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Cheap DIY Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

October 24, 2017

This short video demonstrates how a kitchen renovation does not need to cost the earth. It can be cheap! In 2014, we have access to heaps of reviews on products before buying.

If you are renovating your kitchen on a budget, shop around, don’t be tempted just to get someone in to do the whole lot. If you do your homework, there are great savings to be made!

Kitchens are not hard to fit these days! I have a full time job, and just fit one cupboard per evening. If you are doing a kitchen renovation on a budget, DIY it as much as you can.

A Couple’s Decision to DIY their Home Renovation

September 24, 2017

Do you feel excited when:
1. You’ve collected your new nest key?
2. You’re discussing your interior design of your new place?
3. You’re shopping around for your furniture and fittings at megastore?

But at the same time, do you have these feelings?
1. Haiz, it’s really expensive for a house of this size” – when you first step into your new nest
2. “Sian.. it’s really a huge sum involved” – when you turn to the last page of the renovation quotation,
3. OrhKay, let’s look at other models”, when you flip the price tag of the furniture…

Well, we go through the same feelings and process as most people nowadays. However, we dealt with it differently with our BIG house. For that reason, we are delighted to be invited by Renonation.sg to pen down our house transformation experience and share with you!!

DIY self stick tile laying & Bathroom renovation home improvement

August 24, 2017

DIY self stick tile laying & Bathroom renovation home improvement.

I bought all the parts at Lowes near me in Kissimmee Florida.

These self stick DIY tiles have a 25 year warranty and really look great!

I replaced our old toilet with a new water saver one, I priced out redoing the one I had vs replacing it and the new one was only $45 more so it was a no brainier.

I hope you find this video inspiring and you upgrade your bathroom and have fun doing it.. This whole project cost under $200 and made a nice difference.

I hope you enjoy your weekend,

All the best,
Home improvement & tile DIY

Home Design | DIY Home Improvement Made Easy

July 24, 2017

Home design and diy home improvement projects are two topics that a lot of people need help with. I can shed some light here. I have been a carpenter and contractor for over 30 years and have a vast knowledge when it comes to bedroom designs, interior design ideas, and handyman renovation projects that almost anyone can do themselves with a little bit of instruction.

I have seen it all over the years. The mistakes that people make when trying to complete projects on their own without getting advice first is absolutely mind blowing. Just taking the time to talk with a professional or doing a little research could have saved a lot of money for these people. Even a small job not done correctly can turn into an absolute nightmare and a very expensive repair quite easily. Not knowing the difference between cosmetic walls and functional load-bearing walls can spell disaster for a lot of people.

The vast majority of DIYers today are interested in bathroom design, small kitchen design and basement ideas. All of these areas are delicate and must be handled correctly. On this Youtube
channel, you will find various videos about all of these things as well as others that you may not have thought about but would be interested in learning more about. I am constantly updating and adding videos so subscribe to my channel to stay up to date.


Along with interior designing ideas, I also delve into exterior renovation projects that can vastly increase the value of your home.

Home Improvement Geek DIY

June 24, 2017

After experiencing some audio issues with speakers installed in the bathroom, I realized that it was time for a change. I decided to go with Polk Audio RC60i and the slightly larger RC80i in-ceiling speakers.

You can find them here:



Specs of the RC60i:

– Features –
Pair of in-ceiling/in-wall speakers with a round shape and flush design to mimic the look of an unobtrusive recessed lighting fixture
Equipped with one 6.5-inch dynamic-balance, polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround
Frequency Response: 40Hz – 20kHz
Equipped with one 0.75-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter in ball-and-socket swivel mount
Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves

– Technical Details –
Brand Name: Polk Audio
Model: AW0060-A
Color Name: White
Speaker Type: Left / right channel speakers
Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
Speakers Maximum Output Power: 40 Watts
Speakers Response Bandwidth: 40 – 20000 Hz
Speaker Connectivity: Wired
Height: 3.0 inches
Width: 9.0 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
Warranty: 5 years warranty

Specs of the RC80i:

– Features –
Pair of 2-way in-ceiling/in-wall speakers timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series for seamless imaging
Equipped with one 8-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone
Frequency response: 35Hz – 20kHz
Equipped with one 1-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with 15-degree-swivel mount
Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves

– Technical Details –
Brand Name: Polk Audio
Model: AW0080-B
Color Name: White
Speaker Type: Left / right channel speakers
Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
Speakers Maximum Output Power: 100 Watts
Speakers Response Bandwidth: 35 – 20000 Hz
Speaker Connectivity: Wired
Height: 3.5 inches
Width: 10.75 inches
Weight: 10.3 pounds
Warranty: 5 years warranty


Livework family of 3 DIY small home remodel

May 24, 2017

Architect Sarah Deeds used to live alone with her cat in a 700 square foot attic floor apartment. To create a guest room in her one bedroom space, she built a bookshelf ladder up to a loft (She’s not a carpenter, but she’s spent years learning to build her own furniture and tinkering on her home).

