Home Remodeling – Essential Knowledge

Remodeling for Life




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Table of contents

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Ch 3: Universal Design

Universal Methods of Design

National Association of Home Builders

Design for All

Population Reference Bureau

The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities

Ch 4: Aging in Place & Checklist

Brightech LightView Pro LED Magnifying Floor Lamp

Solar tubes

Shower Tower

Ch 6: Design Elements & Principles

The Foundations of Enduring Spaces

Ch 7: Color in Design

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors

Ch 8: Color in Culture

Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

Ch 9: Room Color and Mood


Color and increases in blood pressure and metabolism

Color Psychology

How colors affect us

Psychology of colors

Color preferences

Color psychology


Smart home

Freelance work




Two-Person Desk

Freestanding Pantry

Delta Bidet Toilet Seat

Charmingwater Bathroom Sink Faucet


Ch 11: Fad vs Trend

David Kaihoi

Ch 12: Feng Shui for the Home

Modern science



Ch 13: Remodel Overview & Checklist

Remodeling organizer binder



Ch 14: Finding Inspiration & Materials


The Spruce

Design Sponge

Offbeat Home

Design to Inspire





Home Depot and Lowe’s

HomeAdvisor and Angi

RTA Store

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Amazon, Walmart, Wayfair, and Overstock

Green Building Supply

eFloors, Flooring Liquidators, Flooring4Less, and LLFlooring (formerly Lumber Liquidators)

Tiles Direct, Artistic Tile, and Builder Depot

Ch 15: Interior Lighting


Designing With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design

Ch 16: Smart Home Technology

Best Buy Total Tech

Ring security system


USB-C wall outlets

Smart fabrics

Ch 17: Flooring Material

Slip resistance

Ch 19: Integrated Countertop & Sink

Fresca 30” White Integrated Sink/Countertop; Fresca Livello 30” integrated Sink/Countertop

Ch 20: Pets

American Veterinary Medical Association

Water Fountain

Window seat


Fencing Products

Pet Doors; Dog House.

Ch 21: 37 Remodel Mistakes


Project Planning binder

Lead paint

Ch 22: Hidden Remodeling Costs

Remodeling Costs – Complete House Renovation Guide

Ch 23: Financing Options

How to Be Handy

Home equity loans

HELOC lenders

Cash-out refi lenders

HUD varies by region

Lender search page

Energy Star

Personal loans

Zero percent interest cards

Eldercare Locator

Benefits Check-Up

VA Home Loans Program

Direct Home Loan

Ch 24: Loan Broker or Direct Lender

Technical difference (Deed of Trust vs Mortgage)

Quicken Loans, LoanDepot, Rocket Mortgage

Find a Mortgage Broker

Ch 25: Working with Professionals




National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Association of Homebuilders

Project Binder

Ch 27: Kitchen Overview & Checklist

Remodeling planner

Halogen Range

Houzz and Pinterest


Project Binder

Ch 28: Kitchen Layout

University of Illinois

Kitchen & Bath Crate

Remodeling Planner

Voice-Activated Faucets

Multicooker (wet) and Foodi (dry)

