DIY projects are the activities that weekends were made for. Some projects take a few hours; some extend into weeks, and others into months. My advice for anyone who would like to try a project for the first time is to give it a try.
Really, what have you got to lose? If the finished product isn't what you'd hoped for, you can redo it, re-purpose it, rearrange it or...just throw it away. But before you toss it on the junk pile, consider the great cover-up materials you can buy to make it presentable.
You know the saying: good handypersons can fix their mistakes, but good builders know how to hide them.
During my kit home building adventure, I completed many tasks that could
be described as 'DIY projects' that really were just home improvement
ideas put into practice. Mostly, I started with a problem or need we had
at home, searched the Internet for a possible solution, found what I
considered to be a logical way to achieve it, and then had a go at doing
Armed with a sense of optimism that had been instilled in me from
childhood, I tackled my projects with gusto. I was sure I could fix any
mistake, and as it turned out, I did. This set of pages has a number of projects that show the mechanics
of small and large home renovation ideas and tasks that I have
completed, and I've added a few pictures to show the before and after
Build this cool Deck Design on ground level for your outdoor table and chairs or, in our case, a small spa. It rests on sleepers laid out flat and it provides a very efficient foundation for our Inflatable Spa.
A big fibreglass spa is ok for those who have several thousand dollars to spare. This MSpa 151 review shows the unpacking, setup, installation, filling and user review of a 'spa in a box' inflatable spa.
Mobile Ground Level Deck
This is a great idea for those who are renting or who just want the freedom to move their deck about. A compact 2x1 metre construction that any DIYer can build. Remember, not everyone wants to lay a foundation!!
Free plans and easy construction 'how to' ...More info...
These platform stairs were created to span 9 metres down a cutting from my carport to a pathway. I used CCA treated pine sleepers. It took about a week and cost $800. Any handyperson can do it.
A Walk in Shower is a great addition to a bathroom, especially when it is LARGE. Add hob benches, a strip drain and frameless glass (no door of course) and you get a luxurious shower room. Oh did I forget the view..through the window?
Try this steel framed garden shed made from left over kit building materials. It houses my ride-on mower, trailer, garden implements, it has high shelving and an extended roof line on the left to shelter my fire wood.
I needed a some home storage cabinets in my 'just built' steel kit home. We didn't plan in a lot of storage and like most new homes, needed a lot more. The dimensions of this storage cabinet were 2.4m wide by 2.4m high by 400mm deep with four soft close doors and adjustable shelving.
A step by step description of my steel kit home build from development approval to moving in.
The easiest way to create an outside room is with a metal carport kit. Add a rear wall and some furnishing and you have a very usable and practical lounging and eating area.. 'al fresco'.
More info ...
The installation of my Blaze wood heater was a 'just in time' effort in time for the impending winter. See how I installed the fireplace hearth, heater and flue system.
This is a simple DIY wooden pergola that keeps the heat away from the side of the house and dresses it up a notch as well.
I needed a waterproof shade sail solution for the northern side of the house so this DIY custom shade sail.
How about a garden path made from CCA pine sleepers? An easy DIY project for any handy person.
Getting grass to germinate with a flock of pidgeons ready to eat your seed can be frustrating, so I used trenches.
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