Then her boyfriend, carpenter John McBride moved in with his dog. To create a home office (for her) and a practice space (for his beginning cello), they built a 120-square-foot backyard studio from salvaged self-milled redwood (see our video Architect & carpenter craft tiny backyard 120-sq-ft studio)

Last year, they added one more to their household with their baby Willa. Her bed is in their room, her changing space is in the living room (and to keep the litter box out of the baby’s way, they built it into the closet with a cat door through the wall for access), but for now, they’re still happy with their small home because it helps them keep life simple.

Deeds Design: http://deedsdesign.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/livework-professional-suburban-family-3-diy-setup/

33 DIY Apartment Decor ideas

April 24, 2017

Our 33 DIY Apartment Decor ideas started from:
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1. A a cheap custom remnant rug Use fabric medium and acrylic paint.

2. Adhere some gold leaf to canvas pillow covers.
Prod: http://www.hm.com/us/product/12939

3. Modernize your childhood dresser with a fresh coat of paint ..
DIY: http://www.leopardandplaid.com/blog/2…
Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/antique-dresser

4. Paint and frame four doormats for a faux-wood headboard.
DIY: http://karapaslaydesigns.com/diy-west…
Prod: http://goo.gl/o1mXc2
Prod: http://goo.gl/7wY5Q2

5. Or, nail salvaged wood together to get a minimal but warm headboard.
DIY part 1: http://goo.gl/HJSqwL
DIY part 2: http://goo.gl/tt9edF
part 3:http://goo.gl/DBG2jU

6. OR, dumpster-dive for an old door, and paint it a fun color.
DIY: http://mysocaldlife.com/from-front-do…

7. Turn a 1×1 cubby into a sleek side table use IKEA expedit shelf or similar.
DIY: http://sugarandcloth.com/2013/08/diy-…
Elsewhere: http://goo.gl/6cXGdN

8. Or, screw some hairpin legs to a stained or painted crate.
DIY: http://www.dwellbeautiful.com/the-gre…

9. ~Orrr~ build your own wooden top for your hairpin legs.

10. Cover a boring mirror with a lovely fabric

11. Warm up your entry way with an Anthropologie-like paper flower garland.

12. Cover an ugly planter with a pretty rocks cover.

13. Pick out some tough fabric and sew a slipcover for a utility bucket.

14. a custom living room ottoman from old pallet with foam, batting, and fabric.

15. a portable ottoman for small apartment from an old cable spool.

16. Add simple legs to an IKEA table top to get a midcentury-style coffee table,

17. Mount a cool octopus art shower curtain on a basic wood frame.

18. a pretty framed shadow shelves from old picture frames and wooden boxes.

19. Glue felt around wooden dowels to get a cheap and pretty magazine holder.

20. Recover and paint ugly cheap chairs to get a pretty guest seating.

21. Hot glue paint chips to the inside of a poster frame for a dry erase calendar ..

22. a pretty plant stand from Balance a marble tile on a copper pipe frame.

23. Secure an old suitcase to a TV table for a small but stylish All-age soda bar cart.

24. Turn a couple of IKEA pieces into a trendy drink table with some gold spray paint.

25.a simple hanging shelf from a sisal rope and painted board

26. a colorful bench from a piece of wood with a pretty blanket and hairpin legs.

27. a beautiful succulent planter from two bowls and some concrete.

28. pretty mini hangers or cute ombré pots for your kitchen window.

29. Edge a simple round mirror in copper tape.
Prod: http://goo.gl/gVrh11
DIy: http://makerssociety.com.au/diy-coppe…

30. Or, adhere copper leaf to a framed mirror.
DIY use metallic leaf: http://goo.gl/qcq899

31. Drill holes in the side of a ceramic pot and turn as hanging garden decor.

32. a plastic or wooden dowel for the hang air plants with copper spray paint for your bathroom

33. Marble a vase by floating nail polish in a bowl of water.
Music: happiness | http://www.bensound.com

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The Most Beautiful Driveway built with Concrete Brick Pavers By N. Ricardo’s Brick Pavers, Inc.

