Welcome to BetterLiving's collection of DIY projects. Illustrated plans and step by step instructions are included for each project.
Many of us get into DIY to save money, and as long as we follow the basic principles we will usually succeed. But there is another angle to doing your own building work not often considered, it can help minimise your tax.
When we first thought about renovating our kitchen, we had grand ideas of knocking out walls and installing brand new joinery. But, as is often the case, when we started working out costs our plans had to be scaled back. We ended up spending about NZ$1,500 all up (less than US$1,000).
Most people get into DIY to save money, although there is also a certain sense of satisfaction that comes with doing your own renovations and other projects. But costly mistakes can eat into your savings. Here is our list of the top five ways to keep costs down when you go DIY.
One of my first jobs was as a construction worker with a concrete team, so I learnt a thing or two about the material. This knowledge came in very handy when we bought our first house and started landscaping. Some people find working with concrete scary, perhaps because if you make a mistake it can be very hard to go back. But there is really not much to it once you know what you are doing.
Making your own compost is rewarding on many different levels. If you are into recycling then you will love turning your own food and garden waste into something useful. For the home gardener, compost will improve the soil structure and fertility.
Whether you have just installed a new internal door, or you have an old door that needs a new door knob, you may be asking yourself if you should attempt to install the door knob yourself. The door knob sets found at most hardware stores are not difficult for the confident DIYer to install. We have a few tips to get you started.
Peat pots are a great way to give your young seedlings a head start. Seedlings hate having their roots disturbed, and transplanting can set their growth back by several days even under the best conditions. But peat pots are expensive. A great alternative is newspaper pots.
build this small greenhouse to protect your young seedlings from low temperatures before planting them in the garden.
Free plans for a simple soil sieve that will help you sift homemade compost or garden soil. Get lumps and stones out of your garden soil.