New tile is being installed in shower of a residential home that is being renovated  Two male tile installers are putting cement adhesive on the back of a natural stone tile that will be placed on the wall of the shower

Let’s be real: A fiberglass or acrylic shower surround doesn’t exactly scream modern. If this is your bathroom’s current situation, it might be time for a change. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to tile a shower — and take your bathroom from drab to fab in about a weekend’s worth of work.

stack of lumber leaning against a wall

According to the National Association of Home Builders, softwood lumber — the kind used in structural framing — has more than tripled in price over the past year. The increase has added almost $36,000 to the average price to build a new home, but it’s also impacting the price of home improvements, renovations and remodels.

A photo of a residential deck during the framing part of the construction phase

With so many potential benefits, deciding to build a deck may seem like a no-brainer. But is this a project you can tackle yourself, or is it one better fit for the pros? The information outlined here will give you a sense of the deck-building process.

contractors install a heavy granite stone countertop

Granite countertop installation is technically something you can do yourself, but it’s not some quick Saturday afternoon job you can take on after a jaunt to the hardware store. That said, if you have the right tools, you can make your granite dreams a reality. Here’s how to install granite countertops. 

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