Planning a Remodeling Project

While the thought of it may seem overwhelming, remodeling your house can be an adventure in which the end result is the house of your dreams. However this adventure takes plenty of patience and preparation.

See how you can get started; check out the Angie's List Guide to Planning a Remodeling Project.

Common Remodeling Terms

Do you know a joist from a girder? Before you begin any remodeling project - especially one that requires structural changes - make sure you review this list of terms and definitions so you'll know what's what. It's time to read up on those Common Remodeling Terms.

Home Remodeling

Remodeling a home can be overwhelming at times.  Contacting and communicating with remodeling contractors, getting bids or estimates, managing logisitics and times, coordinating with multiple people both in the home and out can all take their toll.  It's important to plan ahead and get everything in writing to know when something is not right or off contract.  It's always good to talk with an interior design professional before starting a home remodel to ensure all goals or needs are met. Regardless if you are just doing a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel, it's good to know all of the ins-and-outs before starting so that no surprises come up.

Basement Remodeling

Basements don't have to be a dark and dingy place of despair. Why not construct the ultimate entertainment room, complete with a bar and home theater? And want to hear the best part? A finished basement will increase your home's value.

There are so many ways you can transform any basement into a liveable space; get started by reviewing the Angie's List Guide to Basement Remodeling.

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Home Automation & Entertainment Systems
Use NFC to pay for retail services, and use embedded tags on NFC-enabled devices to make your home smarter.
The Bernards had an extensive home-automation system installed. The system can be controlled by remote controls and control panels while they're at home, and via cell phone or computer when they're away.  (Photo by Photo by Ray Black III)
Home Automation & Entertainment Systems
Want to control the TV, stove or dryer in your home with a simple tap on the phone? Learn how NFC makes it easy.
An HD receiver for a 7-channel surround sound system. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Francis Hook)
Home Automation & Entertainment Systems
Surround sound installation costs an average of $624.
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TV Repair & ServicesHome Automation & Entertainment Systems
The cost to mount a TV averages $275. Most jobs range between $175 and $600.
Home Automation & Entertainment Systems
Some of those far-out gadgets are real!