Ch 30: Kitchens for the Elderly

Administration on Aging


Medical Care Alert


Red Cross


Pull-out Racks

Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Drawers

“D” shaped handles

RTA cabinets

Hands-free pull-down spray faucet; Lever-operated faucets

Stick-on motion-sensing lights

Step stool with support handles

Ch 32: 20 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

RTA cabinet companies

Universal Design

Ch 34: Kitchen Islands

National Association of Home Builders



LUMISOL Kitchen Island Cart

Homestyles Monarch Kitchen Island


Ch 35: Kitchen Cabinets

RTA cabinets

RTA Cabinet Store


Ch 36: Kitchen Sinks

Kraus Standard PRO; Stainless Steel-Bokaiya; Kraus Undermount 60/40

Kraus Bar Prep Sink; Ruvati Bar Prep Sink

Ch 37: Kitchen Faucets

Peerless Claymore Wall Mount; FLWUEUE High Arc Wall Mount

Moen Deck Mount; Arofa Pull-Down Deck Mount

ARRISEA Touchless Faucet; Delta Touch Kitchen Faucet

LEPO Pot Filler Faucet; American Standard

Delta Bar Faucet; Peerless Bar-Prep Faucet

Moen Deck Mounted Soap Dispenser; PlumBoss Soap Dispenser

Ch 38: Dishwashers

Bosch Full Console Dishwasher; GE Profile 24″ Dishwasher

Fisher Paykel Full Console Dishwasher; Fisher Paykel 24″ Drawer Dishwasher

Ch 39: Refrigerators

ZLINE Panel Ready Built-In 3-Door French Door Refrigerator;

ZLINE 36″ Freestanding Refrigerator

Bosch Counter Depth Refrigerator

Summit ADA Compliant Built-in Undercounter Refrigerator-Freezer

National Kitchen and Bath Association

Ch 40: Wine Fridges

Antarctic Star 24 Bottle Wine Refrigerator; Kalamera Built-in Wine Refrigerator

Koolatron 24 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Fridge;

Ivation 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Chiller

Ch 41: Cooktops & Ranges


COSMO Slide-in Gas Range; Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range

The TRUTH About Induction Cooking

Rangehood fire suppressor

Frigidaire Induction Cooktop; GE Induction Cooktop

Frigidaire Electric Cooktop

Reasons: Induction Cooktops

Frigidaire Gas Cooktop; Hotfield 30 Inch Gas Cooktop

THOR Rangetop; ZLINE 36 in. Rangetop

Cerama Bryte; Weimans; Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner Aerosol


Silicone Fiberglass Induction Cooktop Mats

Ch 42: Range Hoods

Home Ventilating Institute

COSMO Under Cabinet Range Hood; Broan-NuTone Ductless Range Hood for Under Cabinet

COSMO Wall Mount Range Hood; IKTCH 30-inch Wall Mount Range Hood

IKTCH Built-in/Insert Range Hood; 30-inch Range Hood Insert/Built-in

COSMO Island Range Hood

Zephyr Downdraft Range Hood; Broan Downdraft Ventilation System

Decorative Molding Range Hood; Embossed Copper Range Hood

Embossed Copper Range Hood

Rangehood fire suppressor;  fire extinguisher

Ch 43: Oven Selection

COSMO Slide-in Gas Range; Frigidaire Electric Range

COSMO Electric Double Wall Oven; Frigidaire Electric Double Wall Oven

Empava 30 in. Electric Single Wall Oven; Empava Gas Wall Oven

Cafe Single Electric Oven

Ch 44: Microwave Oven Selection

Faraday cages

Radiation: Microwave ovens

BLACK+DECKER Digital Microwave; TOSHIBA Countertop Microwave

FRIGIDAIRE Over the Range; BLACK+DECKER Over the Range

COSMO Built-in Microwave; Frigidaire Built-in Microwave

Samsung Combination Wall Oven

Ch 45: Drawer Microwave Ovens

Sharp Microwave Drawer; COSMO Microwave Drawer

Ch 46: Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens

National Kitchen and Bath Association

FRIGIDAIRE Over the Range; BLACK+DECKER Over the Range

Ch 47: Countertop Microwave Ovens


Cerama Bryte Appliance Cleaner

BLACK+DECKER Digital Microwave; TOSHIBA Countertop Microwave

Ch 48: Built-in Microwave Ovens

Trim kit

COSMO Built-in Microwave; Frigidaire Built-in Microwave

Ch 50: Bathroom Overview & Checklist

Remodeling Organizer Binder

Houzz and Pinterest

Project Binder

Ch 51: Bathroom Remodel Layout

International Residential Code (IRC)

