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.

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.

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.