Buying your first house is a huge accomplishment, congratulations! But to make it really feel like your home you need to make your mark. To some people DIY is a way of life, to others it is just a necessity. Whatever your perspective, these DIY tips and ideas will help turn your house into a home and save you money along the way.
Replace light fixtures
Whether your home was newly built or previously loved, the first DIY project that you should consider is changing the light fixtures. This project can be completed in just a matter of hours, but will make a world of difference. Light fixtures set the mood for your room and can be as formal or creative as you choose.
The hardest part of changing the light fixtures is choosing which ones you want, and that is a big decision. They will set the tone for the rest of your décor and can even be a focal point themselves.
Before you start replacing the fixtures, remember to turn the power off at the fuse box!
Many people choose to leave painting to the professionals, but as long as you take your time and do your research you stand to save a lot of money by doing it yourself. You will have to invest in a roller, tape, and brushes, (and a tarp to lay on the floor) but aside from that, getting started is as simple as choosing your colour scheme and buying your paint.
Recycle and compost
Set up bins in accessible locations to store your plastic, glass, metal, and paper waste. This makes recycling easier and prevents the temptation of throwing recyclables away. Even though most homes in Ontario now have green bins, consider building a backyard compost heap to make your own fertilizer – the perfect project if you have a green thumb and a landscape to play with.
Many first time homebuyers get too focused on the inside of their new house, but your front and back yards also make a huge difference. Something as simple as keeping your lawn regularly maintained will keep your house looking respectable.
Landscaping has a lot of possibilities so adding your own flair should be simple. Visit your local garden centre for everything that you might need, and take inspiration from online guides and the many magazines that cover landscaping. Landscaping can be as extravagant or understated as you choose, it all depends on your taste and the amount of work that you want to put into it.
Use stone to add sophistication to your home’s interior and exterior
Fusion Stone is a stone veneer that gives an authentic stone look at a fraction of the weight and cost. It is easy to install, comes in a range of colours, textures and styles, and only requires tools that any DIYer has (or should have) to install. Plus, Fusion Stone is energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and – best of all – will transform any interior or exterior wall in a matter of hours!
First time home buyers love working with Fusion Stone because there is no messy cement, no heavy stone slabs, and no risk because it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
If you can handle a drill and power saw then you can create a beautiful backsplash in your new kitchen or bathroom, define your living room with an accent wall, protect and style the façade of your house, or create a project that is completely unique. The only limit is your imagination.