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 ...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
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 ...Read More
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 ...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.
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 ...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
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 ...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
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 ...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….
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 ...Read More
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 ...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