Most often when you think of home renovations you tend to think of contractors, roofing professionals, carpenters, and renovation experts. These are the professionals that are trained to take your home from current condition to renovated condition. In today’s present climate there are specialized home renovators of all kinds. From everything to closet experts to smart home consultants. These are great jobs to hold because everyone who has a home will get to the point where they want to renovate or they have to due to damage.
Depending on the scale of renovation, the fees for hiring someone can be astronomical. If you need multiple jobs done most likely you will have to hire different companies who specialize in each area. Doing it yourself can seem like a daunting thought at first. Especially if you have absolutely no prior experience with the problem or home renovation at any level. That shouldn’t stop you from considering taking on the project yourself. Many have come before you in owning and maintaining homes, and most situations have been dealt with before. Especially with tools like youtube, how to books, and asking for help when needed can get you through many home renovations.
Do it yourself renovations might take you longer than a professional. It might take more organization and forethought and it might involve a few mistakes. It will save you a lot of money, and you will potentially get out of it exactly what you wanted. Also, you will have the beginnings of the skill set once you have completed the project. Of course there are some renovations that you will want to check in with an expert but here are a few projects to consider doing yourself. Most of the perks of doing it yourself is the enjoyment of such a project. If there is a willingness there is a way. Let’s go through each area of the house to identify what renovations are typically considered practical for a do it yourself.
Before you begin any DIY project there are a few things to keep in mind before anything is cut or demolished. Make sure you have a clear vision and goal in mind. This will save you time and money. If you are doing any renovations that require getting a permit, do this before you start. Also double check that the permits you got are the right ones. This type of business is sometimes hard to understand and takes some research. If you are saving money on doing the project yourself, don’t slack on the money you spend for your materials. Cheap materials will produce cheap results and you won’t be happy with the time you spent trying to make it work. Preparing an area to work is almost more important than doing the work itself. Safety is also part of this prep work and should be a priority every step of the way. Starting and ending with a clean space each day will help you stay organized and take care of all the materials you have. Locking up and securing tools is very important. Tool theft is very common.
DIY Home Renovations Guidence
Renovating the kitchen is one of the most popular redo’s in the DIY community. It is usually the center of a home, where a lot of action happens. It is also a room that can be easily renovated with cosmetic changes. Cosmetic changes are generally easier than internal renovation such as plumbing and electrical. Depending on what materials you are using and what you are getting rid of will change how hard or complicated the project will be.
The common materials that make for simpler DIY are wood, laminate, lightning fixtures and appliance and sink replacements. Replacing cabinets or refacing cabinets are both great DIY projects that can have a huge impact on kitchen renovation. Laminate flooring and counters can simplify projects because they are lighter and easier to install as well as cheaper materials to obtain and clean. Resurfacing and painting existing cabinets is a great renovation project when you love the original structure but would like to clean up the look. This is a bit more tedious work than replacing, but can save you a lot of money. If you are looking to do more DIY projects around the house a sander is a wise investment that will help in multiple projects.
Lighting is often a fun renovation project as long as you don’t have to hardwire any new electricity. Most fixtures will take simple rigging that can be learned by a manufacturer website or how to videos. Simple electrical work is a great skill to learn for DIY’s. Also with the popularity of LED’s and battery powered lights options and installation are becoming easier and more accessible.
Appliances along with sink and counter renovations can also have a huge impact as you can divide the room differently and really affect the layout of the kitchen. Precautions for do it yourself kitchens are making sure you know that the gas, electricity, and water are safely turned off before starting to disconnect appliances.
Great projects for diy bathrooms can be similar skills as the kitchen. If you feel you want to start with a slightly smaller project, renovate your bathroom first and build confidence for the larger room. You will be dealing with plumbing, cabinets, vanities, sinks and faucets as well as proper ventilation. Another great DIY skill to learn is basic tiling in your bathroom. This can lead to knowing how to create backsplashes and decorative features in your soon to be new kitchen. A lot of pragmatic and practical jobs need done in the bathroom. Installing towel racks, heavy mirrors, storage space, and generally making a smaller space more functional. A great dIY designer brain can really help turn a small cramped space into an oasis. Replacing toilets and under-sink plumbing can seem daunting, but are jobs that are more straightforward than you think. Following a clear step by step, having the right tools and supplies, and going slow is the recipe for success in the bathroom. Bathroom and basic plumbing techniques have not changed that much over time, so there are a lot of references to look at. The main concerns to pay attention to are proper ventilation, and systems to deal with the moisture that accumulates in bathrooms. This can be as simple as easy to open windows or ceiling fan installations.
Additions are where multiple and more extensive skills are needed. There are many layers to finishing one task, but if patient and diligent completely doable. The tasks you’ll find yourself tackling with additions are: Creating strong studs and frames for walls, installing floors and sub floors, installing insulation and drywall, as well as applying trim and painting.
Things to remember when building walls is leaving spaces for electrical and plumbing that might need to be in or around the room. It is best to hire an electrician when the time comes, but pre-plan before closing up the walls with drywall. There will be lists of jobs within all of these bigger tasks such as plastering, taping, bracing, and drilling spaces for water pipes and electricity runs. Although you will be technically doing it yourself, its best to team up with electrical professionals earlier in the project so you know where you need to leave the room.
The trend now with adding additions as well as many other renovations is to utilize reclaimed and recycled materials. This can often make your project cheaper by finding the supplies you need, but also might present a new challenge. If you are a problem solver you might enjoy the task of figuring out how to install items that might not have the proper hardware. You might also have to deviate from original plans to fit in found pieces. This often becomes a benefit and can add originality to your work. Resurfacing old hardwood floors or finding a huge wooden wheel to use as a kitchen island can give your renovation project character and originality.
When putting in an addition it is a good time to think about alternative ways to save and readjust the households energy needs. When adding additions you are also creating more space that will need to be…