dreary. Because the kitchen is a usable space, there are many items that make or break...
Heat generated during welding can quickly cause a fire in wood frame buildings. To avoid turning a wood framed building into a pile of ash, be proactive and protect the combustible materials by using fire blankets, which are comprised of fire-resistant woven fiberglass used to contain spatter that a
Laminate is a durable material used in a variety of applications. In residential dwellings, It is used for floors and countertops. Normal use of laminate countertops, along with regular cleaning, can cause a laminate countertop to fade. Over time, the fading worsens from household cleaning product c
If your old ceiling tiles are looking a little worn or outdated, cover them up to give your ceiling a brand new look. Ceiling tiles are available in a wide variety of materials, but basic acoustic ceiling tiles became popular in the 1970s and 1980s because of how inexpensive they were....
Garden ponds add life and interest to a garden or backyard area, but pond pumps, filters and lighting require power to operate. Typically, pond equipment runs on electricity from the utility grid and must be plugged into an outlet, but this is not the only choice. Another option for backyard pond
After having the bathtub, shower or kitchen backsplash retiled, you need to protect your investment by sealing the grout and tile. Ideally, you should seal tile grout before you begin to use the tiled areas. The sealant prevents dirt and water from getting into the porous grout, prevents discolora
While properly maintained hardwood floors can last for generations, it is not always practical, or desirable to refurbish the existing floor. Desired changes, such as color and grain, require the installation of new flooring. While traditional hardwood floors cannot be laid one on top of another, ne
Using plates to decorate is a clever and versatile idea. Decorating with plates can bring family heirlooms out of storage or clear out some cupboard space in the kitchen. "Plates are a great way to add color to an otherwise neutral room." A lot of options are available for hanging plates on a wall
Installing a granite top on a vanity cabinet can provide a bathroom design with a clean, modern look. Granite vanity tops are durable, beautiful, and have the added benefit of being able to be used with an undermount sink. Installing a granite vanity top can be done after the sink and faucet have be
The overall performance of vacuum tube solar collectors depends on several factors. This type of collector has better insulation than other collectors, allowing better performance during cold months of the year. Performance alone, however, should not be the sole determinant in choosing the right sol
DIY sheet metal duct is the most common type of ductwork system that is installed for heating and cooling purposes. Like other materials used for duct, such as fiberglass panels and rigid foam boards, a sheet metal duct system offers a means of distributing treated air into spaces in residential, co
During their lifespan, exterior wood window sills experience a high degree of extreme weather exposure. When combined with the amount of energy transmission that occurs at a window, the window sill often requires more maintenance than other exterior home trim. Follow this simple procedure to restor
A sudden loss of water in a concrete pond means there's a crack somewhere. This can be caused by damage from freezing and thawing or by the settling of the ground underneath the pond, or even by an earthquake. If you've got a leak, most often it's necessary to drain the pond in order to inspect it.
Cutting glass, regardless of the technique, has its own dangers.broken glass image by Marek Chalupnik from Fotolia.comCutting glass can be a dangerous endeavor, as there are several hazards associated with it. Typically, those who cut glass for a living, such as window-makers, use a...
Woodwork adds charm and class to any space. Providing excellent storage, architectural detail and a sense of sophistication, built-in cupboards are a do-it-yourself project anyone with a basic knowledge of tools and building can tackle. Using ready made cabinets, available in many styles, makes it e
Gambrel roofs are familiar to most people as the distinctive shapes on the tops of barns. Early barn builders realized that, if they broke the plane of roof rafters and pushed them outward, they were left with far more room for storing hay on the second floor of a barn. The same applies to headroom
Fluorescent lights provide energy efficient bright white light to your kitchen. Modern fluorescent fixtures may be placed above dropped ceilings or flush-mounted to standard ceilings. A variety of acrylic panels are available to fit these fixtures. The panels diffuse the light and provide a uniform