DIY Home Improvement: Sample Resources

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OF SPECIAL INTEREST:   Closets, Garage, Kitchen, an Internet company for the kitchen and bath industry, offers a wealth kitchen design and remodeling information, in the formats of featured articles, slideshows, photo galleries, design boards, blogs, and more. You can see and learn about designer kitchens and how to finance kitchens. There are many designer photo galleries by style, e.g., traditional, luxury, transitional, country, contemporary, outdoor, and inspirational. One section shows common kitchen layouts. The site also features kitchens you can visit, new products and designs, an interactive kitchen guide, and home and kitchen styles. You can search for a designer by state and explore manufacturers' web sites. In addition, the site has an online shop. There are virtual tours and pictures and a place to request literature. You can sign up for the site's newsletter.

Ceramic Tiling: A How-to Photo Guide
A one-stop shopping site for all of your ceramic tile needs. Everything from do-it-yourself ceramic tile basics, installation techniques, ceramic tile design concepts, and ceramic tile maintenance information is offered. Photos enhance the simplicity of undertaking tiling. Personal tips provide additional dos and don'ts to assist home improvers with their ceramic tile questions. Links to product manufacturers are included for online ceramic tile shoppers.

How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit
Building a backyard fire pit is a relatively simple project that you can do yourself over a weekend. DIY Network gives you the information you need to build your own in easy to understand language. Images accompany the instructions, so you can tell at a glance whether you are on the right track. From digging the hole to placing the paving stones in a circle and staggering the pattern when add layers of stone over the fire pit, it's all covered. Check out the estimated time, budget and degree of difficulty before you start.

Insulating an Unfinished Attic
This web page takes you through step by step instructions on insulating an attic. Detailed diagrams and animation are provided, as well as guides to skill level and approximate time needed to complete tasks. The site also provides a list of tools and materials, as well as links to manufacturers.

World Floor Covering Association
Site features information about hard wood floors, laminates, ceramic tile, marble, stone, carpeting, resilient and area rugs. Includes how-to tips, estimated flooring tips, maintenance advice, and flooring basics. Press room provides floor covering professionals up-to-date information about the industry.

Check Out Roof Repair Articles
The website offers visitors a number of helpful articles on various topics, including safety concerns for new roofs, waterproofing, shingling and winterizing. Other articles in this section of the site include roof repair techniques for dealing with specific types of leaks and general maintenance. Simply click on the topic you want to learn more about to get started.

8 Backyard Fountains You Can Make Yourself
Don't let a lack of knowledge hold you back from creating your own peaceful space, right in your own back yard. When you visit this site, you get suggestions for creating an outdoor water fountain that will draw you in time and time again. Find out why having moving water as part of your design is a way to keep mosquitos at bay, where to position your pump in the design, and what size you will need to get the effect you are looking for. You will also get a couple of valuable suggestions for adding a bit of extra dash to your design efforts.

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