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

Remodeling Planner

Moen Aromatherapy Handshower

Musical showerhead

Toto Washlet


Comfort height toilet

American Standard Pedestal Sink

Fiore Undermount Sink

Virtu Double Sink Bathroom Vanity

Bonnio Smart Bathroom Mirror

Ch 53: Bathrooms for the Elderly

National Council on Aging

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ADA Reference material

CleanCut Convertible Bathtub Accessibility Kit

VXV Dual Showerhead Combo

Novalinea Recessed Shower Niche

Kohler Comfort Height Toilet

Toto Washlet

Radiant Sauna

Ch 54: Bathrooms on the Cheap

Bathroom remodeling costs

Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and CraigsList

Bathroom Vanity and Sink

Countertop alternatives

Porcelain touch-up

Tub refinishing


DreamLine Cornerview Shower Enclosure


Fox Wall Niche

Tile refinishing

24 pcs Peel & Stick Backsplash Tile Stickers

Tribesigns Bookshelf

Sunco Lighting Smart Bulbs

Ch 56: 36 Bathroom Remodel Mistakes

Real estate market


Ch 58: Bathroom Vanity

UrbanFurnishing.net – Single Sink Vanity

LED Lighted Bathroom Vanity Sink Combo

Double Sink Bathroom Vanity Set

ARIEL Bathroom Vanity w/ Quartz Countertop

Wall Hung (Floating) Double Vanity

Ch 59: Bathroom Vanity Sink

Aquaterior Drop-In Bathroom Sink; American Standard Countertop Sink; Sinkology Copper Bath Sink

White Undermount Bathroom Sink; American Standard Undermount Sink; Copper Undermount Sink

KOHLER Integrated Bathroom Sink; Double Integrated Bathroom Sink

SHACO Wall Mounted Bathroom Sink; Scarabeo Wall Mounted Bathroom Sink

Pedestal Bathroom Sink; Pedestal Bathroom Sink

Artistic Glass Bathroom Bowl Basin; Round Glass Vessel Sink

Ch 60: Bathroom Faucets

Single Handle Waterfall Bathroom Faucet; Double Handle Bathroom Faucet

Single Hole Touchless Bathroom Faucet; Hands-Free Bathroom Faucet

Wowkk Waterfall Tub Faucet

Ch 61: Toilets

Comfort height toilet; Kohler Comfort Height Toilet; Two-piece Comfort Height Toilet; Single-piece Comfort Height Toilet

Wall Hung Toilet; Wall Hung Toilet Showing Installation

Squatty Potty Toilet Stool; Bamboo Toilet Stool

Ch 62: Bidets

TOTO Piedmont Bidet 

Woodbridge; HOROW Smart Toilet

Veken Bidet Attachment for Toilet; Brondell Bidet Toilet Bidet

Ch 63: Bidet – Background & Benefits

Tissue paper consumption

Ch 64: Bidet Toilet Combo

Woodbridge Smart Toilet; HOROW Smart Toilet

Smart Integrated Bidet/Toilet; Toto Washlet; Veken Bidet Attachment for Toilet; Brondell Bidet Toilet Bidet; Luxe Bidet Neo Toilet Attachment; TOTO Electronic Bidet Toilet

Ch 65: Bathroom Safety Grab Bars

International Code Council on Building Safety

Suction Grab Bars; Anti-slip Grab Bars; Floor to Ceiling Vertical Grab Bar; Tub & Shower Safety Rail; Angled Grab Bar; Fold Away Grab Bar; Handicap Grab Bar; Flip-up Grab Bar; Curve Grab Bar

Ch 66: Bathroom Sower

Wetwall System

Transfer Bench; Shower Chair Bath Seat

Semi-Frameless Enclosure; Corner Shower Enclosure

CleanCut Convertible Bathtub Accessibility Kit; Bathtub Accessibility Kit; Convertible Accessibility Kit

Bathroom Body Dryer; VALIRYO Full Body Dryer

Ch 67: Shower Heads

Dual Rain & Handheld Shower Head; Rainfall Shower Combo; Rain Mixer Shower ComboSet

Full Body Shower System; Shower Tower

VXV Dual Showerhead Combo

Ch 68: Soaking Tubs

Bathtub Safety Rail; Empava Walk-in Bathtub; Air/Hydro Walk-In Bathtub;

