Architecture : Home & Garden
Teak wood, a popular choice for outdoor furniture, has a natural tendency to turn from a rich golden-brown to a pale, ashy color with time and weather. While some like the look of aged and weathered teak, others prefer the dark, original look, which can be restored by regularly sanding and oiling it
If you're finishing a basement, you will need to insulate it. Insulation can make the basement more comfortable and increase your home's energy efficiency. One type of insulation you can use in a basement is rigid foam insulation. This type of insulation is manufactured in sheets that are attached d
American Birch Plywood is availble in different finishes.construction ,measuring image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comAmerican Birch plywood, like other forms of plywood, is sold in four-foot by eight-foot sheets. It can be classified by grade,quality or finish and thickness. The most...
A house full of cats and dogs is an active and lively household. With so many furry creatures running around, the carpet can take a beating. When you are looking to purchase and install new carpeting there are several factors to consider if you have several pets. Keep these points in mind when choos
Measuring your existing counter tops or cabinets correctly ensures that you will purchase the right length of Formica to fit your kitchen. Formica sheets are 1/16 of an inch thick and are very pliable to fit to the front lip or roll on a counter top and also cover the backsplash at the rear. Formica
The standard way of laying out wall tiles is in a grid, by dividing the wall with intersecting vertical and horizontal lines. To install tiles in a diamond pattern, you just turn that grid diagonally. If the wall is perfectly square and the same length on all sides, you simply mark an X from corner
Modern hardwood flooring is usually installed with a special flooring stapler, which shoots the floor staples through the sides of the boards instead of the top, thus hiding them from view. You'll still have to top-nail the courses near the walls because there's not enough room there for the stapler
Water leaks can result in a lot of property damage and expensive repairs. Preventing those leaks is the best way to avoid a lot of hassle and expense. The basement is a common source of water leaks and there are numerous advantages to waterproofing your basement before leaks can occur.
Protecting wood columns from weather damage is necessary to extend their durability. All wood is vulnerable to the elements. Without its natural outer covering of bark, untreated lumber used for exterior construction will gradually disintegrate under the UV rays of the sun. When it rains, water will
Few decorative elements evoke Americana in business districts more than awnings. In fact, back in the 19th- and 20th centuries, awnings were so commonplace in large cities that shoppers could walk for full blocks by moving from one shopkeeper’s awning to the next, safely shielded from the sun,
Sometimes hasty construction can leave you with blemished walls that need some sort of covering. While not a task every person will want to undertake at the drop of a hat, installing tile on an uneven surface is possible if the proper steps are taken. A quality tile installation can go a long way to
Corrugated tin roofing is an old fashioned type of roofing. It offers a watertight seal and is coated with aluminum and zinc alloy. Tin roofing can also be covered with paint finishes. It is very similar in appearance to metal corrugated roofing. Tin roofing is more popular in foreign countries, but
The work of installing concrete backer board is the lion's share of physical labor in a DIY tile-flooring project. The prospect of leaving existing board in place after removing tile makes a do-it-yourselfer excited for good reason: using existing concrete backer board not only saves a lot of time b
You can create the perfect pizza at home using the right ingredients, a quality recipe and a pizza oven. Though a regular oven works fine for simple recipes, you must have a pizza oven to get restaurant-quality pizza taste. There are numerous types of pizza ovens on the market, but only a few are fo
Now that you have saved enough money, it's time to rid your home of that old carpet and replace it with new. Tearing out the carpet yourself will save you money. Use the money saved to upgrade the new carpet or use it for room accessories. To make things as simple as possible, gather your friends to
Inside corners are among the trickiest parts of a drywall project to get right. As a result, they are often places where you encounter problems later. If you get cracking seams in the corner, buckling tape or other problems, the only solution is to remove the tape and plaster and completely and re-d
Lazy Susans take their places on American dinner tables as places for condiments and spices, such as ketchup, salt and pepper. They come in both large and small sizes and are made of wood or plastic. When your table's Lazy Susan starts to look tired from wear and tear, recycle it for use elsewhere i
Refinish your countertops.the kitchen. image by guiney from Fotolia.comOne of the best ways to preserve your countertops is to refinish them when their surfaces become dull and worn. Refinishing is a process applied to many types of countertop surfaces. Whether your countertops are...
Wainscoting is paneling used on the bottom half of the wall and is common in country decor. Wainscoting can be a DIY weekend project, depending on how many rooms it's planned for. Call attention to the wainscoting by painting it a different color than the wall it's installed on. Consider using wains
Vinyl tiles are one of the easiest floor coverings to install, but to get the layout right you will need to make some careful measurements. When you lay tile on a floor, you normally divide the floor into quadrants and begin laying the tiles where these quadrants meet, but an island in the center of