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Is it possible to move a front door?

My family just moved into a new house and it's awkwardly laid out. We are planning on moving in another year or two and we want to fix up the house enough to profit from it, but to also make it as ...
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What solutions exist for opening and closing a window very high up?

We have a room with a high ceiling and a set of four windows. The windows start at about 7 feet. The person who lives in the room is not tall and currently has to use a ladder to open and close ...
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What's a good tool create a floorplan with? [closed]

My brother just moved into a new house, and it has quite a lot of rooms that we aren't entirely sure what to do with. As a result, I thought it'd be a good idea to create a floor plan that I can print ...
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What's the recommended order for completing these bathroom remodel tasks?

I realize that this question is similar to What is the order of tasks when refitting a bathroom? but since I have some different projects, I thought it would be appropriate to ask in a separate ...
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Planning for a Covered Deck in the UK

Do i need permission to build something like this in the UK? And do i need to follow any building regs? (I am not in a conservation area)
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How to build a sauna? [closed]

I would build my own DIY sauna, but I can't seem to find extensive information about it. Nor I can find plans to build one. How can I build one? My father has a lot of home building knowledge, but ...
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What are the differences between these types of small-dimension lumber?

I have a project that needs smaller lumber, 1x4s, 1x3s, and 2x2s. This project is rough carpentry just a garage shelf. I have built one example of this shelf already. I did it over a year ago and I ...
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Help translate terminology relating to concrete floor construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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How to learn home improvement for young adults? [duplicate]

I am 22, living with my parents. I plan to buy a house in the next 4 or 5 years. I want to learn more about home improvement so I can renovate my future house easily. My dad does renovations, but I ...
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Understand a floorplan of an apartment?

I have some questions about the above floor plan of a two-level apartment. On the second level, is the stair closer to the bigger bedroom or the smaller bedroom? How can you tell from the drawing? ...
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In the UK, what is the classification scheme for outbuildings such as sheds and garages?

As per title, I am building a large wooden shed with large enough doors to be ABLE to get a car in IF required, but not for permanent use a garage. Under UK planning laws there are slightly ...
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Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

UK Planning states that an outbuilding must remain below 2.5m in height, otherwise planning permission is required. My problem is that the ground is uneven, but the roof would be flat, so where do I ...
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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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Are most contractors capable of building any home?

I know very little about building homes. However, I have a vision of what I want my next home to be like. But when I look at the websites of local builders and contractors, it looks like they only ...
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Does it make sense to add an upstairs dormer in two phases?

We are planning to add an upstairs dormer to our 900-square-foot ranch (adding about 500 additional square feet). The entire project for us is very daunting and we don't yet have enough money to ...
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How to read this floor map scale?

I'm not an interior designer, but I'm going to do the home design myself. I don't know how to read the scale of this floor plan. I'm going to put this into a floor planner website and design, but I ...
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How to make a floor plan?

First, I'm not good with home improvement or anything too manual for that matter - I'm more of a computer geek. I am soon to move into a new empty apartment and I am going to go furniture/appliance ...
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What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?

I expect to be asking several more questions about this project; but I'm starting with a general one, and will get more refined as things develop. We are working on finishing our basement, which ...
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What's a good way to sharpen a carpenter's pencil, without buying a special sharpener?

I have a carpenter's pencil that's getting pretty blunt and I've realised I don't know how to sharpen it. How can I sharpen it without buying a special dedicated tool for it?
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Should I hire a structural engineer or an architect?

Our house is a standard 2-up 2-down terrace (well, end terrace) with the usual kitchen / bathroom extension on the back done many years ago. Beside the kitchen, in the gap between our kitchen and the ...
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How can I calculate the load capacity of a platform?

I'm planning to build a very basic bed frame, but I'm not sure what size lumber to use. I was thinking of building the entire thing from 2x4s (legs would be 4x4), but I'm not sure if this will be ...
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Where can I find plans for building a chicken coop?

I was hoping to build a chicken coupe for 3-4 chickens. Does anyone know where I can find some plans (preferably free) for building a decent chicken coop? It doesn't have to be the Taj Mahal, but I ...
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What voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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What is the standard distance between a table and a banquette?

We just moved into a new condo that has a small area (43"x120") off the kitchen that I am thinking of converting to a dining nook with a narrow table. Considering the dimensions, it seems ...
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Woodworking Plans for an Office Desk

I am looking to build a desk for my office (L-shaped), but I am rather new at woodworking. I have the tools, and this would be a long project, but have no idea where to start. Are there any good ...
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Looking for alternatives to AutoCad to make floorplans and interior elevations for my kitchen

I am looking to remodel my kitchen. I want to start with floorplans and inside elevations of the 4 walls, cabinets, and major appliances. I've been using LibreCAD because it supports Autocad 2000 ...
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What's the best/official way to draw a building's electrical system?

We are installing home automation systems, and we have serious problems with electricians. Short: they are stupid and lazy. So, we have to do something. There're some stories: We have a spreadsheet ...
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Should I hire an architect to design my house?

I am planning to build a house for my family. It's relatively simple and modest by modern American standards. I plan to do much of the work myself, and want to keep costs down. I have been working on ...
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Where can I find garage building plans?

If I wanted to build a detached garage/workshop, where can I find complete, detailed plans? I'd like to be able to estimate building cost from a materials list. I'm not certain what style I'd want, ...