March 24, 2017

The Most Beautiful Driveway built with Concrete Brick Pavers By N. Ricardo’s Brick Pavers, Inc.

Mobile: 954-369-7244 (prompt answer)
Toll FREE: 800-341-0651
Brick Pavers Patterns Colors and Shapes

Imagine having your new driveways, pool decks, side walks, patios, walkways, steps, walks and other custom designs built with the utmost quality.

Beautiful marble pool deck built by N. Ricardo’s and

Here’s what one of clients has to say about a new recent driveway remodeling project done in Miami:

This is the time of the year to give a boost to your home’s appearance, isn’t it? Aren’t you tired of that old driveway? What about that out of style patio?

Gorgeous walkway recently completed by N. Ricardo’s and

We are experts building driveways throughout the entire South Florida. We know every code there’s to know from any city. We can help you to get the permit either from the city or from your own association. It’s a breeze working with us. We will help you every step of the way.

You can count on experts to install your new driveway. This (Shaddock Lane Boca Raton FL) is a beautiful marble driveway recently completed at the Bocaire Country Club in Boca Raton. See, when a professional is really good at what he does, the word of mouth works wonders. At the same Condominium (Bocaire Country Club) we have built 4 driveways (2 marble + 2 brick) and 1 marble pool deck. 95% of our clients come from words of mouth. You can be certain that means something. You watch several videos of the work we recently completed: http://www.brickpaversmiami.com/Photo…

Dear Mr. Ricardo,

Our new brick paved driveway and patio which your company installed have added much value to our property. From start to finish, we were impressed with your timeliness, honesty, and great team effort. Who knew you could install a well constructed driveway in just a few days! We really enjoy the new look of our front yard and we have had lots of compliments from our neighbors. You and your company will be highly recommended to our friends.

Sincerely, Rafael and Julie Trujillo …. 16 CT Fort Lauderdale FL June 2007

Note: Just get in touch with us and after we give you a free estimate we will let you know Rafael and Julie Trujillo email and phone number above. This way you may contact him and get the specifics of the work.

“May 29, 2007
Dear Mr. Ricardo,

Please accept our thanks for a spectacular job performed by your company. Our pool deck and patio areas look absolutely beautiful with the new pavers. We are especially impressed with the paving job done on our waterfront patio which is winding and very intricate. You are quite the artisans!

When our new shrubs are planted, we feel that our condominium will have the loveliest waterfront in Pompano Beach in part, thanks to your efforts.


Gael M. Corbin, Secretary Waterbury Condominium Board of Directors”

“Hello Nilson:
Thank you so much the wonderful job you’ve completed at my house at the Bocaire Country Club in Boca Raton. I loved it. Your team finished the job on time. I particularly appreciate the attention to detail that was given every step of the way. At all times the site job was very clean. For me that is very important. I am a very detail oriented person.

Nilson, thank you for advising me which material to use in this project. The quality of the marble and the color that you’ve suggested were great! The final result was exactly what I was expecting.

I was dazzled with the skills you and your crew demonstrated setting the pattern with the four different sizes of Turkish marble. Very impressive!

Every time I’ve approached your crew they were very polite to me.

I was so happy with the work that you’ve performed at my place that I’ve mentioned you to a few friends at the Bocaire Country Club. I am so glad that a few of the them already hired you to execute projects at their houses.

Looking forward to hire you again in my next project”

Mrs. Pickman 17136 Cassava Way
Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561) 994-6459″

May 2007

Note: Thanks for Mrs. Pickman recommendation I am completing my 5th project at the same condominium in the Bocaire Country Club.

“I am so happy with the professional service I received from you and your company. There isn’t one person that doesn’t come to my house and compliment the work you have done. I would definitely use you again, and also as you already saw, would recommend you to anyone that asked me.
Thank you so much for your wonderful work!

Allen Chelminsky
Miami, FL
September 2007

Note: Mr. Chelminsky recommended my company to three different friends at the same condominium in Miami. And everyone is absolutely happy with the results of the work.

