Home Improvement Projects

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.

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 paneling, commercial floor ...
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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 couple of new ...
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wood fence

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 about building across ...
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closet door

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 was about 6 feet ...
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storm door on garage

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 pre-hung steel door.   I ...
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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.

old kitchen cabinets

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 of the so-called ...
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i-beam

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, require a clear understanding of the structure ...
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insulation

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 aware of a ...
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deck railing

Installing a new deck railing

The large back deck was one of the things that attracted us to the house. Our home inspector warned us that the railing was too ...
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office walls

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. All that was needed, we thought, was ...
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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….

suspended ceiling

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 access to plumbing and ...
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drywall

Drywall

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 ...
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wet basement

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, I remember ...
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metal framing

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. Both materials have their ...
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