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Guest Post by Chris Everett
Most homeowners dive head first into renovations without considering the level of skill, materials, and budget required. Whether you are planning to sell your home or simply feel like replacing the old with a fresh new look, it is important to note the number of renovations to be done and how these changes can impact on your budget. To help you with that, here are seven DIY renovations or investments that homeowners should consider.
1. Entry door replacement
The entry door is usually the first item that people or prospective buyers spot when they get to your property. You can replace an old door without having to remove the jamb, provided you get the same measurement. You don’t have to include the hinge cutouts.
Fortunately, no special tools are needed for this because you can cut the hinge mortise with the aid of a hammer and a chisel. Unscrew the hinges from the door using a cordless gun and screw them on the new door. Hold the door in place on the jamb and use the gun to screw the hinges onto the jambs.
2. Add a backyard patio or deck space
A backyard patio is a great component to complement your home. You’ll need a spade, wheelbarrow, gravel, broom, builder’s sand, tamper, landscape fabric, and flagstones, pavers, or bricks. You need to outline your patio and remove the sod, add the landscape fabric, and build a base of gravel and sand. Once this is done, place the stones and top it with more sand. You will then use a stiff broom to spread the stand into the cracks until it becomes level with the stones.
Complete the project by rounding up the outdoor seating as well as a table or two and begin enjoying your DIY patio.
3. Paint interior rooms with beautiful colors
The color you choose should work with the rest of the items within the room. Start by removing dust, dirt, or grease spots using a sponge, water and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Tape the door frames, window, and trim, and remember to remove them the moment you are done with the paint job. Prime the interior walls using a roller and a brush in places you cannot roll.
Experts recommend using the “W-Technique” for efficiency. When the paint is completely dry, paint the molding, including the window and door frames using a two-inch angled-brush.
4. Replace flooring with hardwood
Getting rid of the old and ugly carpets and replacing them with hardwood is one of the “renos” that you can do yourself. If you consider yourself handy, then have your floor replaced in a matter of days, even hours. Today, there are many styles to choose from. One style that’s gaining popularity is low-VOC engineered hardwood flooring. These are healthier options that contain no formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.
Hardwood often comes pre-varnished and pre-cut into different length depending on client need, alongside tongue and groove joints for quick and easy installation. As one person will be throwing the boards down, the other one will use a nailer to keep everything in place. Use a circular saw to cut the board and ensure that it’s flush when you get to a wall.
5. Minor kitchen remodel
Tackling a kitchen project on your own can save you lots of money. Remodeling can include electrical, plumbing, appliances, gas pipes, countertops, cabinetry, drywall, flooring, and painting.
But the minor projects you can handle include tiling the floor, including the counters, in a unique way that that is easy to maintain or clean. There’s also the option of doing a paint job or cabinetry where you get to install a set of cabinets to increase storage space and make it easy to access items.
6. Introduce new hardscaping and landscaping
Landscaping and hardscaping are attractive features offering plenty of appealing options outdoors. Use of pavers or paving stones for building and enhancing the look of any outdoor space such as a new patio, deck, fire pit, or retaining wall, is quickly becoming popular among home and property owners.
Before getting to details, first you need to consider the entire space. When you have selected the area, delve into draining issues by planning how it will be affected when you include a patio space or paver retaining wall. Make sure you keep the greenery and choose proper materials for your style.
7. Garage door replacement
Before buying a new garage door, it is critical to take measurements. This is done by measuring the width from the actual structural member. There should be enough room when you lower the door. Get rid of the door panels and disassemble the operator by removing the old tracks including the laser sensor and the brackets that hold the track in place.
Before the fresh installation, ensure the new door is properly accounted for, and avoid placing it on old tracks. Have a friend over to help with the lifting and placing of the door.
Fixing up your property doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Consider the above suggestions on your next home improvement project.
Chris Everett is a content writing and marketing specialist for Belgard, a brand of locally made and nationally backed residential and commercial hardscapes products dedicated to helping customers make their outdoor dreams a reality.