You Can Do This!
Hey Crew! I’m excited to have you all here at Remodeling Guy! You’ve left so many encouraging comments and sent me some great emails. I’m really looking forward to helping you stay excited about what you can do with your homes.
It’s clear to me from the comments and emails that many of you want to do some remodeling with your own two hands. For some of you with the big crews, that may be your own eight or 12 hands; whatever the case may be.
What you can do yourself depends on many factors such as skill level, time available, level of perfection required, and (this is where I come in) courage! You have to be willing to try if you want to succeed. Deep, huh? That’s why they pay me the big bucks!
Some projects are better places to break in your new fancy tool pouch than others. Here are a few great DIY projects that make a very significant impact on your home.
I know I sound like a broken record on this, but there is a reason! A fresh coat of paint, even in the same color, will make you feel better. It will make an impact on your environment. Take a look back at this post I wrote on painting.
I really like flooring as a DIY project! There are just so many options that don’t require a huge collection of expensive tools or years of experience. Flooring can make a day and night difference in a room or your whole house!
Great Do-It-Yourself flooring materials include:
Laminate – probably the front-runner in ease of installation and durability, laminate flooring can be a great choice. If you’re not familiar with laminate flooring, just do a Google search and you’ll see. All the big manufacturers have laminate lines.
Pre-Finished Hardwood – Personally, I like the look of real wood better than even the best laminates. I’m willing to trade off the durability for the sound and feel of wood. (I’m actually a solid 3/4″ nail down floor fan myself, but you need a few notches in the tool belt for that one). Usually installed with glue, this is a little tougher than a laminate floor, but still within easy reach of a handy homeowner with a few simple tools.
Tile– Ceramic or Porcelain tiles are relatively easy to learn how to do and even a first timer can get good results with a little trial and error. You really need a wet saw if you’re going to do an area of any size, but there are simple ones on the market for really affordable prices. Porcelain is harder to cut than ceramic, so keep that in mind.
This picture above just does it for me! I looked at it a dozen times before I ever knew there was a human being in it! Does that make me a bad person? I only noticed three things, in the following order:
Walls… nice too, but I might not want both walls and ceilings the same.
Trim… the trimwork around these windows and doors is really magnificent! You can do that!
Trim isn’t that hard. As with all of my sermons, first you need a vision. You need to know how you want to do your trim, to the finest detail, before you start. Follow the steps in Hooked on Magazines and Developing Your Dream – Part 1 to get that vision started.
Once you have the vision you really need some simple power tools. You’re going to need a Miter Saw, an Air Compressor, and a Finish Nailer or a Brad Nailer.
These last items wouldn’t be needed for a small job. If you just want to do a little bit of trimwork, you can just use a hammer and nails!
I was about to move on and I looked back at the picture and notice one more rockin’ detail…those doors! Check out that double door! I love it when a doorway between 36″ and 48″ is made into a double door. I like the look of the smaller operable sections (called leafs).
To read more about trim, check out my post on the subject here.
Don’t get me started! I can’t get enough of outdoor spaces.I didn’t hear the Fat Lady sing yet, and I may build outdoor spaces as a third or fourth career before it’s overwith! I LOVE outdoor living.
Oh, right…sorry…well, it won’t be cold forever and you want to get your ducks-in-a-row before the great thaw! That way you can hit the newly thawed ground running!
The great thing about outdoor projects for a DIY crew is that, well there are a few great things (this calls for more bullet points):
Outdoor areas usually “tolerate” imperfections better. Cut a board a little short? No worries, keep rolling. Do that with the living room crown molding and it could be a trip to the padded cell.
Outdoor projects can be finished quickly. Usually this in a one trade kind of thing. You, your saw, your nail gun, and your pile of lumber! Progress happens that way.
An unfinished outdoor project won’t cause a divorce! Need I say more? Just picture a master bathroom with no door and a pair of vice grips to control the shower water.
Outside is the place to be anyway. I say make it awesome first. I may have written in a previous post that we haven’t done much to our house since moving here. Different story for the outside. Way, way different story. I won’t show you those pictures until the thaw. I wouldn’t want to be mean.
Here is the picture from the top of this post again.
Everything I see in this picture can be done by a determined DIY crew. The tile makes a real impact here!
This is a tumbled marble. Looks like a travertine. These tiles offer an incredible look for a good price!
You may look at your home and say to yourself, “This place needs so much more than that! It’s no use.” That is stinkin’ thinkin’. You need a check-up from the neck-up!
Let me ask you this: Have you ever felt totally overwhelmed in your life because you have what seems like a thousand things to do right now ? I’m sure that nobody reading this can say they’ve never felt that way.
How about this one: When you’ve felt this way, has it ever happened that the completion of just one of the tasks changed your entire mood? I know that this happens to me often.
The same thing can happen with your house! A single project out of the list above can change your entire outlook. Just remember to fuel up on inspiration and there is no stopping you!
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