Home improvement and DIY are not a single skill, but rather many that all work together to allow you to create great things and look after your property. Saying you are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at DIY is like saying you are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at science – few people are versed in the whole of these subjects and tend to have a speciality such as woodwork, or neurology. Here we will look at the various different facets of DIY and home improvement; these are the different skills that you should develop if you want to become as well rounded as possible when working on your property.
Electronics: Learning electronics will help you to fix all kinds of things from your lamps when they need a new fuse put in to your television when there’s a loose connection inside. At the same time if you understand enough to do the basic work of an electrician, then you can even do things like setting up CCTV or lighting or creating sensors, timers and alarms to help make your home smarter and more automated.
Woodwork: Carpentry plays a large role in DIY. Everyone here should take the time to develop basic skills like how to hammer and screw together panes of wood, but if you want to liberate yourself to create your own furniture and fittings, then learning to do proper woodwork will save you a lot of money and allow you to create much more impressive and unique items for your home.
Gardening: Home improvement doesn’t just refer to improving the inside of your home, but also the outside where you can get more from your property by installing fences and patios and tending to your garden. Gardening itself then can be broken down into smaller parts and will include both growing plants and vegetables and handling the landscaping to create the layout you want for your outdoors.
Pottery/Ceramics: Not an essential skill by any means, but if you can create your own china ornaments and paint them this is another great way to decorate your home with some truly unique items that will be great conversation pieces when people come round.
Painting: This means not only painting as in painting and decorating – which is something everyone should be able to do if they want to save money on improving their rooms – but also painting as in artistic painting so that you can create portraits and scenic landscapes to hang on your walls.
Weight Lifting: Hang on, what’s this doing here? Well while you don’t really need to be Arnold Schwarzenegger to improve your home, it will actually help to a large degree if you or someone you know is strong enough to be able to move furniture around your rooms and even just move the individual panels/hammer and screw into tough surfaces.
Plumbing: If there’s one thing you find will often need work in your property it’s probably your plumbing, whether that’s because your sink is blocked or because your pipes are leaking. Being able to sort out the basics yourself can save you money and help you to avoid a very wet floor.
Crafts: This is another broad term to incorporate all the little creative things you might want to use to improve your home from re-upholstering your furniture to creating photo frames out of old CD cases. You can learn this by watching old episodes of Blue Peter…
Interior Design: It’s not just a matter of being able to make furniture and move it to where you want it, but also the ability to choose where it goes and to arrange it for maximum impact. Don’t turn your nose up at interior design, it’s a genuine and useful skill to have.
Matthew Davison is an expert home decorator and an avid blogger, who shares interior designing ideas through his blogs in GrantElevators.com.au .