Ch 69: Air Tub vs Jetted Tub

Tax-deductible as a medical expense

2-Person Hydromassage Tub; Whirlpool Bathtub; Air and Hydro Massage Tub; Hydro Massage with Heated Seat; Laydown Air Massage Walk-In Tub with Shower Screen

Ch 70: Home Spa

Waon therapy, and Turkish bath

Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing

Mayo Clinic


Personal Halotherapy Machine

National Institutes of Health; Neurology; Oxford Academic; Mayo Clinic; Mayo Clinic on Older Men; Cognition

Ch 71: Indoor Sauna


Radiant Sauna; Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing; 4-Person FAR Sauna; 2-Person FAR Sauna; 2-Person Wet or Dry Sauna; 4-Person Wet or Dry Sauna; Infrared Home Spa Sauna; Full Size Portable Infrared Home Spa

Ch 72: Steam Shower

EliteSteam Shower Generator Kit; Steam Generator Shower System; Steam Shower Enclosure; Mesa Steam Shower

Ch 73: Living Room


Ch 74: Fireplaces

Value of Housing Characteristics

Profile of Buyers’ Home Features Preferences

Psychology of fireplaces

Antarctic Star Electric Fireplace (various widths); Ignis Recessed Wall Ventless Bio Ethanol Fireplace 

Napoleon Clearion (Electric); Paramount FreeStanding / Built-In Ethanol Fuel Fireplace; The ProCom Peninsula Electric Fireplace 

Ch 75: Living Room Feng Shui


Quiet the mind

Ch 76: The Laundry Room

Front Load Laundry Pair; KoolMore Large Capacity Washer + Dryer Bundle; Washer Dryer Combo


Rolling Laundry Sorter

Wall Ironing Board Cabinet with Ironing Board

Steammaster Steam Iron

Ch 77: Washers & Dryers

KoolMore Large Capacity Washer + Dryer Bundle 

Washer Dryer Combo

Washing Machine Pedestal

Ch 78: Bedroom Design

Loft bed & desk

Ch 79: Bedroom Feng Shui

Situational awareness

Ch 80: Home Office Design


Prefab granny flat

Murphy bed


3-Color Mode Desktop Lamp

Forbes; OfficeMax

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Battery Backup Surge Protector


Standing Desk Converter: Standing Desk Balance Board

Ergonomic Mesh Chair

Productivity; State positive affect

Gimars Memory Foam Set

Water bottle

Ch 81: Home Office Feng Shui


Ch 82: Backyard Granny house/ADU

Accessory dwellings

Boxabl.com; Better Living, Express, Elder Cottages, and Evernest


Pratt Homes

Small home plans

Ch 83: Yard & Garden Remodel

Sunroom or Conservatory

Garden Water Fountain 

Propane Firepit Table; Wood-Burning Chiminea

Outdoor Kitchens

Glass Pedestal Birdbath; Bird Bath Water Refill Kit

Ch 84: Garden Feng Shui

Pottery Barn

Bird attractive


Pollinator selection

Ch 86: The Healthy Home


Explaining leaks

Moen Smart Water Monitor

Moisture Meter

Air duct cleaning

United States radon

Ch 87: Air Quality in the Home

Environmental Protection Agency report

HomeAdvisor info

VOC and Mold Test; Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor

Carbon Monoxide Detector; Radon Test Kit for Home; Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor

Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction

MERV 13 Optimal Filter

EPA – ductwork cleaning

hOmeLabs 1,500 Sq. Ft Dehumidifier; Govee Hygrometer Thermometer

Alexa Compatible HEPA Air Filter; hOmeLabs HEPA Filter; AIRMEGA 400S Smarter Purifier

Mold article

EPA on fragrances

Non-toxic cleaning products

Essential oils

NASA study

12-Hour Natural Beeswax Candles; Himalayan Salt Lamp

Natural pesticides

Ch 88: Indoor Air Quality & VOCs

Awair Air Quality Monitor

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor

Greenguard Certification

AIRMEGA 400S Smarter Purifier

Ch 89: Aromatherapy

Innogear Essential Oil Diffuser; Pure Daily Care Diffuser; Asakuki Diffuser; Shower Bombs; Aromatherapy Bracelet

