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10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some big changes to your home.

Estimating Software Technology

What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.


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10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $250

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $250 you can make some...


12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


How to Build a DIY Nightstand

Learn how to build your own custom nightstand using minimal tools and moderate woodworking skills.

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What to Know About Coping Trim

Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.


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Vintage Family Handyman Project from 1970: How to Build a Trash Compressor

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some projects from past issues, all the way back to our first...

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How to Build an Under-the-Stairs Storage Unit

Organized, easy-access storage — and lots of it!


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How to Resurface Your Fireplace

From dull and dated to modern masterpiece in one weekend.


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How to Build a Dynamic Accent Wall

Turn a blank wall into a showpiece that transforms the entire room!


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...

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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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How to Increase Storage Space In Your Bathroom

Turn unused bathroom space into a hidden yet functional cabinet. 


Sit or Stand: How to Make Your Own Adjustable DIY Desk

This customized DIY desk provides comfort whether you prefer sitting or standing.


How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.

How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

How to saw the hole, frame the opening and set a basement egress window


Install a New Stair Handrail

So strong it's kid-proof! We'll show you how to do it.


Tips for Creating Face Frame Cabinets

Building face frames is rewarding and not as difficult as you might think. Here’s some great tips and sound advice...


How to Install a Bow Window

How to frame a rough window opening, install a new window, trim out the interior and exterior around a new...


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Face Frame Cabinet Building Tips

Cabinet building advice from the Family Handyman pros


How to Build a Porch: Screen Porch Construction

Add an enclosed screen porch to your house using basic framing and deck building techniques.


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The ‘Secret’ Numbers For Cutting Crown Flat

Here is an easier, more precise method you can use to cut crown molding while it's flat on a miter...


How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

Minor tweaks make a major difference in the finished wall

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Fool-Proof Wall Framing Tips for New Construction

Learn how to frame a wall and avoid common framing errors with these pro tips on framing a wall.


Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs.


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7 Deck Building Tips from the Pros

Techniques for deck building, framing a deck, building stairs and railings and adding deck trim.


How to Fill Holes in Woodwork Around Your Home

Colored putty and marking pens hide woodwork flaws quickly and easily. Here we'll show you how to fill nail holes...


How to Build Window Cornices

Custom-build your own window cornices for one-fourth the price of store-bought


How to Instantly Remove Spray Foam Mistakes

Get rid of spray foam overspray with this cheap and simple trick.