Home Improvement Project

With the down economy, many people are taking on home improvement projects themselves rather than hiring someone to do it for them. This can save a lot of money if you know what you are doing. However, it requires some preparation and know-how. In this article, you’ll find many helpful tips for taking on your home improvement projects.

Every piece of real estate is subject to building codes; the savvy land buyer will research these codes well in advance of making a purchase. Without proper research, the requirements imposed by local codes and zoning regulations can present a nasty surprise to land holders who intend to build a new home or improve an existing one.

Use paint made for touching up appliances to cover up flaws on ceramic tile. Did you chip one of your tiles moving furniture? This type of paint will make it look almost as good as new. It dries hard with a glossy color that is hardly distinguishable from the surface of the tile itself.

Use flour for emergency wall paper glue! That’s the way the old timers always used to glue their wall paper in place. Just mix some flour with enough water to make a paste. Apply it just as you would any other wall paper glue. It will last for years!

Consider converting unused rooms in your house. Before you spend too much money adding an extra room or two to your home, seriously look at what you have to work with. Are you getting much use out of that exercise room or office? Even storage spaces like attics can be transformed into something useful, like a bedroom.

Landscaping can easily add value to your home by creating curb appeal. Shrubs and hedges are generally affordable and easy to maintain. Trees, on the other hand, are not recommended for many reasons. Foremost, immature trees do little to enhance the attractiveness of a yard, while mature trees are often very expensive.

When it comes to home improvement, be sure to consider the best option for exterior lighting. This is important mainly for energy consumption, as motion detectors will ensure that light is provided in the specific areas only when absolutely needed. Otherwise, leaving a light on overnight will add up over the course of a year.

Do you need to make your home safer or more accessible? For example, a step-in shower makes for a safer bathroom, allowing easier access into and out of the stall. Your home will be more accessible, safer and more comfortable with simple additions like grab bars in the shower.

One of the smallest improvements to your home with the biggest impact is a deep cleaning of the house. Spending the time to clean every section of your house will improve the overall smell, look, and environment of your home. A thorough cleaning is often overlooked as a cost effective method of home improvement.

When using nails to join wood surfaces, such as those in door frames, try reinforcing them with glue or liquid nails. By doing this, the wood will be reinforced with a much tighter bond than normal and strengthen the quality of your construction, which will last for many years without the need for constant repairs.

If you are doing a total renovation of a room, work from the top down. If you start at the top and work downwards, falling debris and paint drips will not end up on a freshly renovated floor, but on a surface that you plan to remove anyway. This saves you significantly on time and effort.

Have a large bulletin board in your kitchen or living room, where you can write reminders for yourself of things you need to do or bills you need to pay. Emergency phone numbers, contacts, brochures, postcards and notes to yourself, look better arranged on a bulletin board and won’t clutter your refrigerator or other appliances.

Although it is much less expensive to work on your home yourself, making mistakes or not having the motivation to complete a project can quickly add to the cost. It is important to think through what you want to accomplish; this article is meant to be a starting point for you as you begin to gather your thoughts about what you want to do.

25 thoughts on “Home Improvement Project”

  1. The systems Jamie is talking about are great. I actually use to install
    them for a company my father owned years ago. They were ahead of their
    time during the oil crisis of the 70’s! Wish he had taken video of his
    system for us to see.

  2. In the UK it was common in the 50’s and before to have a metal water tank
    in the back of the fireplace, usually covered by a metal removable plate
    (for cleaning), some of the heat from the fire would heat the water in the
    tank, and that would provide hot water via a heat exchanger coil in the
    hot water tank, no pump, it was done by convection (hot water rises to the
    storage tank)
    One problem was when people removed the pipes that ran around the room, and
    got central heating, but they blocked the outlet ports from the tank, so
    when they had an open fire, the back boiler tank would explode.

  3. I like how California has no problem with rigging up some gear to a
    fireplace and sending most of the heat up the chimney, but a
    high-efficiency pellet stove from Vermont – hells, no, put a ban on those
    devil things!

  4. Not only a great idea but you know it was also built beautifully. I would
    love to hear more custom Jamie projects.

  5. That’s not Jamie. He’s not wearing his white shirt!
    Seriously though, sounds like a nice project. I would want to build
    something similar to heat our outside pool using a fireplace.

  6. I’d rather have a wood stove. You can cook on them if the power goes out.
    Much more heat into the room and uses less wood to do so.

  7. The chemicals in the wood smoke WILL deteriorate the copper over time. Just
    something to keep in mind when attempting this.

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