Just get in touch with us and after we give you a free estimate w

How To Seal An Asphalt Driveway

February 24, 2017

Why spend thousands to pay for someone to repair your asphalt driveway when you can do it yourself. If you haven’t already cleaned and repaired your driveway visit http://youtu.be/FSrVEUaL7YE.

For this project you will need an asphalt sealer, paint brush and an asphalt driveway brush with squeegee. Apply two thin coats one that runs horizontally and then one that runs vertically from left to right. To begin sealing, after mixing the sealant thoroughly, use a brush to mark around the edges. Using the squeegee or the brush pour sealant and even out on the driveway. Be sure to apply the two thing coats first horizontally then vertically. Allow the sealer to dry according to the manufacturers instructions.

A once cracked driveway, now is cleaned, repaired and resealed. For more helpful videos visit https://www.Lowes.com/Videos.

Subscribe to Lowe’s YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lowes

Or head to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/Lowes

Simple Wood Gate Done Beautifully

January 24, 2017

This very simple wood gate looks very clean and modern. The iron is galvanized and the screws in the wood has been covered with plastic. The hinges are heavy duty. The whole project was done very well.

Gates Los Angeles is a division of Mulholland Security Centers, Inc. We have been in the security business for over 20 years and have fabricated and installed security gates for hundreds of Southland families and businesses. We now have offices in North Hollywood and in Malibu.

Many large co-operations, gated communities, management companies and neighborhoods rely on Mulholland’s expertise and education in the security arena. Mulholland is a security company that has earned a sterling reputation for quality work. Our tradition is one of excellence.

We have a A+ Better Business Bureau rating and have won every Angies List Superior Service Award for as long as the company has been in existence.

Our Automatic Gate Fabrication, Installation and Repair Company is made up of a dedicated individuals who are routinely produce gates that exceed the expectations of our customers. We are the longest running and most respected gate service in Southern California.

Our reputation has been developed years of quality driveway gate service.

Lots of people are interested in driveway gates and fences because they want to add curb appeal to their homes.
Others were looking for added security and safety. It does not matter why, whatever your reason, our fence/gate contractors can make your vision become true.

If you are looking for a reputable, driveway gate company that sets and achieves high standards; then look no further.

At Gates Los Angeles Automatic Gate Repair Company we have designers and experienced iron, wood and stainless steel craftsmen who make gates and fences that are functioning pieces of art.
You will get all the help you need to design your own custom made gate. You might want a swinging gate or, possibly, a sliding gate.

Our Driveway Gates Service repairs and installs all the different types of gates and gate openers.
We offer different gates for different purposes and for both commercial and residential:

  • wrought iron gates
  • sliding gates
  • swing gates
  • overhead gates
  • barrier arm gates
  • automatic driveway gates
  • electric gates
  • parking garage gates
  • driveway gates
  • pedestrian gates
  • walk through gates

We offer a Gate Repair & Install Service better than any other in Southern California. As a customer service oriented driveway gate company we know how vital a quality repair and installation is to our clients.
We understand that our typical Southern California resident wants to know they can get gate repair service at any time they might need it.

Our emergency gate repair service is on call twenty four/seven.
You can’t predict when you will need driveway gate repair.
Our gate repair service can address these issues and more:

  • gate opener repair/installation
  • exit loop installation/repair
  • safety gate sensor repair/install
  • gate motor installation
  • broken hinge repair
  • post repair
  • gate wheels repair
  • hinges welding

We can repair or install every individual part of a gate or fence and when it comes to costs; our price will be very good.

We also have an excellent intercom Installation Service.

Having intercom and phone systems mounted on the gates brings a significant increase in your family security and safety measures. We install a telephone entry systems and keypad telephone entry systems for both residential and commercial projects.

The rationale of having a intercom service on your gate is to be able to easily identify those who want to enter your property.

You don’t want people getting all the way to your door before you can identify them!

Our keypad systems can be set up to require people to enter a code for entrance. We also offer voice identification or visual identification systems.

There are many options for driveway gates and our Automatic Gate Repair Company experts will be more than happy to walk you through the possibilities and the process step by step.

If you have never visually experienced a wrought iron fence or gate then your eyes are missing out on something unique and appealing.

We only use the finest quality materials in creating our gates. Besides just fences and gates, we also make

  • retaining walls
  • security doors
  • window guards
  • railings
  • pool enclosures
  • dog runs
  • pipe corrals
  • cages