Do It Yourself Sunrooms

Filed Under: DIY Outdoor, Do it yourself, Remodeling    by: ITC

Have you ever wished that you could have a sunroom in your home and just did not want to hire a contractor to get the job done? Well this is no longer the case. You now have a variety of different options that are available to you that will allow you to build your dream sunroom and you will not even have to hire that expensive contractor. You can even have a whole sunroom including the essential elements delivered right to your door step. The main idea behind these great kits is the ability to save you money while you getting that dream room.

This is an excellent idea to help you cut the costs on the overall project if you happen to have a fairly limited budget. This is due to the fact that you will not only save on the labor costs because you will be doing it yourself but also because you are completely cutting out the middle man. Possibly the best cost savings would be having it delivered directly from the manufacturer you save on the total cost of the supplies that will need. Another great advantage in doing yourself sunroom kits is that you have the ability to order an energy efficient kit that will also save you money on your overall electrical bill as well as maintenance costs over time. With today’s economy this can be an excellent benefit.

One of the important things that you need to be aware of however is that the cost of your sunroom kit will vary according to both the requirements that you may have and the overall condition of your home. If you are simply looking into building a simple sunroom on an existing cement block or deck then you will be spending less costly than it would be when you have to build a foundation as well.

If you are one of the luckier ones to have an existing concrete block it is an ideal place to install your dream sunroom. The concrete blocks are one of the best places because it is already prepared for construction and you will not have to do anything extra to it. However if you are not lucky enough to have a cement block you will need to do some careful research on the best possible place that you can place your sunroom. Also it is important that you prepare that area before you lay the beginning foundation to prevent cracks. This will increase the overall time that you will need to plan in the construction phase but it will be well worth it in the end.

As you can see there are a variety of different options available to you when you plan your dream sunroom. The more careful consideration that you do in the beginning will save you time and money in the end.

Ways To Save Money On DIY Home Improvement

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Money tips, Redecorating, Remodeling, Shopping    by: ITC

There are a variety of different reasons as to why you may want to consider a home improvement project for your home. Maybe it is to add value to your home, or maybe still just to add some appeal to your homes overall look. No matter the reason you can do these home improvement ideas and save money while doing so.

Yes it is true that when you are looking at adding beauty to your home it can become costly but it doesn’t have to be. If you are like many in today’s economy and your home improvement funds are a little tight there are inexpensive do it yourself techniques that you can learn to implement. There are three general areas that you can look into saving yourself a lot of money when you are planning your next home improvement project.

The first and probably the most cost efficient savings tip would be to forgo the contractor. These are proven to be the most expensive part of any home remodel project and cost you tons of money so instead of hiring learn how to do the project on your own. The reason for their high price is because you will not only be paying for their services themselves but also for the materials that they purchase. Therefore instead of hiring a contractor for say a flooring job for example learn how to do it yourself or at least purchase the supplies that will be needed on your own. The materials for any small home improvement project are most generally fairly inexpensive if they are purchased through you. On the other hand however if you purchase these through your contractor they will inflate the cost of the supplies and in the end, in most cases, you will end up paying almost double for those supplies.

Another step that you can utilize to save money on your home improvement projects is to take full advantage of home improvement classes. These are great tools for you because they will teach you the basic techniques that you will need for almost any home improvement project that you are looking into. These will become a great advantage to you because with these basic skills in hand you will be able to forgo that costly contractor.

The final great money saving tip would be to pay special attention to the sales and clearance aisles of your local home improvement store. These will save you a lot of money versus paying full price. There are a lot of times in which if the store is really overstocked on that item that they will offer you additional discounts which is really great.

As you can see do it yourself home improvement does not have to become a costly affair. All you need is a few basic money saving tips and you will be well on your way to a great do it yourself home improvement project that will not cost you a fortune.

DIY – Kitchen Home Improvement Project

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Kitchen, Remodeling    by: ITC

Due to today’s declining economy a lot of people are turning to do it yourself home improvement projects which includes their kitchen. Do it yourself kitchen home improvement has slowly became a popular trend over hiring those expensive kitchen experts. Most people have discovered that when they undergo a kitchen home improvement project themselves it is saving them upwards to 60% which is a great savings.

However just like any do it yourself home improvement you need to begin with careful planning. During the planning stages of your kitchen remodel you may want to be sure to put some extra effort because you need to be sure that you think through each and every step of the overall process. You need to be sure that even before you begin you can handle all the tasks and have all of the necessary supplies and tools on hand. If you fail this step you can end up not being able to finish the project due to the lack of supplies or becoming discouraged due to lack of skills.

Some of the most recommended areas that you can do research is the internet and the do it yourself home improvement shows on your local television channels. These are considered great areas because you will have actually experts willing to walk you step by step through each and every phase of your project. You will also have the ability to see the latest designs and trends that are found in many of the kitchens of today’s world.

