6 Cheap DIY Home Building and Improvement Ideas

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DIY home building projects are a great way to improve comfort and increase home value. Moreover, they give homeowners and inhabitants a sense of belonging. These projects also give the satisfaction that comes with admiring the results of the work.

Some home improvement projects involve huge costs and do not necessarily increase the value of the property. Others require minimum budgets and add considerable equity. Let’s review the most affordable and worthwhile ideas in the following lines.

1. Blown-in Attic Insulation

With as little as $500 per 1000 sq. feet, homeowners can improve their home’s insulation and energy efficiency, save money on their electricity bills, and boost the value of their property. The most common types of blown-in attic insulation are fiberglass, cellulose, and rock wool fiber.

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Most DIY home building projects like adding attic insulation can be completed in 1-2 days and do not require special skills. Their benefits become noticeable immediately and include:

  • Sound insulation
  • Resistance to airflow and moisture
  • Pest repelling properties
  • Resistance to fire and corrosion
  • Flexible design
  • Longer lifespan of the roof cover

The only drawback to this home improvement project is that it requires special equipment for blowing the insulation and it can get quite messy. The equipment can be rented, though. And, the mess can be avoided by protecting the attic floor with nylon sheets. Wear old clothes to help getting the mess on you.

2. Smart Home Technology

​Smart home technology isn't just convenient, it also allows you to save money while improving the value of your home. 

Therefore, any technology that allows them to control their home from their mobile device will be worth it. Smart home systems improve home security. They also add a lot of convenient functions, like video surveillance, lights, and temperature control.

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Their costs start from under $200. Benefits of these are impressive. With their help, homeowners can receive notifications whenever:

  • Someone breaks into their home
  • Temperatures drop or increase to a certain level
  • Someone gets into a special interest area
  • ​Sensors detect smoke or gas leaks

No wonder the smart home security market is expected to grow to $18 billion worldwide by 2020. The good news is that keeping up with trends is not that expensive. Homeowners can start with a basic system. This includes the base unit, a camera, and a couple of sensors.

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Add new components gradually. Homeowners can choose between professional monitoring services and self-monitored systems. What matters is that everyone can feel connected and secure.

3. Bathroom Updates

Although it is one of the smallest and less seen rooms of a home, the bathroom is very important. Updates to it always boost homeowner comfort and satisfaction and they add equity. They do not have to be budget-breaking solutions either.

Think of small and practical changes. Here are a few ideas:

  • New light fixtures
  • New shower curtain
  • New mirror
  • Brushed nickel fixtures
  • New paint

With a little over $1,000 and a day’s work, even the dullest bathroom can be brought back to life. The results will be worth it. Everyone using that bathroom will be able to enjoy it on a daily basis for months or years to come.

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4. Kitchen Updates

With the “eat healthy craze,” kitchens are slowly but surely becoming the most important rooms in many homes. It is necessary to make sure they look as such. Luckily, this is easy to accomplish with a few simple and affordable DIY home building ideas:

  • New counters
  • Recessed lighting
  • New plumbing fixtures
  • Updated cabinet pulls
  • Tile or cork flooring.

While tile flooring is durable and easy to clean, cork flooring is cheaper. It starts at $3 per square foot. It is easier to install, warmer, and more comfortable.

For those who feel like updating all the floorings, hardwood remains the best flooring to increase home value. It is cheap, durable, and easy to recondition.

Sometimes just buying a new piece of furniture can freshen up the area and help you delay long term updates.

​5. Outdoor Shed

An outdoor shed has several benefits to you and your home.

For starters, you gain valuable space to store items that you don't use very often. If you have a lot of clutter around your house or garage, a storage shed will allow you to find a permanent home for it, and get it out of your way.

Not only will you gain back valuable real estate, but you will now have a newfound source of square footage. Storage sheds are really valuable, and you will have added some home value by building a shed.

Storage sheds aren't that difficult to build on your own, if you follow a set of plans. Or, you can buy a pre-built storage shed and assemble it yourself.

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​6. Painting

There is nothing a quick DIY paint job cannot fix. It can bring interior and exterior walls to life. In addition, it can revive old windows, doors, and siding, all with minimum costs.

While 2017 was dominated by greens and warm neutrals, 2018 promises passion and boldness when it comes to colors. This year’s trends are:

  • Turquoise
  • Yellow
  • Blush
  • Red
  • Violet
  • Blue
  • Pink.

Those who find them too daring can always choose a dustier, lighter nuance. Contrasts and minimalist looks are still in fashion. Clean and light paint jobs will never go out of style. A Saturday’s work can give a home a new stylish look and added equity.

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Besides the above retouches, there are other cool home improvement ideas that can create a welcoming atmosphere and increase property value. These are front yard makeovers, HVAC system replacements, paneling removals, attic renovations, and carpets and drapes replacements.

Some of these DIY home building ideas may not seem like much. However, they cost very little. On their own or combined, they can ensure a complete home makeover and add incredible value to any property. They can also bring family members together, forcing them to make decisions and work together.

About the Author Allen Michael

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.

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