Kitchen remodeling DIY - Do It Yourself

Bringing your kitchen remodeling/improvement budget in line with a little DIY.


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The cost of kitchen remodeling can be prohibitive. But anyone with some basic building skill and desire can reduce budget requirements significantly by doing some of the tasks themselves.

Many home improvement centers offer free clinics to teach some of the more basic tasks of kitchen remodeling. In many cases the simple know-how offered in these clinics is more than enough for anyone to do a competent job for only the cost of materials.

Books and magazines are another source of information that can turn anyone into a kitchen remodeling or decorating do-it-yourself pro. Be be aware though that books might not offer the most current building information, as new superior materials come on the market almost daily.

The cost of professional help from plumbers or electricians will need to be factored into your kitchen remodeling budget. These types of improvement jobs are best left to the professionals unless you are quite confident of your skills. But keep in mind that in the event of water damage repair or fire, your insurance company might not cover losses if the work is not done to local codes and ordinances.

Things like painting, laying tile, decorating, are well within the reach of any homeowner with a clinic under the belt. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. If you're laying tile and have never done it before, or haven't done it in a while, you might consider practicing before you start. Visit local tile recyclers. You can find tiles of the same size as the ones you plan on using for only pennies. Get a 4x4 sheet of 1 inch thick particle board, plywood, or backer board and practice laying the tiles according to what you learned at the clinic. You can avoid having to repair your work after a little practice.

Do as much of the improvement work as you can yourself, so long as you are comfortable with your skill level. In addition to controlling your remodeling budget, the results are your own creative, fun, custom accomplishment you can be proud of. Just make sure to realize your limitations, and let the professionals do the work you're not comfortable with doing yourself. A botched job will cost three times as much once ruined materials are removed, discarded, and replaced by a professional. So make sure you're confident.

Be realistic about your skill level when DIY, trying to save money on your kitchen remodeling budget. Home improvement center clinics can provide a wide range of knowledge to help reduce big parts of your budget.

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