Planning Your Remodeling Project

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Almost every home can benefit from a little remodeling. Newer houses, for instance, often have basement space that could be divided to provide rooms for separate activities and more efficient storage. Small, warrenlike rooms in older homes can be transformed into larger, more inviting spaces by rearranging or removing a wall or two. In addition, by remodeling you can adapt a home to meet the changing needs of your family or to correct design problems from previous poor planning or construction.

Projects in Planning

What You'll Find Here
Although remodeling can be as ambitious as creating new living space, simply replacing moldings can transform the character of a room. There's no need to live with the ordinary after you've learned how easy it is to create your own customized look.

This section of our website serves as your guide to home remodeling. Photos of completed jobs may help inspire you to begin your own project. Step-by-step instructions will show you exactly how to bring your project to successful completion.

Along the way, you'll gain valuable information on planning the job, on the tools and materials you'll need, and on the tricks and techniques that can make your work easier and faster. You'll discover the specifics of remodeling: demolition, framing walls, hanging and finishing drywall, installing doors and windows, and upgrading your house with moldings.

A Prestart Checklist for most projects lists the tools, materials, and skills involved. Each project has step-by-step directions to guide you along, plus tips to help you work easier and smarter.

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Three simple projects to cross off of your to-do list -- just print these instructions and begin!