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improvement or home renovation
is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Often, a
professional handyperson is hired to perform the improvements but,
typically, most improvements are done on an amateur DIY basis by the
While it most often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, home renovation can include improvements to lawns and gardens and outbuildings like gazebos and garages.
Home improvement projects generally have one or more of the following goals:
Beautification & added features
Tired of that same look in your kitchen and now ready to make some changes but do not know where to start? Maybe you know where to start but feel that it takes thousands of dollars to make changes in a home? Wrong!
At what time you consider improving your home you will need to set up a budget. Sure, it will cost you money, but it will not cost you thousands of dollars to remodel a kitchen unless you hire professionals. Most home improvement materials come with systematic instructions that will guide you through the process of improving your home.
The down side is most instruction guides I have ever seen are foreign in nature, since many guide builders think on their own level and most times not good with English. For example, I edited and typed in a Dovetail Fixture guide, which were about 52 pages in length. At what time I read the guide I thought to myself, these people are going to have difficulty putting this thing together.
I had never heard of a Dovetail Fixture, but felt I was more competent to put it together without the manuscript instructions. When I finished the guide in 8 hours, it took one hour to put the thing together. Before the guide was finished the service people tried for two weeks to get that critter up and running, thus the point is instructions can be difficult.
Still, if the instructions for home improving are difficult - read the steps over until you finally see where the instructions are heading. If you have problems with some of the technical words look them up in the dictionary to grasp a meaning and place it with the step.
Before starting the improvement steps - layout a plan to determine what you want to do with your kitchen. The kitchen has multiple areas, including dining area, cooking area, and so forth. Depends on the size of your kitchen, but few kitchens measure at angles, distance, length and width, thus determine the size of the kitchen is important for home improvement.
When considering home improving your kitchen and after laying out your plans, do not forget spacing. Most counter areas require spacing for sitting, thus about two foot should be tossed in the layout of your home improvement plan.
Well now, you have the plans laid out and ready to install your new cabinets. If you are wondering where to start with the cabinets consider home depots where they offer ready to install systems. The cabinets today come with ready-made blueprints that help you see which direction your kitchen is going, as well as well drawn out computerized instructions including graphs and charts to get you up and running to the finish line.
If you plan to laminate your countertops you will need a few tools out of the ordinary, but for the most part, you will have all the tools you need before you start your project. The tools for laminating counter tops include compass, masking tape, jigsaw, silicone, strips, pre-drilled holes, wrench, miter bolts and so forth. Do not let the technicality of the terms confuse you.
If you have difficulty understand what you need, write down any information given to you to get you on your way to improving your home. If you feel threatened by laminate countertops, you may want to revert to tiling the tops. You will need matching caulk, ‘polished-granite sealer,” MDF base, or plywood, fiberglass joint tape, tile backer, saw ... and so forth.
If you want to get fancy, you could tile your walls, especially in particular areas of the kitchen. For example, you could add fancy tile behind the stove area to setoff a new paint job, or else tile the entire kitchen. Adding tile behind the stove area, especially if you have hardwood areas in the kitchen will give off a country-fried appeal. Otherwise, you could go for another grander appeal with the use of tile. Tile is wonderful, since it allows more room for creativity.
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