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3 Weekend Projects for the Avid Remodeler

Are you a DIYer who’s itching for something to do this weekend? These projects will get your productive hands in gear and step up the look of your home a few notches, too. If you want to enjoy your weekend even more, consider hiring a master craftsman to do the work for you. Then it’s nothing but relaxation from there, especially once you see how quickly it took to achieve these fabulous upgrades.

1. Replace those old carpets with the look of wood

Turn your living room, family room or dining room into a warm and welcoming dream room with laminate flooring such as Pergo. You can achieve that same rich look that hardwood floors provide at a fraction of the cost and time.

With laminate flooring you won’t waste time on sanding, cutting, nailing, and varnishing so you can entertain on your new gorgeous floors come Sunday.

There’s a wide selection of colors and styles to choose from. It’s easy to install by yourself. It’s easy to clean and maintain. It’s durable. You can install it over cement, tile, or vinyl so you won’t need to tear up the existing floor. Overall, it’s a low cost way to update your home fast.

The installation process is so simple that even a freelance writer can do it.

When talking about Pergo, there are two types of flooring to choose from: glue and glueless. Regardless of the type you choose you’ll need a plastic vapor barrier, saw, and padding. If you choose the glue model you will also need tightening straps and tapping block. To determine how much flooring and padding you’ll need, just multiply the length of the room by the width – and add a little more just in case. You can buy your flooring at most home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. Laminate flooring comes in a box that is labeled with how many square feet it covers.

If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer but haven’t tried your hand at laying laminate flooring, you might want to take a home improvement class on flooring. Many home improvement stores offer classes free of charge.

Tips

  • Bring samples home to help you decide on color.
  • Plan the direction you want your wood planks to lay. In a narrow or long room, lay the planks lengthwise. If you’re installing the flooring in a room with a large window, lay the planks feeding toward the window.
  • You will be installing what’s called a “floating floor” and it’s important that the planks not be glued or secured to the sub-floor in any way to allow for movement with humidity and temperature. (The expansion distance is 1/4 inch in normal climates). This is important to note in areas you are installing, such as corners, angles, and openings such as doorways.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Installing-Pergo-Floors-in-Your-Home-Yourself&id=101645

http://homerenovations.about.com/lw/Home-Garden/Home-improvement-renovation/How-to-Install-a-Floating-Laminate-Floor.htm

2. Add depth and character with crown molding

Found in most expensive homes, crown molding ads a decorative touch and sense of richness. Installing crown molding is relatively easy and doesn’t require a lot of time. Depending on the materials you choose, this project can be low cost and will definitely add to the value of your home.

Crown molding is an artistic means of uniting wall with ceiling and allows you endless possibilities of creative freedom. Available in plaster and wood and in hundreds of styles, you’re sure to find the perfect molding to fit your needs. The profiles of moldings are traditionally enhanced by flower or leaf forms, geometric motifs, or spirals; however, simple crown molding can be equally beautiful.

If you’ve installed baseboards then you’ll find crown molding installation is faintly more difficult. There are a variety of different joints and saw cuts, including a coped corner joint, an outside miter, square cut, and scarfjoint. For these types of cuts you’ll need a coping saw and a power miter saw. Crown molding corners and blocks can add some pizzazz to your molding installation and make short work of those difficult inside and outside corners.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,214981,00.html

Helpful video shows “how to”

http://www.hgtv.com/topics/molding/index.html

Helpful installation and finishing guide:

http://www.mouldingandmillwork.com/installation_guides.php

3. Garage makeover

We can always use more shelving space. I’ve never known anyone to ever complain that they have too much storage space and not enough junk.

I have been house hunting lately and the one thing that really stands out is either the lack of storage and shelving or the abundance of it. Trust me, the house I choose will need a lot of built-in shelving, cabinets, and closets.

This can be a fun weekend project because you’re the creative director and the materials and ideas are unlimited.

Get organized – clean up the clutter. Here are some ideas to get more use out of your garage:

  • Shop cabinet – a place to hang tools, store sanders and all other power tools.
  • Shelving – a place for paint cans, car wash/waxing paraphernalia, garden supplies.
  • Wall workshop – incorporate cabinets, storage bins, tool pegboard, and a countertop .
  • Recycling area – organize the cans from the plastic with ease

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/organizegarage

http://www.askthebuilder.com/B160_Garage_Storage_Solutions.shtml

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