DIY Projects

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 it.

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 results.


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.

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A wooden farm gate is a welcoming site when entering your property. This farm gate design is DIY and easy to build

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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!!

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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.

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 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?

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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.

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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. 

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A step by step description of my steel kit home build from development approval to moving in. 

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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'. 

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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.

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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.

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I needed a waterproof shade sail solution for the northern side of the house so this DIY custom shade sail.

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How about a garden path made from CCA pine sleepers? An easy DIY project for any handy person.

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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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