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Do It Yourself Project Ideas: How to Assess and Plan a DIY House Project

By Edited May 27, 2015 1 0

One of the most difficult part of a do it yourself project idea is how you will assess and plan the DYI project; it is not easy, especially if you haven’t done it before or if you don’t have the time it needs to complete the house project with minimum effort and discomfort for your family; however, if you are reading this article is because you already have in mind a few jobs that need to be done around the house, it could be something simple such as painting and decorating or something more complicated such as putting down wooden floor in the living room or replacing the tiles in the bathroom.


The first step is to be realistic and trying to establish deadlines for each part of the project; how long do you think it will take? Have you done it before? Do you have all the materials you need in order to complete the house project without having to spend time hunting for DIY tools? It is also important to understand that any DIY job has a starting, middle and end phase and each one of them will require a different commitment in terms of time and professionalism; if you are fully refurbishing an apartment; there are different areas that you might not be able to perform, such as electrics; so unless you are qualified in the area; it is probably better to call an specialist; also, if you have bought a new residential development that needs the finishing touches; it is important to review in detail the contracts that should spcify what you can and can't do; for example, many new apartments are normally carpeted instead of putting down wooden floor to reduce noise.


DIY House Projects Considerations

 1. Have you assess all the materials needed to complete the job? Although a preliminary assessment, many people don't really apprecaite what the job really demands; this is simple but it will save you time in the long run.


2. Remove furniture and decorations from the area you are working on; you don’t want to end up having to buy a new sofa because the old one has been ruined thanks to your lack of DIY skills – a clean empty space is your best option.


3. If your DIY project is to create an open space between the kitchen and dinning room for example; then you should start by confirming that the walls are not load-bearing; otherwise you will need a qualified person such as a structural engineer or an architect to complete the job; this will also increase significantly the value of the project.


4. If the wall is not load-bearing and you can demolish it yourself; then you must also consider what to do with the extra plumbing, fixtures and in particular electrics; in many countries only a qualified electrician is allowed to perform any electric work; it is also safe for you and your family.


DIY House Project: Middle Stage


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Once all the preliminary work has been completed then you are in the second and probably most important phase of the project; what you will be doing here depends on the type of specific work you are carrying out that can vary from actual building work if you are creating an open plan space or extending the size of your kitchen out to the garden or simply changing your electric central heating; telephone, plumbing or replacing the wooden floor.


DIY House Project: Final Stage

Finishing details could take longer than the actual building work; it is important to perform a very accurate and perfect building work in the middle stage; however, if the final details are not well looked after, you might end up with a house that looks more like a work in progress building space rather than a newly completely work.


1. The first step consist in plastering all the walls and ceilings affected by your DIY project; if needed tiled or panelled; do you need to replace window frames or glasses as well? Sand the wooden floor? Replacing the skirting board? Although they might not seem as important for you, it will create a completely different feeling to your new home; if possible you can perform a survey structure in order to identify ways to improve the value of your home and the general look of the space.


2. If you are replacing a kitchen or a bathroom; then this is the stage in which you install and connect all the water supplies and pipes; once you have built in the new bathroom or kitchen units; in the case of kitchens, you must ensure that all the kitchen equipment is properly installed – you want to avoid flooding your basement or your neighbours ceiling if you renovating your apartment.


3. The decoration phase is when you start preparing all the surfaces; this is your blank canvas when you can actually change the layout if needed; sanding, selecting the colour of the paint; it is important to focus on a room by room basis but without ignoring the overrall look you are trying to achieve; at this stage you are not only a DIY person; you are a decorator that will be adding value to your home.


4. Once you have completing the decoration process; then you must think about installing all the electrical switch cover plates, putting up the curtain poles and tracks; fitting the new door or the finishing touches to the window frames.


5. The final stage consist in laying the carpets, hanging the curtains, replacing the furniture, rearranging the paintings on the wall and probably throwing away things that you don’t need anymore; this will create a more spacious space; this is particular important if you are planning to sell your place in the near future: a neutral, spacious and clean room will always be more attractive to the eyes of people.


Hopefully this article will give you a basic and overview considerations of all the different aspect to consider when repairing, maintaining or improving your home; the idea is to create a very generic list of the different aspect to consider; not going into details as every “do it yourself” project is very particular; however, it will hopefully provide the project ideas to think of when performing a job in order to add value to your home; however, it is important to remember assessing and planning your DIY house project is fundamental.

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