The DIY-Style Demo that Saved $1500
There are a ton of reasons to take on DIY design. It’s a great way to save money. It builds pride and confidence in one’s self. It gives you a stronger connection to projects you complete. It adds value to your space. It can keep you in shape, and even keep your mind sharper. This list goes on and on. Mark Frauenfelder, editor and chief of the DIY-centered Make magazine, Huffington Post contributor, and DIY enthusiast writes:
- “An opportunity to use your hands and your brain. Human beings evolved opposable thumbs for a reason. The sense of reward you get from making something with your hands can’t be earned any other way. It’s obvious that people learn faster from “hands-on” experience than they do watching someone else do something. (No wonder kids ask, “Can I try?” when they see their parents using a tool or appliance.) And when people engage in DIY activities like knitting, their heart rate and blood pressure go down. We are tool-using animals and our bodies feel better when we’ve got tools in our hands.”
We’ve done hundreds of DIY projects over the last few years. Here are a few of our favorites just from this project:
This is proof that DIY projects don’t have to be difficult to impact a space!
Admittedly, there are some situations in home improvement where specialized skills are required, but for many tasks, a little time and elbow grease is all it takes.
This is the case with the latest step toward completing my mom and dad’s living room, dining room, and foyer project. One of the major milestones of this project was getting to the floor install.
Good news! We are just about there. We got all the new furniture and decor pieces moved to other rooms so we could start prepping for the new floors. This DIY project was a simple concept that was a lot of work to execute.
Here you can see all three surfaces of the living room, foyer, and dining room.
Even though I have been really excited to reach this point (remember, the entire project started due to a flooring bid), I’ve also been a little nervous about how overwhelming all the work would be. Not only did we have to remove the carpeting in the living room and dining room, we also were tackling the carpet on the stairs, the upstairs landing, and all the hardwood in the entry and front hallway.
Doing the work ourselves is a tremendous savings. DIY demo is one of the easiest ways to save a whole lot of money. Demolition doesn’t take a lot of thinking, or a lot of direction. Once we had a very simple plan in order, which consisted of leaving a few floor boards in place near designated transition areas, we were off to the races. Also, since there isn’t lots of direction needed, DIY demo is a great time to recruit friends and family to help. Which is exactly what we did!
Ripping up the carpet and floors was the easy part. Pulling up all the staples and nailing and screwing in parts of the loose sub-floor was tedious, but it will ensure that the new floor is as level as possible. It will also get rid of any creaking when the new floors are walked on. Creaking was a major issue in the foyer.
My sisters and dad in action!
Be prepared to find anything when you demo.
I’ve seen many shows on HGTV where the designers find long lost letters, old newspapers, or other wonderful and heart-warming keepsakes. We had our own discovery too…except it wasn’t one that brought joy or smiles…
That was carved into the dining room floor
It was shocking, appalling, and sad to find a disturbing message but my family literally could be an advertisement for the United Colors of Benetton so we rallied and moved on!
Here’s a Christmas photo from 3 years ago…lots of us and lots of colors!
What a difference a day makes!
I was nervous about all the work we needed to do (and it was a lot), but in only one day, the floors went from this…
With just one day of hard work, we saved about $1500! Totally worth it! Next step, getting the new floors in! Woohoo!!! Here’s a little preview of what they’ll look like.
Would you take on a DIY project like this? Have you ever done DIY demo? Share your experience with us in the comments below!