The next most important thing that you want to make sure of is that you create an overall kitchen design layout. This is where you may have to swallow your pride a little and consult a kitchen expert. They may be able to give you a few ideas that you may not have originally considered. They can also help you put your ideas and designs together to help you weigh the pros and cons of the overall design that you have in mind. Although this may cost you some money the finished project will be well worth it and it will be the only part of the phase that they will be included in.

You will need to be able to draw out your overall kitchen plan yourself. The best way to do this is through the use of graph paper. You should be sure to come up with several different versions and then choose the best one among them.

Once you have all of the above steps done you need to be sure to set up an overall time schedule. Once you have this in place you need to try and follow it as closely as possible. This will help you become discouraged by spending too much time on the overall project.

Do it yourself kitchen home improvements can be fun and rewarding but you need to set a few things in place before you even consider beginning. The more time you take the better the ending project will be.

Do It Yourself – Solar Panels

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Money tips, Remodeling    by: ITC

The use of the green power is becoming more and more popular in today’s economy as it is a great way to save on your energy costs. As a homeowner you too can also get this great power and you can even do it yourself.

The only way that you can begin a solar panel home improvement project is to purchase the solar panels. You can choose from either making or buying these panels. These panels can then be placed on your roof, fences, or even as self standing units. These panels are becoming easier to find as the popularity increases. You even have the choice of making them by yourself for just a few dollars and parts that you will even be able to find at your local hardware store. These awesome panels will convert solar power to electricity and will help you reduce and in some rare cases eliminate your electricity costs. In today’s economy this is a great reason to purchase or create a solar panel for your own home today.

You even have the choice of your using your solar panel as a water heater. Just like the solar panels themselves you will have the option of making the heater yourself or purchasing one from a solar panel dealer. These great heaters will still have the ability to heat your water to the usual required temperature. A lot of different people have even found that they have had to add cold water in an effort to prevent burning themselves. These great heaters will also most likely totally eliminate your water bills which will be a great savings to you.

The more money that you are able to save on your electrical and water costs the more panels that you will be able to add over time which will add even more to your over all savings. Once you have reached the point where you are able to eliminate your bill all together you will even be able to sell some of your power back to the power back to the electrical company and in return receive an awesome profit. Just think of what you would be able to do with those great profits.

So as you can see doing a solar panel home improvement project just makes sense. Not only will it save you money but over time it will be able to actually make you money. It would be a wise decision to use solar panels in your home. The more solar panels that you choose to use the more money you will save in your overall electrical bills. You can find information on how to do this great home improvement project on either the internet or through your local hardware store.

DIY Home Improvement Useful Tips

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

When you are considering a do it yourself home improvement project it can be both fun and rewarding when you see the overall finished project. However if you do not take careful time and consideration before beginning it can end up being a big disappointment in the end of the project. There are some tips however that you can do to avoid that disappointment at the end of the project.

First of all you need to be aware that no matter if you are doing it yourself or hiring a contractor you will be in for a big mess. What this means for you is that you will have a home that appears to be in utter chaos throughout the home improvement project. This can be a very frustrating aspect of the whole entire project. Therefore if you are not wishing to have dirt and debris attaching to your furniture you will need to take some careful time to prepare your home before you even begin. You can do such things as covering your furniture with either plastic or old bed sheets and cover the floor with plastic and it will help you keep this dust and debris more contained.

Second thing you will want to do before you begin your do it yourself home improvement project is to make sure that you have a list of emergency numbers of plumbers as well as electricians among others just in case you happen to run into a real major issue that you will be unable to handle on your own. This will help you keep your project moving forward without a lot of unnecessary delay.

The next thing you will need to consider is the overall safety of the project involved. If you happen to have small children in the home you will want to make sure that you have all of your tools and other supplies put up high so that they will not be able to get a hold of them. Also if they wish to help give them small safe projects that they can help with.

The final most important tip is to be sure that if you need to work around appliances and plumbing that you know where all the shutoffs are located. It is very important that if you work around any of these areas that you shut off the electrical, gas, or plumbing. If you skip this step it can be very dangerous not only to yourself but your family as well.

Do it yourself home improvement projects can be very rewarding in the end if you take the time in the beginning to take these simple and easy tips into careful consideration. The more time you take to prepare in the beginning the less chance of disappointment in the end.

Easy Window Replacements By Yourself

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

In the world of today’s economy many people are looking at various ways of saving money on their electrical costs. One of the best ways to do this is through replacing those old and worn out windows. This may seem like a very daunting and difficult task for you to undergo but knowing a few simple steps can actually make it quite simple. A lot of the windows today come already pre-hung inside their very own casings; all you have to do is pop it into the old windows hole. The most difficult process of this whole process is making sure that you take proper measurements and the removal of your old, worn out window. You also need to be sure that you do not remove those old windows until you are completely ready to install the new ones.

