Tired of failed New Years resolutions? DIY projects dont require a diet or Quitting Smoking Forever Guaranteed. Plan
next years DIY projects: install laminate flooring, renew bathroom tile, and more.
Christmas shopping and all the excitement it 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
we all done it? After a night of partying, dancing, and 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! But for those with DIY blood coursing through
the old veins, why not do whats really fun, and work on DIY New Years resolutions?
How to go about
a plan? Read on!
Home Improvement Brainstorming Technique
Assemble the members of the household. Everyone should have a voice in this brainstorming
Appoint someone to be the minutes-taker or scribe.
Throw ideas out. Be creative. There are no wrong home improvement or repair suggestions.
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.
Secondly, Energy Conservation and Going Green.
Isnt the cost of electricity, gas, and heating oil skyrocketing 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 the home is
Finally, the Homes Aesthetic features. Curb Appeal!
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?
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
Forsaking the pretty dimensional composite shingle upgrade might free up money for installing laminate
flooring in the
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!