November starts tomorrow. Take a look at

November starts tomorrow. Take a look at the 8 items to clean and inspect in your home this month

Age Proofing a Home bathroom remodeling

Swap a Bathtub for a Shower

A few years ago we saw a new shower receptor unit from Sterling Plumbing that seemed right on the mark for many homeowners wanting to replace a bathtub with a shower, a popular switch for aging Boomers who want to stay in their home. For empty nesters with two bathrooms one bathtub is enough, what’s needed is the convenience and safety of a walk-in shower stall. The new receptor unit lets you use the same 5-foot tub alcove so it’s not a major remodeling project. You remove the tub and replace it with the receptor that comes in both left-or-right drain configurations depending on the location of the plumbing line. It’s installed directly into the wall studs at the subfloor. To complete the project, install tile or a solid surface on the three surrounding walls to create a comfortable walk-in shower.

A plumber will charge $2,782 to remove the old bathtub and fixtures and install a new receptor, wall surfaces. If you have experience with plumbing projects, you can dismantle and remove the old bathtub and fixtures, and buy the receptor wall surround kit for $925 and install it. Here’s the cost analysis for this job Convert a tub to a shower.

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Real Life DIY Decorating

www.diyornot.comOne of the most important things I’ve learned about decorating a home has little to do with color and design, it has everything to do with knowing how you and everyone in the house will use a room. A family room with little tots and a big dog is going to require kid-friendly furnishings compared with an empty nester’s place. After a practical assessment think about the look and feel you want your home to convey. If you can stay focused on how a room will be used and how you want it to look you’ll be able to translate your ideas into action, whether you’re doing all the work yourself or hiring a designer.

Speaking of designers one of the best places to inspire you is where you’ll see a large selection of real rooms submitted by designers and homeowners. Sure, you can peruse magazines to look for ideas and clip and save the pages, but the online world makes it so easy to look at hundreds of rooms in a myriad of colors and furniture styles. Click on the Idea Book and you’ll be overwhelmed with ideas and solutions – whether it’s a problem window or not-so-perfect wall surfaces – from designers. It’s a great resource for homeowners who want to avoid spending money on decorating and furnishings they really won’t like. And speaking of spending money on home improvements, we hope you’ll stop by our site when you want to compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor. You’ll find a cost analysis for hundreds of home improvement projects from adding attic stairs to finishing basement support columns. And our mobile site comes in handy when you’re looking for a quick hit of DIY information on your smartphone.