The first step in your window replacement do it yourself project is to take measurements. You need to make sure that you measure and order your new windows through a height and width measurement which is based from the window jamb. The window jamb is basically defined as the flat part that the window sashes butt up against. You will need to find the width figure by using the following steps: first you will need to measure between the two jambs at three different spots-the top, middle, and the bottom. Once you have this figure you are going to want to subtract ¼ inch from the smallest measurements of the three above. You will need to do the same for the height measurement by taking it from the bottom just behind the sill and the top where you see that the upper stash stops. Then you basically have to follow the basic steps that you did above.

The next step in your window replacement project is to be sure that you measure your new windows when they arrive to make sure that you got the proper measurements. Failure to follow this step can result in a bad fit in your existing window hole. Once you have done this you will want to use a hammer and flat bar to remove the narrow front piece of stop trim that you will see borders the inside of your old window on both the sides and top. You need to be sure that you take the time to remove this trim carefully because you will be putting it back on at the end of the project. Once you have all of the trim completely removed you will be able to remove the sash without too much of a problem.

If you have the older style windows that still have the rope weights you will also be sure that you cut that out as well. You can let this weight fall into your wall without causing any major problems. You will now need to remove the narrow vertical dividing strip that is located by the upper sash and then carefully remove the sash itself. You need to be sure that you do not remove the bottom trim as it will be the trim that will hold your new window into place.

Once you have your old window completely removed you are then ready to move on to the final step of installing your new windows. You will begin by setting the bottom of your window in the opening making sure that it is resting just beyond the sill. You can use wood shims to make your new window both plumb with the original opening as well as level. Take mounting screws and screw them into the wholes that are provided on the window jamb of your new window. Once you have done this you need to be sure that you stick foam or insulation into any holes that you see then place your trim back on. Once you are completely done you need to be sure to caulk completely around the whole window to prevent any air leaks.

As you can see do it yourself window replacements are fairly easy to do. They are also a great way to save money on your future electrical bills.

Remodeling Your Basement

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Plumbing, Remodeling    by: ITC

The basement always seems to be the number one home improvement that everyone seems to want to do but they just do not seem to know where to start. What might be a shock to many of these people is that it can be actually one of the easiest as well as one of the most affordable ways to add value to their home.

If you are a beginner to the home improvement world you may be better off to hire a professional for certain aspects of your basement home improvement. But one thing that you will soon discover is that with a little planning and preparation remodeling your basement can actually become a very simple project overall.

The first thing that you will need to consider in your basement home improvement project would be the plumbing and patching. If you are looking at a place to entertain your family and friends you will need to definitely need to make sure that you have adequate plumbing. You need to make sure that you have all the pipes that you are going to need installed before you even begin your remodeling project. After you have finished your entire plumbing project you will then want to make sure that you patch up all of the cracks in your floor and walls patched.

The next thing that you will want to do in your basement home improvement project would be to work on the electrical portion of the project. It is important that you make sure that you install enough outlets to fit all of your needs.

After you have made sure that you have all of your plumbing, walls patched and electrical finished you are then ready to begin on the drywall. This is one of the easiest methods that you can use to form a tight seal between the cement and your new wall. You need to be sure that you use an industry grade cement sealer to be sure that the drywall adheres to the wall correctly. While you are working on the drywall you will also want to take the time to drop your ceilings as well. When you are looking at the variety of different ceiling tiles that are available the acoustical tiles have been the most popular choice. They are both appealing to the eye and also gives the household easy access to certain utilities.

The final thing you need to consider on your basement home improvement project would be the flooring. Due to the fact that the floors of basements are most generally cold it is a very good idea to add a subfloor. This will provide you with more warmth as well as a dryer environment for your basement space.

As you can see undergoing a basement remodel as your home improvement is not a difficult task. It can be a very rewarding project when you reach the finish project and you know you did it all by yourself.

Common Mistakes In DIY Electrical Projects

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Electrical, Home repair, Remodeling    by: ITC

In today’s declining economy more and more people are turning towards do it yourself home improvement projects. An electrical project is one of these many projects that they are undergoing as a way of saving money. It can be very expensive to hire an electrical contractor so you may be like many and decide to undergo the project yourself.

One thing that you need to be aware of however is that it takes careful planning and preparation to make sure that you are able to do the project. Although most times the home improvement projects tend to save you money, this is only the case if you have enough knowledge of the project you are undergoing and enough time to finish it. If you do not have these qualities you stand to cost yourself some serious money and also can get into some serious trouble. It can quickly become quite expensive to fix a very bad wire project then it would of originally if you hired the contractor from the very beginning.

