How we got started with DIY Home Renovations
My wife and I got started with DIY home renovations in a strange but cost saving way! Home DIY was a phrase we only heard on HGTV. But for us it became a reality and our new catchphrase when we decided it was time to move into a new home. Simply because we didn’t realize all the stuff we needed to do in order to move. First, we had to think about all the money we needed to spend to be able to move which included paying contractors, window installers, roofers, painters, etc. Then we got one outrageous quote after another.
The first quote was for the entire project including: replacement windows and flashing, marble counter top, brand new oil tank, paint basement floor, refinish whole house wood floor, all at a grand total of $25k. Next, we got a window quote from a window a local family operated window company. The quote came in at 25k and they would reuse the old wood. Then it went down to 17K, then 10K before I got the guy out of our living room because ultimately with these quotes we were like no way!
Moving forward, we never planned on being Home DIYers. Both my wife and I have been teachers for many years. And for many of those years my DIY experience consisted of me attempting to fix something broken around the house, by breaking it a little bit more.
Our DIY Plan
If you are going to be a DIYer, then follow DIY rule #1, Always have a plan.
After the escapade with our unreasonable home renovation quotes, I (Dr. L) told my wife “let me try to install a garage window and see how it goes.” However, as we drove to Home Depot we thought it would be a waste to install a garage window. Let’s go all in and install a bedroom window.
And like that, an agreement was reached. We brought 2 windows on a cold December day just after Christmas. And we rented a dumpster. As I begin removing the window trim and preparing to remove the old Anderson windows, I have my wife my final warning about what would happen next. I said, once it’s out it’s out. This was also a warning to me that the temperature was 30 degrees and I needed to quickly figure out this install including insulation (spray foam) and caulk. The window was in and the rest was history. We ended up buying and installing a total of 10 windows ourselves. To move us further along Amazon became our #1 shopping place! And we are here to tell you if we can be DIYers, then so can you.
We are Dr and Mrs. L., a married couple motivated by saving money on DIY home renovations.
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DIY Carpet Installation
DIY Fix Rotted Wood
DIY Painting (coming soon)
DIY Remodel Small Bathroom (coming soon)
DIY Kitchen Remodel Cabinets (coming soon)
DIY Remodel Kitchen (coming soon)
OUR DIY Renovations
Not only do we provide our experienced based insight on renovations, we also provide knowledge on repairs and fixes for common problems around the home.
DIY Bathroom Remodel
We will talk about Vanities, Vanity Lighting, Exhaust fans, moisture protection, and more.
DIY Remodel Kitchen
The exterior of the home is where the curb appeal is noticed in an instant. But even in photos your kitchen is the soul of your home. We will teach you about painting cabinets, fixing, replacing, and polishing handles and hardware. Basically a DIY remodel kitchen cabinets.
And Many Other DIY Home Projects
Our interior and exterior DIY home project tips will have you DIYing in no time!