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.
Installing a pre-hung exterior door One of the first home improvement projects I tackled was replacing the storm door on the garage with a new ...Read More
Budget bathroom update When money is tight, and demolition is out of the question, a bathroom can still be updated with some paint and a ...Read More
Widening a Closet Door In a house that is only 875 square feet, every extra inch counts. Even though the closet in the master bedroom ...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
Wood Privacy Fence I was minding my own business one day when my next door neighbour approached me about a privacy fence he was thinking ...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
The Kitchen Remodel A complete kitchen remodel can be a stressful undertaking in the best of times. Ours was done in 2009, during the depths ...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
Structural Repairs: How to “un-butcher” a house Moving or removing walls, enlarging window openings, altering doorways– these are major renovations that, while not especially difficult, ...Read More
The Attic Renovation Our house is 1½ story with two bedrooms upstairs in what is essentially a finished attic. Shortly after moving in, we became ...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
Framing with metal studs When it comes to stud material for building interior walls, there are two distinct options available to homeowners: wood and metal ...Read More