The Small Ranch
My first house. An 875 square foot ranch style house with a basement. This is where I started as a Do-It-Yourselfer. These projects are not perfect, some are even embarrassing, but here they are in all their imperfect glory.
One of the first home improvement projects I tackled was replacing the storm door on the garage with a new pre-hung steel door. I had ...Read More
When money is tight, and demolition is out of the question, a bathroom can still be updated with some paint and a couple of new ...Read More
[adsense-banner] In a house that is only 875 square feet, every extra inch counts. Even though the closet in the master bedroom was about 6 ...Read More
The Basement Renovation When I moved into my first humble abode, it boasted a finished basement. Well, “boasted” and “finished” are stretching the truth. Wood ...Read More
I was minding my own business one day when my next door neighbour approached me about a privacy fence he was thinking about building across ...Read More
The Cape Cod
Okay, it’s not really a traditional Cape Cod, but that’s what it was called in the real estate listing. We call it a money pit.
The Snowball Effect in the Home Office One of the features that attracted us to the house was the comfortably-sized computer room in the addition ...Read More
Installing a new deck railing The large back deck was one of the things that attracted us to the house. Our home inspector warned ...Read More
Our house is 1½ story with two bedrooms upstairs in what is essentially a finished attic. Shortly after moving in, we discovered a number of ...Read More
A complete kitchen remodel can be a stressful undertaking in the best of times. Ours was done in 2009, during the depths of the so-called ...Read More
Moving or removing walls, enlarging window openings, altering doorways– these are major renovations that, while not especially difficult, require a clear understanding of the structure ...Read More
Tips and Advice
This section is meant to be an additional resource to compliment your research on common DIY projects. Sharing what I have learned….
Basement waterproofing Finishing a basement is a popular way to increase living space, but basements are prone to moisture problems. When I was growing up, ...Read More
Installing a Suspended Ceiling A suspended ceiling is a popular choice when it comes to finishing a basement, since the panels can be removed for ...Read More
When it comes to stud material for building interior walls, there are two distinct options available to homeowners: wood and metal. Both materials have their ...Read More
The stuff is known by many names: gyprock, gypsum board, sheetrock, drywall, and simply wallboard. I have also called it a few other more colourful ...Read More