DIY Tubelite Skylights

Brighten up living spaces with a Tubelite Skylight - one of the most affordable and easy ways to flood living spaces with natural light.

 

 

Automating a Home

There are many misconceptions around home automation. Many homeowners aren't sure about where to begin and below is some guidance on the common myths around automating your home - brought to you by Homemation.

 

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How your ceiling impacts on home comfort in winter

Heating and cooling homes with open floor plans can be challenging but you don’t have to give up comfort for space. "An open plan home needn’t mean giving up the creature comforts of a warm quiet living space during cooler months.

 

Fill the gap with Sika Boom

Use Sika Boom for fixing, insulating and various filling projects in and around the home.

 

 

How to afford your new home

So you’ve bought a new home, successfully made the big jump to owning something a bit bigger, but inevitably this comes with some additional costs.

 

 

What home electrical alterations can I do?

On Home-Dzine, and when hosting a DIY Divas Basic Electrical workshop, we receive lots of enquiries as to what a homeowner can and cannot do themselves. Here are some guidelines for what electrical repairs you can do at home.

 

Luxury vinyl tile for today's floors

Luxury vinyl tiles are definitely an option to consider when looking for flooring alternatives. Vinyl planks simulate the look of real wood without the noise, durability or cleaning concerns. Now, you can install vinyl floors over ceramic tiles.

 

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Top DIY home improvement projects

There are many DIY enthusiasts who prefer to spend their annual holidays catching up on home improvement projects. We take a look at some of the top DIY projects that you can tackle in a week or two.

 

Do I need a handyman or contractor?

On Home-Dzine we regularly receive requests for advice on home maintenance, home repairs and home improvement, and whether it is better to hire a handyman or contractor. Here are some tips on who to call if you need jobs done around the home.

 

Trending... Tiles that look like concrete

Many homeowners would like to incorporate concrete finishes in a home - without the mess, hassle and cost normally associated with these finishes. A new trend is to use concrete-look tiles.

 

Decor and design is in the detail

Any home can be enhanced by adding architectural detailing with the installation of decorative mouldings. Dylan Miller from Swartland, offers some insight into how mouldings can add character and style to any space they grace.

 

Tips for drilling through tiles

Too many homeowners put off bathroom projects because it involves drilling through tiles, but if you have the right tools and accessories drilling through tiles is a quick and easy project.

 

 

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No more messy paint stripper

I decided to take on the task of repainting all the burglar bars and security gates at home. While I started off with paint stripper - I soon gave this up and took a faster and less messy route.

 

Painted staircase

In an older double-storey home a wooden staircase is a traditional feature. If you are looking to remove carpet or update a staircase, here's a way to dress up a wood treads and risers for a modern look.

 

Attic or loft conversion

Hard to believe that this spacious living space was just an attic space. The attic conversion added to an average 4-bedroom home and garage.

 

 

Ideas for a garage conversion

If you are looking for ways to add more living space to a home floor plan and have a garage (single or double) that isn't being used, perhaps you should consider utilising this valuable space in other ways with a garage conversion.

 

Add glass panel to hollow core door

I have done quite a few projects that look at how to dress up a plain hollow core door.  I'm going to show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.

 

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Add decorative trim to hollow-core door

In this DIY project we’ll show you how easy it is to transform plain hollow-core doors into a feature using inexpensive pine moulding. It is a simple and affordable way to add detailing to boring doors and one that you can easily do in a day.

 

How to fit a door knob

We have  covered fitting a door handle and lock to an exterior or interior door, but what if you prefer to fit a door knob. While the principle is basically the same, a door knob is easier to fit. Here are the instructions for fitting a door knob to any interior or exterior door.

 

Fit and install over-skirtings

No more ripping out skirtings boards! Now you can fit and install over-skirtings to add a decorative finish to a home. Over-skirtings are manufactured to fit over the top of most standard skirtings and are easily cut, glued and installed.

 

Smart investments for kitchens and bathrooms

Styles may come and go but kitchen and bathrooms will also continue to plan an important role in any home. In a newly built home the homeowners will design a kitchen that meets their immediate needs, but in an older home it's nice to know that improvements can be done to keep up with modern trends.

 

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Adding a rope bannister to staircase

Nancy Muchangwa, our resident DIY Divas, is busy doing improvements to her house. One improvement is to knock down the wall at the side of the staircase, as it blocks a lot of light and makes the staircase cramped and dark. After looking at various alternatives I stumbled upon a rope bannister as an affordable way to finish off a staircase...

 

Bamboo... More than just floors

The buzzword all around the world these days is ‘sustainability’. Going green is even becoming an increasingly prominent trend in home décor, as we look for ways to beautify our living space, while helping the environment.

 

Add decorative cornice to bathroom

In the bathroom they never bothered to fit a cornice around the top of the wall and it always looked unfinished. Thanks to the guys at DAS Products for supplying an easy solution for adding a decorative cornice to the bathroom.

