Post # 1
Fiance and I just bought our first home. It was built in the 60s and has a lot of character. It is very beautiful on the outside however the inside needs a LOT of TLC. We have decided to go for a very classic/elegant look to match the era of the house and we are both very excited about working on it together however neither of us have done any house renovations before. We have had a building inspection done so we know that the structure is sound and there are just a few things we need to fix before we can move to the cosmetic part. Fiance is a boiler maker so he will be handy if we need any welding done.. but let’s be honest.. we won’t really need that skill lol. He will be able to make a new fence but that is about it for the time being. We have both done painting before and know to do that properly but that is about it.
So my question is, if you have done some DIY renovations, what were they and did you already have experience in it? (for example the tiling). What kind of DIY renovations can be done because we really want to save money but at the same time we don’t have any experience in installing flooring or whatever. We have friends that are electricians and plumbers so we can save money there…… but what else? Or do you recommend saving really hard and paying for the experts to do it?
Thanks 🙂 xx
Post # 3
Come on guys! I’m sure someone has done some DIY renos 😛
Post # 4
We are forced to do renovations/construction at my house because of a bathtub leak, and mold.
We went with barker board in the tub surround because it prevents mold from sticking around! We had drywall there before with tile on top.
And no experience because estimates form companies were over $18,000 (including kitchen ceiling) and we are doing it for under $2000, including the kitchen ceiling)!
Post # 5
Well, I haven’t done any DIY yet, but I can empathize because I’m in the same boat as you. 🙂
We close on our house in one week (eek!) and while the house is in really good shape the finishes and fixtures are all pretty old and out of date.
I’ve been reading blogs and websites out the wazoo because I plan on doing most of that work myself (and with the Fiance obviously).
One of the more famous DIY blogs that I’ve been reading is Young House Love. Google it and start at the beginning. They had never done DIY before and they really were able to get a LOT done on their place. Maybe their style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was really good to see that two total noobs at home owning and DIY were able to get so many things done.
Another site I’ve been obsessed with is http://www.familyhandyman.com/ anything you want to know about anything has an article with easy to follow images and instructions.
Aside from that I’ve been watching a ton of renovation TV. 🙂 There’s a show here in the states on DIY network (so not sure if you guys get that channel or if you can watch on youtube or something) called Rehab Addict. It’s a woman who takes older homes and rehabs them–but she doesn’t make them modern, she tries to keep all the finishes to the period of the house. That might be interesting for you guys since it sounds like you’re trying to do something similar. Good luck!
Post # 6
Like PP said, go to Young House Love! And you should ask at you local Lowes or Home Depot if they ever have tutorials.
Post # 7
We have done many DIY renovations. Our house was orginally pink…everything was pink. There has been a lot of repainting! Honestly though, I think painting was the biggest change in our house. We brightened up the rooms and gave it new life. This is probably the easiest to learn and cheapest renovation to do.
We ripped out pink carpet from our bedroom and put down a floating, laminate floor. We ripped out the green carpet and refinished the stairs. We’re starting this on the basement stairs now.
Recently, we retiled our kitchen and changed all the hardware. We also were forced to retile the bathroom due to bad drywall issues.
I don’t know if you have classes similar classes in Australia but here in Canada our Home Depot offers DIY reno classes. You can learn how to tile, install cabinets, paint, cut baseboards etc. They are usually free or just the cost of the material. Check around…maybe you can find something.
Post # 8
This post is right up my alley. Fiance and I are doing the entire basement ourselves cuz let’s face it we are broke!!! lol
So Fiance bought this book at Lowes for the basement and that book has told him how to do the 2x4s, how far apart they should be, how to measure stuff. It’s a fantastic book. I’ll try to ask Fiance the name of the book and I’ll update it on here after.
Fiance did all the plumbing himself, it’s actually not that hard to do (your Fiance could even take a small class to learn the basic). Our friend is an electrician so he is doing all the wiring and one of our Groomsmen is doing the phone stuff for us.
As far as tiling goes, we did it ourselves as well, Fiance has friends in the construction bizz and asked them for advice and we just did it. So far I am sooo extremely happy with our process and how things are coming along. If you ever need more information or tips and stuff, you can pm me, I’ll be more than happy to help you out.