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Like many homeowners, you may have seen a home improvement project in the past but lacked the time or inspiration.
Don’t feel bad. Nearly half (43%) of homeowners say the biggest challenge they face when making renovation decisions is finding the time to DIY, which could explain why the same proportion say they have unfinished renovation projects — usually two.
Since many of us spend most or all of our time at home, now might be a good time to introduce some cabin fever into a project that can add value or breathe new life into your home.
Here are some projects you can do alone, or have a little helper when you need to play.
The new faucet
Attention to detail is key to this project — you don’t want to flood your kitchen with water because you forgot to turn off the water valve — but that doesn’t require old plumbing technology, and a shiny new faucet can bring a lot of fun to everyday life with just a little effort. These instructions will show you the steps to install the kitchen faucet (the same goes for installing the bathroom sink).
Lighting fixtures and switches
Few things change the mood of a room as quickly as lights. Replacing an old light fixture with a new one, or switching the switch for a dimmer, can bring a mood to any occasion. Here’s a simple guide to replacing light fixtures. Switches use the same type of wire, so if you can swap a fixture, you can handle switches.
A pit of fire
It is a good solution for children. Celebrate the finish with a marshmallow twinkie party. In addition, homes with fire pits are selling at a 2.8% premium, according to Zillow’s analysis of thousands of homes for sale and sales prices. * Build your own backyard fire pit in 7 easy steps.
Intelligent technology upgrade
There are countless smart home products to choose from, some of which only require changing a light bulb or plugging in a device. The following points are worth considering:
Smart doorbell/Camera: Install a switch similar to replacing a light switch. The process involves removing the old doorbell and connecting it to Wi-Fi.
Smart locks: Does your family often lose their keys? One simple solution is to replace the traditional door lock with a trackpad or keyless entry accessed by a smartphone app.
Smart Home Hubs: Amazon, Google, Apple, Nest, Samsung, and others all offer smart home hubs that allow you to interact with compatible devices through a central system. Hubs themselves are usually “plug and play” and easy to set up. However, you may need to do some initial troubleshooting to connect all the devices together.
Smart Lighting: This project is as simple as buying and installing light bulbs. However, upgrades need to be coordinated with smart home systems, as each system has its own requirements and controls. If you already have a home system, make sure the lights you choose are compatible. If you are considering buying a new system, remember that it needs to work in concert with the products you already have.
The cabinet to refresh
Updating your kitchen doesn’t require major renovations. You can create an open shelving effect by changing the pull rods for doors and drawers, painting your cabinets or removing cabinet doors to create a whole new look. Or, if you have too much wall space and too few cabinets, you can easily install open shelving from scratch. Another benefit: Open shelving homes sold for 4.2% more than expected. For cabinet tips and other ideas, here are seven ways to upgrade your kitchen without reinventing it.
The barn door
Replacing traditional revolving or closet sliding doors with barn doors that slide on rails can give your room a stunning look, as well as opening up Spaces and changing the possibilities of furniture placement. Your efforts may pay off in other ways: barn doors are associated with a 5% price premium. You’ll need a few tools, another pair of hands, and these step-by-step instructions, which include all the details of how to build and install your own sliding barn door.
Plate & strip
You may not be familiar with the term, but you’ve probably seen this classic design feature in many homes. This requires precision, which means you need the right tools, namely tape measure, level and miter saw. Be patient, too. But if you can imagine a 3D element on your drywall, you’re ready, and this guide will walk you through every step of the process.
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