Renovation or Restoration

lightbulb momentI am not sure what the image above has to do with this post, maybe it represents my lightbulb moment, or maybe I just liked the picture, but either way welcome to my blog! I hope my tips and tricks that I have picked up along the journey of my life will help you to maintain, restore or repair whatever project you are working on.

I find I am constantly being asked by younger relatives and friends for their advice on project in the home related to maintenance, which is why I decided to turn this old defunct hotel related website into a one stop DIY advice centre. The project is obviously going to take some time, and I  am not the worlds fastest typist, but we are on the way to creating a useful website.

So are you renovating or restoring, are you repairing or upgrading, I suppose it all boils down to the same thing; you have a room of some kind that needs work. It could be your kitchen, bedroom, garage, attic conversion, whatever, the basic principles are always the same.furniture paint

You should decide which parts of the room you would like to keep, and which you need to remove or change. Think of how you might be able to use the things that you already have and change them for the better, rather than throwing away and buying new. Very often just a coat of paint or new handles can transform an old dresser or wardrobe. Try to use reclaimed materials too whenever possible, they are cheaper and environmentally friendly.

Consider too what the room will be used for, if it is a damp location such as a bathroom or wetroom, be sure to use materials that are designed for such use, such as mould resistant paints and drywall or treated timber made for a damp environment.

Planning is the key as with most things. Decide the end result you want, then plot a path to get there by sourcing the materials you need, or by finding a local trades person that can do the job for you.

It is sometimes surprising to learn that you can get the job done for you at about the same cost as if you did it yourself. For example, a painting company gets paint at a large discount, because they are constantly buying from the supplier. You however pay full retail price. If you are considering a large paint job, the paint savings that the professional gets can offset his labour charges, getting you the job done for the same price, and saving you the hassle. Worth considering.

This is also usually true for new window installations, insulation projects, tiling and decorating. It is always worth arranging a free estimate to find out. You could save yourself hours, which can then be spent on other projects.

Another way to save money is to use recycled materials, such as paint, windows, carpet, roof tiles etc. The list is endless. Try to find an outlet near you that specialises in selling these items, or find websites, such as http://www.preloved.co.uk where you can find all kind of items, including furniture and even cars that people are just wanting to be taken away. Cool!

So that’s it for the first entry, I hope you found it useful, and I will start working on the next. Of course if you want to send me something that would be beneficial to any readers, such as hints tips and ideas, then contact me through the form on the site.

I thought I would include the video below, which is about preparing a wall prior to painting. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not doing any preparation, so here are some worthwhile tips to consider before starting your next paint project.