When it comes to home improvements, significant ones, you might believe that you need to take two weeks off work to allow time to get it all done, when in fact there are lots of jobs that can be carried out over a weekend and completed without the help of a tradesman.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of home improvements you can schedule in to get done this weekend. You can thank us later!
- Lay laminate or vinyl flooring
Click and stick flooring has made everyone’s lives infinitely easier and now we can completely revamp a tired looking kitchen or bedroom floor in a couple of days, with our own two hands.
Many DIY stores offer a huge range of high quality flooring for reasonably cheap prices. You don’t even need to buy glue to use with them; you simply peel off the sticker on the back and then secure the pre-glued tile or strip of flooring down – it’s basically plug and play for the home.
- Install underfloor heating
This project might be a little trickier than click and stick flooring detailed above and you might need a little expert help but it can be done in a weekend if you are laying it in a small space. For example, if your utility room is freezing in the winter or the downstairs bathroom is more habitable for penguins in the morning then underfloor heating is a good move.
We suggest opting for an electric system, which can be easily laid yourself – all you need to do is bring in a qualified electrician to connect the mats to your existing heating system. It’s also a good idea to connect them to a thermostat you can control, thermostats from The Underfloor Heating Store are a good choice and many of their models can even let you control your heating from an app on your phone. Neat.
- Build a fire pit
A fire pit will enhance any outdoor space and make those parties in the summer with friends a much more enjoyable experience. You can easily complete the project within a weekend – just be sure to choose a warm one so the concrete dries quickly – and use whatever materials you like to match your garden. We’ve found this great tutorial to read through and follow, should you decide to set up a fire pit in your back garden.
- Paint or wallpaper a room
The easiest way to enhance any room in the house is to simply redecorate with paint or wallpaper. Take a morning to clear everything out, get busy with a roller or wallpaper paste in the afternoon, leave to dry overnight and the next morning and then move everything back in by Sunday evening. Job done! Before you start choose your paint colour wisely, otherwise you’ll waste valuable time doing extra trips to the shop to pick up different paint.
- Patch up a gravel driveway
Gravel driveways can end up messy and plagued with potholes over time, so use your time wisely over a weekend to improve yours – you probably won’t need more than a day!
First start off by raking any areas that look sparse and check to see how much needs filling, measure the gaps and depth to work out how much you need and order gravel of a similar type. Once your gravel arrives simply spread it evenly over the driveway and then rake and shovel it into place. Once this is done drive slowly over the gravel for a couple of months to help it settle.
So there you have it, five easy home improvements you can complete over the space of weekend to enhance your home and if you rope in other people to help, you might just get them done even quicker!