The Ultimate DYI Project
Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:29 PM
Is anyone else doing a lot of remodeling and doing the work on their own? It just seems like a lot of homeowners on the forum subcontract work.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 05:11 PM
We have managed to repaint the kitchen, dining room, living room, powder room, master bedroom, spare bedroom and the basement man cave, the front door, garage door and ouside trim, and we are set to paint the hallway in the upcoming months - we just need to find a ladder that will reach my 16 ft ceilings! We have also repainted the kitchen cabinets, and refaced the powder room vanity.
Two of our bigger projects have been installing new baseboards and crown moulding on the mainfloor, and refacing the fireplace surround and hearth with beautiful marble 6"x24" meshed backed tiles that required some seriously detailed cutting with the wet saw!
For electrical, we have replaced some of the light fixtures on the mainfloor (with 4 more left to do), and the one in our master bedroom. I personally have gone and changed each and every outlet and light switch from the ugly 80's beige that it was, to clean crisp white (i'm talking re-wiring here, not just replacing the faceplate).
We still have totally gut both upstairs bathrooms, replace the tile in the front hall, rip out the carpet in the livingroom and replace it with hardwood to match the dining room, retile the backsplash in the kitchen. We plan to DIY all of that stuff, but we also need to replace the carpet upstairs and that will be contracted out.
Between my hubby and I, we are pretty handy and patient people who love doing stuff ourselves. When babies come along, that might change, but for now - we are total DIYers!!
Posted 18 February 2010 - 11:20 PM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 02:44 PM
| Originally Posted by ktnicole |
Having trouble getting the molding done, its a pain in the butt.
Posted 05 May 2010 - 01:50 PM
FI and I are DIYers too, and loving it! We bought an old apartment a year and a half ago that needed new EVERYTHING! We've torn up pretty much all the flooring put in new carpet in the bedrooms (okay well that is the one and only thing we actually didn't DIY), new engineered hardwood in the livingroom and hallway, and new tile in the entryway. We've repainted throughout (my brother did help with that though, and he is a pro-painter!). FI and his dad built a wall (it was weird, the second bedroom was open to the livingroom when we got it)! New baseboards, baseboard heaters, door handles, blinds, etc. FI is an electrician (thank goodness, he's so handy!) so everything is getting rewired, and nifty new plugs where I need them. All new appliances too, but that's not really DIYing...
But really we've only just started, there's so much more to do! New closet doors are next on the list. Then, the bathrooms. And finally (maybe next year?) the kitchen.
Need more funds to keep going... and more time!
Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:33 AM
Posted 03 August 2010 - 04:34 PM
This sounds like me and my FI!! Within an hour of getting the keys, we ripped out the kitchen and started renovating the whole thing! In the first year and 1/2 we redid the kitchen, finished the basement, built a 1/2 bath, redid the upstairs bath, ripped up the carpets and refinished the original hardwood and painted all three bedrooms. I'm in the process of picking paint colors for the dining room and kitchen now! (I've actually painted them several times and hated everything!!)
Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:41 AM
We bought in February and completely renovated the Kitchen and Main floor in 2 1/2 weeks ourselves. It does help that my husband is an electrician and does a lot of reno work but it was insane!!
Here is a list of all the work we did:
Refinished all the cabinets & installed new hardware
Installed Granite Countertops
Hardwood floors throughout the main floor
New Carpet in Bedrooms
Painted entire house (and re-painted the ceilings as well)
installed new baseboards and painted those
Replaced all Light fixtures
I just recently re-modeled our Main bath in about a week as well
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