Science behind aromatherapy

High in antioxidants; ORAC test

Bruce Tainio; Human body frequency; Entrainment; Brainwave entrainment

Chi or Qi; Frequency-vibration phenomenon

Science of aromatherapy; recognized school of aromatherapy

American College of Healthcare Sciences

Holy Basil; Bergamot; Chamomile; Clary Sage; Lavender; Lemon; Lemon Balm-Melissa; Neroli; Rose Absolute; Sandalwood; Sweet Orange; Ylang Ylang

National Cancer Institute; antidepressant effect; study from 2013; 2017 review; 2015 review; 2016 study; Article -anti-stress; Neroli; sedative effect; ease stress; study; aromatherapy safety; Science Direct; University of Michigan Medical School

Ch 90: Water Filtration System

Treatment process; Violations; Consumer Confidence Reports; Example

Well testing recommendation

Water Testing Kit; Lab info; NSF International

Adsorption vs absorption

Insulated Filtered Water Bottle; Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher; Whole House Water Filtration System; APEC RO Water Filter System; APEC Top Tier RO System

H2O Doctors

Whirlpool Pro Softener/Whole Home Filter; Whirlpool Water Softener-NSF Certified

Ch 91: Circadian Rhythm Lighting

Immune system


Philips Hue Starter Kit; Philips SceneSwitch; Solar Tube

Ch 92: Reasons to Declutter

Mayo Clinic; UCLA; Prevention; Psychology Today; Marie Kondo

Ch 93: Decluttering Tips

Garage sales; Craigslist; OfferUp and LetGo (comparison

Ebay; Bonanza; eBid; eCrater; Etsy; ArtFire

Goodwill; Habitat for Humanity; The Arc; Salvation Army

Ch 94: Home Health Feng Shui

Chi; BTB; Prokeraia; Feng Shui Village; Gua number

Immune system

Ch 95: Zen Zones

Sensory immersion and Multisensory integration

Biophilic Design

Calm Within; Blackout Music Eyeshade

Zen Sand Garden; White noise generators; Chi Swing Machine

Ch 96: Home Gyms

Bowflex Blaze Home Gym; Powerline Functional Trainer; Wooden Swedish Ladder; Adjustable Dumbbells; Kettlebell Weight Set; MaxiClimber Vertical Climber; Yoga/Exercise Ball

Acoustic panelsinterlocking tile

Ch 97: Home Maintenance Checklist

Home components; HomeBinder

Sump pump; Fire extinguishers

How to bleed a radiator; Home heating boiler

Vent cleaning kit

Disposal care; Water heater flush

Refrigerator coils; Dishwasher cleaner

Dry lubricant

Garage door balance

Get rid of ice dams

Ch 98: Home Automation

Total Tech Support

Ch 99: Ch 98: Home Accident Prevention

Hinged Window Guard

Cushioned Kitchen Mat

Solar Tube

Electrical Outlet Covers; testing device

Edge Protector; Corner Guard

Comprehensive First Aid Kit; Baby Proofing Kit; baby monitor; Elder Monitor

Ch 100: Home Defense

Perimeter: Perimeter Sensor

Other: Solar Motion Lights; Solar Barn Light; Solar Landscape Lights; Glass Break/Vibration Detector

Cameras: Bullet cameras, dome cameras, PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras; Outdoor Motion Detector Camera; PTZ Solar/Battery Dome Camera

Self Defense: Stun Gun; Kubaton; Pepper Spray; Byrna Pepper Spray Launcher

Between The Studs Pistol Safe; Between the Studs Long Gun Safe; Gun Shelf with Trap Door; Biometric Handgun Safe

Door Security Bar;

Ch 101: Designing for Disaster

FEMA map

Mylar bags

My Patriot Supply; Emergency food

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