Lay laminate or vinyl flooring
Two of the most popular flooring trends for 20182—laminate and waterproof luxury vinyl—also happen to be relatively easy to install. Either option will probably require a saw, subfloor, and a few inexpensive flooring tools.
Build an outdoor fire pit
Chilly evenings are a lot more fun when you have a backyard fire pit to roast marshmallows or hotdogs on. This project does require some masonry work, but even if you don’t have experience with that, it’s OK—this is actually a good project to learn from. Give yourself a few days from start to finish to let the concrete set.
Transform your garage with epoxy flooring
If you want to makeover your garage, consider epoxy flooring. This thick material covers minor cracks and stains in concrete, is durable and easy to clean up, and makes your garage look like a showroom. To have epoxy professionally done costs $1,000 or more, depending on the size of your garage, but you can do it yourself for a fraction of that cost.
If you’re advanced...
Up for a challenge? These advanced home renovation ideas can transform the look of your home, add more space, or make it a more enjoyable place for your family.
Build a pergola
A pergola can help make your backyard an attractive gathering place for friends and family, and you can build it yourself if you’re up to the task. Check out these blueprints and step-by-step instructions.
Install a tile shower
If you have a fiberglass shower enclosure or old tile that’s begging for an update, you can redo your entire shower—with accent tiles included—in a few days. This project involves demolition, so you might want to grab a friend or two to help.
Finish your basement
A finished basement is one of the smartest projects you can undertake. It not only adds an extra living area to your home, but it also provides a 70 percent return on your investment, on average.
Doing most of the work yourself can help you cut costs, but make sure to hire a pro for things like electrical or plumbing if you feel like it may be out of your area of expertise.
Whether you want to spend a few hours repainting or are ready to tackle something more advanced, these projects are definitely worth a try.