Soundproofing can be endless game of trial and error. It doesn't need to be. There are some simple, basic steps you can take for quick soundproofing. For those willing to go the extra mile, there are additional measures that can be taken. Read this short article for all the best tips.
If decorating your home with a nature-inspired look, you may want to incorporate centerpieces that feature earthiness, with stones and greenery. Table decorations made from grass and river rock are easy to find or make, and add tranquility to a room.
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The conversion can be achieved directly, by photovoltaics, or indirectly, using a variety of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. By the year 2050, 69 percent of America's electricity could be provided by solar energy, says Ken Zwe
A gutter guard provides an important function to prevent the build-up of debris in a gutter that stops the free flow of water to the downpipe. Damage caused by blocked gutters includes peeling wall paint and erosion of the wall surface, as well as cracking foundations due to continual water penetrat
Glass tile is a colorful addition to any kitchen. When used as a back splash it can add character and charm to the room. Pair colorful glass tile with white counters to add a splash of bright color or match the other vivid colors in your kitchen. Glass tile comes in a range of colors and sizes. The
An above-ground pool can be a great way to spend a summer with family and friends. Sometimes, it can be a blessing on a hot day. However, after awhile, it can be an eye sore and a pain to deal with--especially when full. Getting water out of an above ground pool can be a task and a labor. However, i
Formica is a popular brand of laminate, used in many places and especially suited for kitchen countertops. The laminate is applied to the countertop with contact cement, a form of self-binding glue. Because it sets so quickly, you have to make sure each entire piece of laminate is properly positione
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification is awarded to buildings constructed to have limited negative effects on the environment, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Log home owners may want to hang drywall in some rooms to alleviate "log" overload. Installing drywall makes the rooms look larger and more bright. In addition, drywall allows you to hang pictures, wall sconces and mirrors on a smooth surface. Adding drywall to a log home is not unlike hanging drywa
On a home's siding, the biggest challenge is weather proofing the connections. Tongue and groove joints solve this issue, and they make installation easy. Vinyl siding can have them, but they're usually associated with wood. The style of tongue and groove siding determines your home's...
Lumber of 3/4-inch thickness is often used as basic trim and moulding.a man marking cut line on lumber image by palms from Fotolia.comWood trim and moulding hide the gaps between different materials and make a style statement. Wide, ornate trim pieces might help define a Victorian-era...
Building backyard storage sheds is a popular DIY project. There are numerous resources available to help people build sheds. Deciding upon shed plans can be a time consuming and confusing task. The entire process is simpler when you know what type of shed you want and you know (and acknowledge) you
Adding or replacing the shelves in your pantry makes for a great introduction to the world of do-it-yourself home projects. Shelves themselves have a simple structure, so the project isn't intimidating. Better yet, your pantry is a nonpublic storage area. If you make some small cosmetic mistakes, yo
A sunroom works well with almost any home. This space can provide room for family activities, dining, watching TV or entertaining guests. Sliding windows will allow the homeowner to regulate the temperature more easily on extremely sunny days. Regardless of how well insulated a sunroom is, it can ov
Porcelain is a finer, harder and more expensive version of ceramic. Like ceramic, it's a good choice for floors in kitchens and bathrooms because it holds up well to heat and moisture, as long as you buy the tiles fully sealed. Like all floor tiling projects, you will start tiling in the center of t
Morton Buildings are known for their quality post-frame construction. Having started out as a fence company in 1903, the transition to building using post frames was a natural step over the next half century. Since the company devoted most of its focus on providing for the needs of the agricultural
An old varnish or shellac floor that's losing its finish looks bad, and that damaged finish can allow moisture to get into the structure of the floor and cause bigger problems. You can reseal with more varnish or shellac, but most refinishers today prefer polyurethane, which dries faster and harder
When a wood floor shows signs of swelling, it either has been directly damaged by water or has been exposed to high humidity. If a floor has been severely damaged by water, it will probably have to be replaced. A floor that is swollen because of humidity, however, can often be fixed with a few relat
A load-bearing wall supports whatever is located above it. In two-story homes, the ground level has many load-bearing walls that help support the second floor. While you can knock down load-bearing walls during a renovation project, the process isn't just as simple as removing the wall and cleaning