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Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Good-looking countertops -- whether made of marble, limestone, or concrete -- create high-functioning bathrooms that spill over with style. These popular countertop materials are sure to inspire a bathroom remodel.

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Find Your Dream Backyard

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DIY Patio Ideas

Want to boost the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor spaces? Put one of these inspiring DIY patio ideas to work in your landscape.

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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

Does your fireplace need a facelift? Check out these 20 ideas for updating your fireplace with easy-to-apply embellishments and simple-to-make constructions.

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

The wow-factor of the Innovation Home starts with great curb appeal. See the eight things that make the home's exterior stand out.

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Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

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Carpet Calculator

Here's an easy way to calculate exactly how many square yards of carpeting you need.

Width of floor, in inches
Length of floor, in inches
Square yards of carpeting needed:

Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.

Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.

Helpful Information

The surest way to figure how much carpeting you need is to take a scale drawing of all the rooms to a dealer, who can determine the most efficient way to lay the carpeting. This calculator will help you make an initial estimate.

If you have multiple rooms to carpet, use this calculator to calculate carpeting for only one room, then use it again to calculate for other rooms.

A few tips: Carpeting is usually sold by the square yard, but some dealers give a square-foot price, as well. Most carpeting comes in rolls 9, 12, or 15 feet wide. When figuring carpet needs for oddly shaped floors or multiple rooms, the goal is to end up with as few seams as possible. (With some types of carpeting, seams are close to invisible; with other types, seams can be unsightly.) Many carpets have a pile that faces a certain direction; when joining two pieces together with a seam, it is important they both have the pile facing in the same direction. Seams should be placed in low-traffic areas whenever possible.

Laying a carpet is rarely a homeowner-friendly project. The tools and materials are not the problem -- they can be rented or bought. But if you are inexperienced, a professional will almost certainly install carpeting more tightly, with less visible seams, and in a small fraction of the time it would take you. Carpet installers sometimes get better prices on carpeting and padding than you can get, so doing it yourself likely won't save much money, either.


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