If you are like most homeowners, the thought of remodeling or improving your home has probably crossed your mind. If it were not for the expense of hiring a professional contractor and paying for a major home improvement project, you would have already had the bathroom updated or installed new wood floors.
While tearing down walls and dealing with plumbing and electrical issues are best left to the professionals, there are many things you and your spouse can do to improve the function and appearance of your home. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to paint, install a deck, lay a tile floor, or any number of other relatively simple home improvement projects. Here are some home improvement project ideas that you might want to consider.
Painting an Interior Room
If it has been 10 years since you last opened a can of paint and put a new coat of paint on your bedroom walls, it might be time to get out the brushes and rollers and freshen up the room. To do the job right, you should start by clearing out everything inside of the room you want to paint. If that is not feasible, you can just move the furniture away from the walls and cover it with some tarps. Make sure you fill in all holes and repair any blemishes before starting to paint. Next, you should tape around doorknobs, windows, and any other surfaces you want to protect from paint. The job will go quicker if you have two people working. One person – preferably, the one with the delicate touch – can cut in around the corners and edges with a brush, while the less-skilled painter covers the big areas with a paint roller. With preparation time included, an average-sized room should take less than four hours to complete.
Replacing a Kitchen Faucet
Adding a shiny, new kitchen faucet can spruce up any kitchen sink. This is not a hard job for the average homeowner. You can go down to any large home improvement store and select from dozens of different kitchen faucet assemblies. Every kit comes with instructions on how to remove the old faucet and install the new one. Remember to cut-off the water supply before you start. Then, it is a matter of disconnecting the water supply hoses (all you need is a wrench or a pair of pliers), breaking the silicon seal on the old faucet, and removing the faucet from the sink. Next, make sure you clean the area thoroughly and follow the instructions for installing the new faucet. Again, it is simply a matter of reconnecting the hot and cold water supply hoses and turning on the water supply. From start to finish, this project should take about two hours.
These are just two of the easy home improvement project ideas that will add some new life to your home. Depending on how handy and skilled you are, you could tackle more advanced projects such as building an outdoor wood deck, creating a water feature for your outdoor garden, or tearing out the carpet and replacing it with a ceramic tile floor. All it takes to make your home improvement project ideas a reality is time and effort. When you complete a project, you’ll be proud of what you accomplished!