How to Cut Carpet

Quality carpets are built with a solid backing that must be carefully cut using a steady hand and the right equipment. Although this isn’t a difficult project, it does require a little research and preparation if you want to complete the job correctly. Need some help? Be sure to read the tips and tricks we’ve compiled below if you want to learn how to cut carpet properly. Then, grab a straightedge ruler, a marker, and a utility knife, and let’s get started!
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How to Restore a Flooded Basement

At the right time, a rainstorm can be relaxing and enchanting. It quenches the thirst of parched grass, creates a rhythmic song on windows and rooftops, and soothes summer heatwaves. However, in the wrong place and in the wrong amount, a rainstorm can be devastating, leading to flooded basements and damaged homes. If your basement has taken a long and not so enjoyable bath, scroll down to learn how to restore a flooded basement.

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How to Restore Old Cabinets

New homeowners often have sticker shock when they first learn the price of new kitchen cabinets. Although the cost of new cabinets varies greatly depending on the material, quantity, and type (stock vs. custom-made), cabinets are known to take up one-third to one-half of a total kitchen remodeling budget. If you’re flabbergasted by the cost of cabinets, we recommend that you try to work with what you’ve already got. If your cabinets are solid and strong, you might be able to restore them to their former glory. Scroll down to learn how to restore old cabinets.

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When to Replace Windows

Even if your windows are clear, it isn’t always clear when you should replace your windows. However, as your home ages, replacing or repairing your windows is crucial. Because your windows act as barriers between the interior of your home and the wild world outside, they can greatly affect your home’s energy efficiency. So if you want to lower your energy bills and increase your home’s value, be sure that you know when to replace windows, when to repair them, and when to leave them be.
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Tips for Restoring Old Homes

With some hard work, expert skill, and a big imagination, what’s old can become new again. So if you love an old home that’s not in the best condition, consider restoring it! Give it a facelift and restore it to its former glory. However, it’s important to realize that restorations can be tricky and even treacherous. When an amateur tears apart a home and replaces elements, they can damage the house, destroy its value, or both! So our first tip is to work with a restoration expert, someone who understands both the technical and the stylistic demands required. Once you have a skilled contractor on your side, check out the rest of our tips for restoring old homes . . .
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Basement Remodeling Tips

In most homes, the basement seems to function as one of three things: (1) an untapped resource filled with storage boxes and messes, (2) a utilitarian space used for laundry or exercise equipment, or (3) a beloved downstairs nook. If your basement most closely resembles #1, we urge you to consider finishing your basement and transforming it into a space that you can use and enjoy. Plus, a finished basement will add value to your home! Before you jump into your renovation plans, take some time to think about all of the space’s functions, needs, and details. Check out the basement remodeling tips we’ve compiled below for help.

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Which Wood Is Best for Cabinets?

Paint has its place, vinyl is cost-effective, and stainless steel shines with a modern gleam, but if you ask me, nothing beats wood when it comes to kitchen cabinetry. Rich, natural, durable, and timeless, you can’t go wrong with wood cabinets. The big question is: which wood should you choose? Oak? Maple? Hickory? Cherry? Birch? Pine? These are just a few of your many options, and so many features will vary depending on the wood you choose. The color of the cabinets, the grain, and the cost will all come into play, and of course you’ll need to choose a wood that’s available for the type of cabinet you want (stock, semi-custom, or custom-made). So which wood is best for cabinets? The decision is yours, but scroll down to learn a little more about the top contenders.

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Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Not to load on the pressure here, but choosing your kitchen cabinets is the single most important decor decision you’ll make in your kitchen. Don’t believe me? First, think about how much space the cabinets take up on both the lower and upper sections of the room. Second, think about the surface area and how the color and the material will affect the room’s overall style. Third, consider how important your cabinets’ functionality will be and how often they will be used. Finally, remember that cabinets tend to be quite pricey and are thus a huge investment. Counters are important too, of course, and never discount flooring or appliances, but cabinetry is truly the queen of the kitchen.
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Types of Glazing for Windows

Windows don’t get enough love, in my humble opinion. Not only do they fill our homes with glorious, natural light, but they also allow us to see the outdoors from the comfort of our living rooms, let in breezes on nice days, and use less electricity. But a window is a window is a window, right? Wrong! Although all windows utilize glass (or another transparent material) to let in light, there are many different types of glazing for windows. Some are quite expensive, while others are affordable. Some are energy-efficient and offer fantastic insulation, while others slack in the energy department but come with very pleasing price tags. Today we’re doing a quick run-through of some common types of window glazing, so that you can decide what will work best for your home.

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Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring

When it comes to hardwood flooring, do you want the real thing or an imitation? The answer may seem obvious, but before you answer, take a moment and check out the hardwood vs. laminate comparison we’ve compiled below. Hardwood is beautiful, pricey, and coveted, yes, but laminate isn’t just a shoddy copy of its more luxurious older brother. It has its own merits, as you’ll see below. To help you understand these two flooring options, today we’ll be listing out the pros and cons of each. Scroll down to learn more and decide for yourself who is the victor in this hardwood vs. laminate battle.
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