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One of the first do-it-yourself projects we attempted was installing ceiling tiles over a less-than-lovely drywall ceiling pockmarked with small cracks. We were amazed at how that improvement added warmth and style to an otherwise ordinary room. It’s no surprise that the ceiling is often considered the fifth wall of a room by designers because today there are so many patterns that can create eye-popping appeal.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care — but whose is whose? If you're looking for a way to label your family's Christmas stockings …

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Walking into a bathroom that’s serene, beautiful, well-organized and just the way you like it is a great way to start the day — so it’s no wonder that many of us have redecorating the bathroom on our list of to-dos. So what’s stopping us? Budget, for the most part. Bathroom renovations can be expensive. Make the redesign work hard for your money with these budget-friendly tips.

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Backsplashes have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Once installed only to protect walls from water, grease and food splatter, the original backsplashes were just four inches high…

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Q: I’m thinking of buying a house that has a crawlspace. The foundation is in very bad shape. While the house looks quite bad, it’s got good bones. Is it possible to completely remove a bad foundation and install a new, taller one? What’s involved? Who does this type of work? What would you make sure gets done if you’re going to all this work? —Hanna S., Hartford, Conn.

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Q: I’m thinking of buying a house that has a crawlspace. The foundation is in very bad shape. While the house looks quite bad, it’s got good bones. Is it possible to completely remove a bad foundation and install a new, taller one? What’s involved? Who does this type of work? What would you make sure gets done if you’re going to all this work? —Hanna S., Hartford, Conn.

Final touches are being made on the Gretna High School stadium expansion, as an expansion of the high school building gets underway.

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You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Often it’s said in frustration when a newer product fails long before you think it should. If I were a teacher at a vocational school dedicated to building things, I’d divide my senior class into “old” and “new” teams and make them research the topic for a debate.

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The thought of breaking apart an ugly old cement patio can be daunting, time-consuming and costly, but an alternative that’s easier is to cover it with composite prefinished deck tiles. The deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface; it’s OK if it is weathered with stains, cracks and scars, but it must be flat and level so the deck tiles have a sound surface beneath them.

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Q: I made a mistake and discovered your detailed floor grouting video series a bit too late. I should have watched them before I started my job, but what’s done is done. Five hours ago, I grouted my bathroom, and the color of the grout is not what I want it to be. It doesn’t match the color stripe on the bag. I think I see efflorescence on the edges of the grout where the color of the grout is whitish. What did I do wrong? What can I do to get the grout to the color I want? How can you get a perfect color match when doing tile grout? —Michael B., Quebec, Canada

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Q: What do you think about a pebble stone shower floor? I’ve been seeing these for years and wonder if I’d like it in my new shower? Are they durable? My smallish feet are sensitive when I walk on gravel and I wonder if I’ll be in pain when I’m in the shower. Are these floors hard to install? I’m also worried about all the grout to clean. There seems to be so much grout in these floors! Have you experienced these yourself? What would you do to keep the grout looking like new? —Ruth H., Erie, Pa.

Dear Heloise:We all admire the doctors and nurses who have been on the front lines of this coronavirus, as well as the paramedics, police and …

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Even in a small bathroom you'll see a dramatic change by installing ceramic tile over an old vinyl floor. The array of sizes, shapes and colors of ceramic floor tile is dazzling, and the material creates a long-lasting surface that's easy to clean and maintain. While it may be tempting to not remove the toilet and vanity before laying the tile, you'll get the most...

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This is not your grandma's boring linoleum kitchen floor with washed out speckles and drab colors. Today's linoleum is light years away from that material and creates a stylish and easy-to-install, no-glue, click-in-place floating floor. Environment-conscious homeowners are choosing linoleum because it's made from natural, renewable ingredients and...

If your kitchen has a dated look and you want to do something about it, think about changing your back-splash or painting the "fifth wall" (yo…

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If your kitchen has a dated look and you want to do something about it, think about changing your backsplash or painting the “fifth wall” (you…

Two good reasons to have a mudroom: The first is to keep outdoor elements like dirt, sand and dripping rain from mingling with the rest of the…

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