Architecture : Home & Garden
Onyx is a natural stone material that's similar to marble in its unpredictable lines and porous surface. Its luminous, grained appearance makes it one of the prettiest kinds of tiles you can lay, but also requires some extra work. Onyx doesn't present a sealed, waterproof surface like glazed ceramic
Whether they adorn your floors or walls, ceramic tiles can be a beautiful décor decision for your home. However, broken or damage tiles will detract from the overall look of your home. Removing and replacing old or damaged tiles takes time and precision, but the effort will leave the walls and
A high school transcript is a detailed account of your grades throughout all four years of high school. You likely will need to get a high school transcript if you're applying to college. Some job applications also might require such a transcript. If you went to a high school in Dade County, Fla., t
Installing an exterior deadbolt on your door provides an added barrier to unwanted intruders. The installation does not require the use of many tools. Deadbolts come in two different cylinder types and most stores carry both types. A single cylinder deadbolt allows you to open the door from the insi
Construction loans are used to finance both residential and commercial construction projects. These loans help homeowners who wish to build a new house and provide funds for developers looking to build offices, stores and other structures. These loans are typically interest-only during the construct
A "pitch roof" isn't actually what everyone is asking for, from my understanding. It's not exactly a type. It's more of a measurement and angle. The roof pitch slope can tell you how many inches your roof rises for every 12 inches that it runs. You can also calculate rafters, from the bottom of the
Vinyl siding is an exterior finish product made from PVC and other plastic-based materials. It is known for its durability and strength, as well as its low-maintenance requirements. The Vytec Company is among the world's largest producers of vinyl siding products. Vytec siding offers easy installati
You can use moldings to add decoration and protection to the edges of windows, edges, floor and ceilings. When two pieces of molding come together, they need to be mitered in order to fit perfectly. With most forms of molding, this cut is fairly easy to figure out, but with molding for the ceiling,
Travertine tiles are filled with multiple holes.old gray stones causeway image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.comTravertine is a natural stone similar in composition to limestone. Travertine was formed deep inside hot springs; when the water evaporated from the stone it left behind multiple...
A kitchen island work area featuring a sink requires a sturdy cabinet. The cabinet will support the weight of a countertop, sink and other components. Build the cabinet to match other nearby cabinets or design it as a hybrid cabinet. For example, the island cabinet might be painted versus instead of
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the decay of uranium in soil. Radium is a product that comes from the decay of uranium, and the resultant gas is radon. Radon has no color or odor and is invisible. An increased incidence of lung cancer has been found in some people who experience c
Window design has come a long way. Window makers produce windows that are far superior to the old, simple, single-pane versions. With better sealing, two or more panes, optionally filled with gas or air, modern windows offer greatly decreased heat loss resulting in tamer heating bills. These windows
According to National Geographic Magazine, the use of solar energy in the U.S. has increased by 20 percent every year since 1995. The economy of solar-energy systems comes from their continued use over time, but the initial installation is expensive. However, some of the installation cost can be wr
Old linoleum can look dirty from heavy foot traffic and years of use. It's best to remove linoleum that no longer responds to cleaning or maintenance. To prevent future linoleum wear from occurring, give your flooring a weekly cleaning. Dirt and debris act as sandpaper that takes the finish off lin
Bamboo is one of the varieties of wood used to manufacture hardwood flooring planks. Like any type of hardwood flooring, when you install bamboo flooring planks, you should stagger the seams to provide the sturdiest and most durable floor. Since you install hardwood flooring planks row by row, begin
When choosing new appliances, there are many things you need to take into consideration. How much do you want to spend? What size and color? Do you want extra features? Are the appliances energy-efficient? All need to factor in to your decision on the right appliance for your home.
Refacing a fireplace with tiles can add a modern or more updated look that coordinates with your room. There are a number of different designs that can be used for inspiration. Visiting local tile suppliers can assist with inspiration and also provide assistance with your understanding of local code
Natural disasters can have severe effects on man-made structures.hurricane katrina image by jcpjr from Fotolia.comStructures in a man-made environment are engineered to a wide variety of specifications. Most components of a man-made environment hold up very well under mild or moderate...
Tack boards or tack strips lock carpet in place. Multiple hooks embedded in the top of the tack board grip into stretched carpet keeping the carpet taught. The tack boards grip the sub-floor with nails semi-embedded in the board. The types of tack board are standard and cement. The difference betwee