Carrying out any home improvement project at home requires thought, effort and of course, budget. Home improvement projects can vary from the small such as a feature wall addition with some framed pictures or it can be as substantial as a home extension. While taking on one of these projects is exciting, it can also be a little daunting and they require some research.
What to Watch Out For in Home Improvements
Things need to be considered such as contractors if they’re relevant in that it’s vital to engage the right contractors who will do the job well. Ask friends and family for recommendations, go and see physical work projects they’ve completed and check out their website reviews. If the project is large, it is so important to have reliable builders, plumbers and carpenters.
Also take some time to watch some videos on YouTube and get inspiration from things you find there. Always keep your budget in mind of course and stick tightly to it; this might require resolve and willpower but it’s important. Keep detailed notes and even take some before and after photographs for you to review the change once the project is complete. If you’re planning on not keeping your property in the long term, be sure to only carry improvement projects that will add value to the home, that will deliver a positive return on investment.
More Home Improvement Tips from Homeowners and Professionals
The people at Senator Windowshave put together this useful infographic which outlines those apps that can be used if you’re carrying out home improvement projects. It’s split into various segments to assist the different parts of the journey such as the research stage and the color selection stage and so on. Check out the full detail below!
This is a guest post from Jane Crosbie, marketing manager with Senator Windows and Doors in Ireland. Senator manufactures high quality windows and doors in their dedicated manufacturing facility in County Wexford.
Max is on a roll with his DIY projects, starting with the doggie daybed for Cody, the coat rack using a beat-up skateboard, and now it’s on to shelfie time.
You know those books which are strewn all over the place? Make two shelves with just two wooden planks and four metal brackets, and give those books a new home. Using a rag, stain the wooden planks with Boysen Oil Wood Stain in Walnut for a warm look before attaching to the brackets.
“Move on, Max,” that’s what dog Cody wishes for his daddy this new year. In his doggie brain, Cody could get it that his dear daddy was having a hard time with his heartbreak. But surely it wasn’t a reason to wallow in such messy surroundings.
Thank God, Max seems to get it as he starts his journey to recovery. How do we know? Because he starts being creative again.
Watch Max and Cody’s journey to becoming heart-whole (well, Max mostly) as he (Max, not Cody) starts tidying up, tinkers with stuff, repurposing things, being creative, and best of all, spoiling him (Cody, not Max) again!
And in his doggie brain, Cody thinks that’s how things should be.
The first post we wrote about the work of interior designer Gila Salvador of Madhouse Design Studio, was about a renovation she did of a small space, a 22 sqm condo to fit a family of 5.
This second one is about another renovation of a 29 sqm condo, again for a family of 5. It is not only space that was the challenge but also the dated look of the condo because it is in a 25-year old building.
Ways to Maximize Small Spaces
What I admire about Gila is that she makes something seemingly impossible possible. You can see from both projects that she really listens very closely to what the homeowners have to say. Here are the main elements that make her projects successful:
She uses both vertical and horizontal spaces in her design.
Clutter makes any space look smaller so she provides as much storage as she can so that the family members have somewhere to put their belongings.
She provides fitted furniture which may be multifunctional, like a bed-cum-couch.
Wall, furniture and upholstery colors are neutrals and blend well together.
Gila is the CEO and Creative Director for Madhouse Design Studio, an interior design, graphic design and construction company based in Metro Manila. If you follow her FB page, you will see that Gila’s unique abilities to cater to this market has been keeping her so busy.
How much did the DIY work cost? That’s something that concerns homeowners.
With all the expenses we’re faced with everyday, most of us do not even consider refurbishing our homes. It’s not only money but also time. Work, traffic, school, home, social life – all these add up and eat into the hours we have.
Money-wise, total cost of Danica’s DIY works was less than P6,000. You can go lower, of course, if you are not as diva-ish as her with wanting an ombre wall. You can keep your wall to one color, and the same goes for your furniture. But then what is P6,000 really when this investment can give you something so much more than the peso cost? You get fulfillment and that priceless feeling of being home in a new city.
DIY condo painting is something Danica embraced when she moved to Cebu for work, and that’s what you can do too to make a home you really love. Whether you rent your home or own it, you deserve a space that fits your personality. After all, your home is your nest, your sanctuary, the place you go to so you can rest and re-energize.
How can you make your private space your own when you’ve just moved in? You can have your own familiar things around you. For a bigger impact, you can also put your stamp on it by changing the colors that surround you. It’s kind of like having the same kind of vibration inside you and outside you. Colors can do that. And paint, which is affordable, quick and effective, is the tool that you can use to get that coherence.
Danica went the extra mile by giving the old, tired-looking furniture a new coat of paint. If you’ve smartened up the walls, then give your furniture that pizzazz too.
Wouldn’t you just love to wake up to a new day in a place that is really home?
We made another DIY instructional video for you, this time having our DIY Diva Danica show you how to paint your old wooden furniture.
You can make shortcuts like I did with my furniture where I just painted over the old paint. But this is not the right way. An effective painting job hinges upon excellent surface preparation. Watch the video to see what steps you have to take to prepare the furniture you will be repainting.
If you want to learn how to prepare other surfaces like concrete, metal or drywall, then watch Painting 101. You will also learn how to prepare what paint, primers, brushes, rollers or other sundries to use to ensure a successful paint job.
It’s not only walls that can use a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes you need to paint your old furniture to match the new colors found on your walls. That’s what Danica, our DIY Diva, thinks so too.
Danica feels that her ombre wall deserves furnitures that are not old and tired-looking. If your existing furniture has good bones and you just need to jazz them up a bit, follow our DIY Diva’s footsteps and find out how you can add a lick of paint to those wooden chairs and tables to make them look like new.
One good tip is to watch Painting 101, an instructional video that will teach you how to prepare your surface and what paint, primers, brushes, rollers or other sundries to use to ensure a successful paint job.
A true DIY-Diva like Danica is a go-getter. So after choosing her colors from the Boysen App, she moves on to buy those cans of paints from the Boysen Mix and Match Station, that you can find in select hardware stores, home depots or paint centers. Check which outlet is closest to you here.
Buy all sundries you need in the same place to get those colors on your walls in a jiffy. Why wait, right?
The ombre wall Danica is making here needs more time, and different colors of paint (same hue but different tones). If you want something simple, just paint your wall one color, like what most people do. Jazz it up a bit by having one accent wall, which you paint in a different color.
Meet Danica, our DIY Diva, who has been promoted by her office and assigned to Cebu. New responsibilities, new colleagues, new city, new home.
Excited to see her new nest, she opens the door and is underwhelmed! Oops, boring! But she’s a go-getter and creative to boot so she goes about redesigning her home and some things in it so her new residence will carry her colorful style and high energy.
Follow Danica’s journey and learn from the DIY Diva.