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home improvement - kitchen project Home improvement is a general term that includes remodeling, additions, and major repairs.  The most popular home improvement projects include room additions as well as kitchen, bathroom, and basement remodeling.  Because home improvements often add value to a home, many homeowners are willing to take out home equity loans to finance the cost of these improvements.

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Home improvement projects can be completed by trades professionals or by the homeowner.  If you have the skills needed for a particular task, doing it yourself will save you the cost of labor, and there is a lot of satisfaction in completing a home improvement project yourself.  If you are clueless with tools or don't have the necessary time, go the professional route.  It will save you a lot of headaches, and the work may get done more quickly and efficiently.  Combining the two approaches might work best for many people.  You might be a great painter and decorator, and can put on the finishing touches, even if you lack serious carpentry, plumbing, or electrical skills.

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Before starting a home improvement project, visit Home Sweet Home Improvement from the Federal Consumer Information Center, which features advice and guidance for those who are considering or planning to remodel their home.  Be sure to browse through the extensive resources listed below for information about home improvement solutions from selected suppliers.

  • Bathroom Design
    Bathroom designs, floor plans, and bathroom designer directory.
  • Bathroom Faucets
    Sink faucets, bath and shower faucets, and kitchen faucets.
  • Bathroom Fixtures
    Quality bathroom fixtures and bathroom accessories.
  • Cabinet Hardware
    Cabinet door hinges, cabinet door knobs, and decorative cabinet hardware.
  • Central Air Conditioning
    Find residential and commercial central air conditioning systems.
  • Crystal Chandeliers
    Crystal chandeliers, chandelier parts, chandelier manufacturers.
  • Flooring Types
    Find vinyl flooring, floor tile, and wood laminate and solid wood floors.
  • Gas Fireplaces
    Gas fireplace selection guide and fireplace supplier directory.
  • Home Improvement Loans
    Consumer guide to home improvement loans and home equity loans.
  • Home Offices
    Home office design, equipment, supplies, and accessories.
  • Home Security Systems
    Home security equipment, security cameras, and alarm systems.
  • Hot Water Heaters
    Tank-type and tankless hot water heaters from leading manufacturers.
  • Kitchen Cabinets
    Kitchen cabinet manufacturers and dealers, kitchen remodelers.
  • Kitchen Countertops
    Kitchen countertop manufacturers and installers, countertop materials.
  • Kitchen Remodeling
    Kitchen design and remodeling guide, with sample floor plans.
  • Lighting Fixtures
    Learn about lighting fixture styles, features, and designs.
  • Power Tool
    Cordless tools, woodworking tools, power tools and hand tools.
  • Prescreened Contractors
    Learn about local, customer-rated building trade professionals.
  • Residential Architects
    Find home architects and residential architecture resources.
  • Track Lighting
    Track lighting, recessed lighting, and downlighting fixtures.
  • Whirlpool Tubs
    Find leading whirlpool tub manufacturers and bathtub installers.

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