Renovating the home is a big task. Even if you consider yourself rather handy with the DIY, there are no bigger jobs to take on than a wholesale replacement of the fixtures and fittings of a room or the whole home. Whether you’re looking to remodel a kitchen or to convert a loft, it is possible to take almost all of it on by yourself. You’re just going to have to build an arsenal of tools, tips and expertise to make sure it’s done properly.
Find the materials
It’s one of the more exciting and interesting parts of the project, most of the time. Picking out tiles and what kind of hardwoods you’re going to use on the floor and how you’re going to properly wall your loft is all well and good. But if you want to be economical about your selection of materials (which is essential if you have a planned budget), then you need to be smarter about where you find those materials as well. You could use the advice of pages like Lifehacker, which can point you in the direction of cheap sources for DIY materials like salvage stores for furniture or Buy/Sell/Trade groups. It’s not a bad idea to go to construction sites and the like and see if they have any scrap materials they plan on throwing away, either.
Put in the graft
Renovating a home takes more than an eye for interior décor, as well. It will mean that you have to put the work into turning those materials into custom-fitted fixtures for the home. For instance, you’re going to have to learn a bit of woodworking if you want to make use of the wood supplies you get. As you can see on the homepage of Straight Kerfs, it’s not overly difficult to get and fit a woodworking saw in a garage. However, it’s a good idea to take some lessons on the more involved and more dangerous kinds of work you’re looking to undertake. For a lot of people, the practical parts of DIY count as a hobby, so you’re likely to find classes on woodworking and other talents in your area.
Stick to the plan
Before you start tackling any project, run through the entirety of it in your mind’s eye. You should be able to imagine from step A to Z what you’re going to need to do and what materials, tools, and skills you’re going to need to accomplish it. Then itemize that mind’s journey and come up with a step-by-step plan for how you’re going to complete it. Separate tasks into what you can do now, what you can learn in time and what tasks you need to hire contractors for.
Most important to go with the tips above is that you spend some time in the rooms that you’re thinking about renovating. You might actually find some elements of the room you like that, if you rush through, you could end up changing with the rest of the work. Make sure all renovation plans have plenty of thought put behind them.