Tired of failed New Years resolutions? We all are. DIY projects dont require a diet or quitting smoking forever. Plan next years DIY projects: install laminate flooring, renew bathroom tile, and more.
Christmas shopping, relatives visiting, and all the excitement that entails are drawing to a close. Soon after the miracle morning, whats next? New Years Eve with its end of the year blowout celebration and then a groggy New Years day morning.
Got New Years Resolutions?
Over a steaming cup of coffee or tea, its traditional to list some New Years resolutions. Havent we all done it? After a night of partying, dancing, wearing funny hats, swearing off drinking, smoking, and finally getting on that South Beach diet are always popular.
But do these things work? Sure! For about two days! (been there, done that. But for those with DIY blood coursing through the old veins, why not do whats really fun, and work on DIY New Years resolutions? But how to go about developing a plan? Read on!
Home Improvement Brainstorming Technique
Assemble the members of the household. Everyone should have a voice in this brainstorming discussion.
Appoint someone to be the minutes-taker or scribe.
Throw ideas out. Be creative. There are no wrong home improvement or repair suggestions.
Be realistic about your budget.
If you have a dreaded homeowners association, take their rules into consideration.
Prioritize the List of Home Remodeling Ideas
Hopefully, the list is long and creative! But some home repair and renovation projects must take priority. Take care of any structural projects first. Heres the breakdown:
First, is the foundation screaming for first aid? This is the number one consideration. Everything else rests on it. (OK, this ones not exactly DIY!)
Next, does the house need a re-roofing? This is a big one because it protects everything inside the house from the elements.
Consider energy conservation and going green.
Isnt the cost of electricity, gas, and heating oil sky rocketing everywhere?
The biggest priority is insulation installation if its needed. It will start paying for itself the very first minute its installed.
Does the roof have adequate ventilation? This is key. The more vents inboard of the roofs fascia board the better.
Consider spraying thermal barrier paint in the attic on the underside of the roof sheathing or, better still, installing radiant barrier foil. This will slash the cooling bills in the summer and the heating bills in the winter.
Energy efficient windows. This can be a pricey endeavor but highly effective if your house has an abundance of windows.
If you run you A/C a lot in the summer, install a condenser coil mister. For about $100 the savings will pile up quickly and as a bonus you will have less wear and tear on your HVAC.
Finally, the Homes Aesthetic features. Curb Appeal!
This includes interior and exterior paint or if you have siding, a good spray wash.
Also, think about floor remodels. Ready to rip out that tacky 60s shag carpet and
install laminate flooring, tile, or a natural stone?
How about installing new tile on the shower walls and updating fixtures rather than just scrubbing the grout again? A
bathroom remodel project is one of the best things you can do
for ROI on home equity.
Its still wintertime. If its too cold for outdoor DIY projects, how about a basement
waterproofing or basement remodeling project?
When remodeling, things will be relocated so the wiring will change. Wiring a kitchen?
Remodeling a laundry room, workshop, or man cave? Adding a bathroom? Dont forget to budget new plumbing. PEX tubing will make the job much easier and cheaper.
Budgeting for the DIY Home Improvement Projects
Now that the dream list of New Years Resolution projects is on paper, its time for a reality check. Money. That old demon. This is where the list must be tweaked and compromises must be made.
For example, if the house needs a new roof, theres a wide range of cost choices, depending on features. Forsaking the pretty dimensional composite shingle upgrade might free up money for installing laminate flooring in the living room.
Only upgrading to energy efficient windows on the side of the house that drinks in the fierce afternoon sun might make it affordable for making a DIY
concrete kitchen countertop or a butcher block countertop. Dream, scheme, and implement; thats what DIY new years resolutions are for.