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.

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 had ...
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Budget bathroom update

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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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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The Basement Renovation

The Basement Renovation

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 ...
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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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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.

office walls

The Snowball Effect in the Home Office

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 ...
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old kitchen cabinets

The Kitchen Remodel

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 ...
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deck railing

Installing a new 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 ...
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i-beam

Structural Repairs: How to “un-butcher” a house

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, ...
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insulation

The Attic Renovation

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 ...
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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….

wet basement

Basement waterproofing

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, ...
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suspended ceiling

Installing a 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 ...
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Framing with metal studs

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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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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