Here are a few remodeling ideas for the house. The prudent homeowner will tackle as a do-it-yourselfer only those projects within his own budget and mechanical ability.
Avoid economic surprises by pricing a materials list and subcontract costs before deciding to go ahead.
One of the best money savers for a homeowner is an annual touch-up program on the exterior paint.
Each year, spots develop here and there on wood siding or fascia boards. If unattended, they enlarge and deteriorate. If they're ignored for a few years, such blisters trigger a bad appearance, requiring an unnecessarily early repainting expense.
Come springtime each year, check those spots that are suspect. After sanding them, touch them up with a good primer and repaint to match the existing decor.
You may thus extend the life of the exterior paint an extra year or two. Replacing floor tiles
Are kitchen and bath resilient floors a bit shabby, defying cleaning and waxing?
Consider removing the old stuff and installing new material, either in sheet goods or tile. For an amateur, resilient tile is easier to install than sheet goods. In either case a 4-inch, top-set resilient base is the ticket.
Proper preparation of the substrate will help make the new flooring professional in appearance and longevity. The store selling the flooring can provide detailed instructions from the manufacturer's mouth on how to remove or prepare the old flooring for the new.
Ask about the kind of mastic to use, layout method, tools needed, and whether tile or sheet goods best suit your particular project.
That fresh-looking kitchen or bath might give you a very happy ''thank you,'' not to mention how many points you might score with your beaming spouse. An overlay for the patio
Is that concrete patio or terrace sporting some unsightly cracks or discoloration?
How about an overlay of common brick laid dry or mortared? Bricklaying is a lot of fun to do and it is sure to dress up the patio. Completing a room
As to that unfinished room in the attic or basement, would you like to complete it for a play or game area or for a family room?
First, plan it on paper. Detail wall and ceiling dimensions and materials, both rough and finished.
From the plans, take off a materials list piece by piece and area by area so the materials can be priced and delivered in one swoop. Install rough and finished materials as time and talent allow.
Don't forget wall, ceiling, and floor insulation, even if the house is in a moderate climate. Insulation is one of the best investments there is.
Finish treatments on wall and ceiling and the new floor covering will delight the occupants, giving a new dimension to the life style. A bedroom in the garage
Many families could use another bedroom.
A garage conversion is a relatively inexpensive, dandy way to add on without really adding on.
Cover walls and ceiling with dry wall or wood paneling after installing thermal insulation. Remove the garage door and erect an insulated stud wall with windows. Cover the outside with matching wall material and finish.
You can convert that garage into a welcome bedroom or even a playroom for the young ones in the family and it won't cost you too much for the conversion, either.