There are a vast majority of people today in an effort to save money try and fix minor electrical problems themselves. Although these are just minor repairs you are still at great risk for an electrical shock. However this should not be your only primary concern because you also run into the risk of electrical fires as well. In most cases it is actually safer to consider hiring a professional for your electrical jobs. Besides these common problems there are other mistakes that a lot of homeowners do when they are trying to do an electrical job themselves.

First of all you need to be sure that you shut off your breaker box before you even begin your project. There are literally thousands of homeowners a year that suffer from electrical shock through failure to do this simple and easy step.

It is also a good idea not to splice any of your wires and then twist them together and cover them with electrical tape. You will be much better off to use the proper wiring from the very beginning to prevent any chance of an electrical fire later.

When you are looking to doing your home electrical repairs you need to be sure that you take a lot of considerable time and attention to the job. Failure to do this can result in serious injuries and can result in a fire.

As you can see just from the above tips the slightest thing that you do wrong can result in either serious damages or worse yet an electrical fire. If you still insist on going through this project yourself it is important that you take careful consideration and do plenty of research. This will help you prevent serious injury or electrical fires later.

Fix Those Leaky Faucets By Following These Simple Steps

Filed Under: Bathroom, Do it yourself, Home repair, Kitchen, Plumbing    by: ITC

Have you ever had that annoying leaky faucet that seems to drip even louder while you are trying to sleep? This can not only disrupt your sleep but also cause you to worry excessively because you are wondering if you are going to wake up to a flooded room the next morning. Well there is hope to solving your leaky faucet woes. All you need to do is follow a series of simple steps and you will have a great faucet in no time and as a result you will be able to sleep in peace.

You can even do this without the added problem of hiring those overpriced plumbers. All you will have to basically do is inspect the O-Ring of your faucet as well as the rubber washing as well. When these two pieces are worn out they are the number one cause of your leaky faucet.

After you have inspected and determined that your washer and ring are worn out you will need to then determine the type of faucet that you have. The two types that are available are the compression type faucet which has both hot and cold handles or the non compression faucet which will only have a lever or knob. The non compression faucets are the more common types and are the easiest to repair just by following these simple steps.

1.First of all you are going to want to shut off the water through the shut off valve. This valve is normally located under your sink. You will also need to make sure that you determine if either the hot or cold is leaking so that you will be able to determine which pipe is actually damaged.

2.Now you are going to want to remove the drain. Once you have done this you will want to remove the screw that holds the handle to the faucet. There are some faucets available that you will be able to remove by either a screwdriver or just by basically applying some force.

3.Now that you have the handle removed you are going to want to remove both the nut and the stem. You will be able to do this easier by using a either an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers to unlock the nut. After you have finished this you will want to carefully remove the stem from the faucet itself. The packing nut as well as the valve stem itself is easily removed by turning them counter clockwise.

4.You will now want to remove the washer by slowly removing the washer in place. Once you have done this your local hardware store will be able to assist you in finding the right parts that you are going to need to fix the problem.

5.Once you have done all the above steps and your replacement parts are purchased the final step is actually easy. All you need to do now is put everything back together. Once you have done this your done and you didn’t even have to pay for those expensive plumbers.

DIY Ideas And Tips – How to Get Started

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Money tips, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

If you are like many people today you are looking at ways to save money on your home improvement needs. Although this is a great way for you to go to fix up your home you do have the chance to run into a few problems along the way.

If you are looking into to taking on a home improvement yourself you need to make sure that you will be able to complete the project. There are a lot of home owners today that begin the home improvement project and end up not finishing it because they discover that they do not have the skills or the proper tools to finish the overall project.

The best way that you can avoid running into this pitfall is to make sure that you do some careful research on the project you are looking into before you even begin. Another great way is to chart out all the steps that will be involved in finishing the overall project. Doing the both of these together will help you decide if you will be able to finish the whole project as well as if you have the skills and tools available.
Another pitfall that many do it yourself home improvements is that the person does not take the time to completely think through the entire project from start to finish. In order to avoid this pitfall you need to make sure that you make a careful plan of each and every stage of the project. Make sure to include into that plan the type of tools as well as supplies. The more time you take to think and chart the project through the better off you will be in the end.
The third pitfall that many people tend to run into is that they do not take the time to consider any problems that they may run into. You need to take careful consideration to this aspect. Take for example if you are looking at replacing existing drywall you may want to set some extra money aside just in case you need to replace the wiring as well.
The final pitfall that many run into is that they do not consider the amount of disruption time to their family. If you are only able to work on a project on the weekends due to other commitments during the week then you need to be sure that your family is aware that it will take a while to finish the overall project.

A do it yourself home improvement project can be simple and a great way to save money if you take the time to avoid the pitfalls. The more careful consideration and the more you research the better your home improvement project will be in the end.