 

Glass... sustainable design option for home interiors

Judging by the number of queries I receive, there are plenty of homeowners out there who are living with facebrick walls, especially with a fitted fireplace, that hate the look. While we have previously look at painting a facebrick wall, another option to consider is cladding the wall.

 

Clad a facebrick wall

Judging by the number of queries I receive, there are plenty of homeowners out there who are living with facebrick walls, especially with a fitted fireplace, that hate the look. While we have previously look at painting a facebrick wall, another option to consider is cladding the wall.

 

Door option for a home

Make a lasting impression and add value to your home by choosing doors that reflect style and personality. Choosing the right doors for a home is the difference between standard builders-grade doors, or a door that stands out and adds architectural interest.

 

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Fit a new exterior door

Many homeowners put this project on the back burner thinking that a new door is too expensive and it isn't easy to fit. You would actually be surprised at the selection and affordability of wood doors at your local Builders Warehouse, and once you get started you will realise that fitting is not as difficult as you originally thought.

 

Reclaimed timber ceiling

If you have a little DIY know-how, you can be creative with reclaimed timber and completely alter the look of a room in just one day. Many tend to overlook a ceiling, but here's how you can transform a ceiling using reclaimed timber.

 

Dress up a plain door with vinyl planks

Turn a simple sliding door into a feature by adding vinyl flooring planks. Today's vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of styles and you can match the door to your home decor.

 

 

Give your home a mini facelift

Updating the decor in your home doesn't have to be a long, laborious or expensive process. Instead, get a little instant gratification by using Plascon paints to easily refresh areas and items throughout the house. With a little cash and a free weekend, you can makeover your house right now.

 

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Shutters - Style without compromise

 Adjustable shutters allow you to control the amount of light you let into your home, depending upon the time of day and location of the sun, and still have air circulating through your home during the hot summer months.

 

Restore an old home

If there is one property option that South Africa has, it's older homes, and not all are located in undesirable suburbs. In fact, some of SA's most upmarket suburbs are dominated by older homes. Taking on the restoration of an older home is a challenge, but well worth the time and effort you put into it at the end of the day.

 

Luxury bathroom tile options

If you are planning a new bathroom renovation or building a new home, creating a relaxing sanctuary is one of the leading home improvement trends and ceramic tile creates dramatic first impressions. Ceramic tile is a luxurious option for creating a beautiful and luxurious bathroom.

 

DIY concrete countertops

When most people think of DIY concrete countertops, the first reaction is that making a concrete countertop is not easy. Well, there is a fair amount of work involved, but at the end of the day you could save yourself thousands of Rands with do-it-yourself concrete countertops.

 

Add wall cladding

Wall cladding is becoming a popular trend in homes as manufacturers introduce DIY alternatives to solid rock. Available locally, wall cladding in supplied in ready-made panels that resemble to look and feel of natural stone and rock.

 

Beautiful walls... naturally!

These days it's easy to have good looking walls without the hassle or fuss of installing tiles. Cementitious (cement-based) products are now easily available off-the-shelf for any savvy DIY home improvement enthusiast to tackle themselves.

 

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Frameless glass windows and doors

Sit back and enjoy the view when you install frameless windows, frameless folding or sliding doors, as these offer an unobstructed and panoramic view of the surroundings.

 

 

Brick veneer wall cladding for indoors & outdoors

Not only does cladding with brick veneer add texture and architectural detail to walls, it's also a great way to cover up walls that are prone to hairline cracks, have a rough plastered finish, or blank walls that lack interest.

 

Install Gyproc plastered ceilings

A flush plastered ceiling consists of steel branders onto which Gyproc RhinoBoard is fixed. All joints are covered with Gyproc RhinoTape and the ceiling then plastered with a 3 - 6mm coat of RhinoLite or CreteStone.

 

Install Gyproc M-Strip ceilings

Finally, an informative step-by-step guide on how to install an M-Strip brandered ceiling. I have yet to get round to replacing my one ceiling and this detailed guide from Gyproc is comprehensive enough that even a beginner DIY-er can install his or her own ceilings.

 

Using RhinoLite and CreteStone finishes

I receive a lot of enquiries from homeowners who have used, or had work done in their homes using RhinoLite and CreteStone. Most of the problems arise from lack of product knowledge, either on the part of the homeowner, or on the part of the contractor.

 

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How to add mosaic tile to kitchen countertop

In last month's issue of Home-Dzine Online I gave my kitchen countertop a makeover. After a couple of weeks of living with it, I decided I wasn't happy and wanted to consider another option - applying mosaic tile to a kitchen countertop.

 

How to remove and install new skirtings

In this article we show you how to replace standard skirting boards with skirting boards that provide an attractive finish and architectural detail to a room.

 

 

Don't tile when you can CemWash

Don't think that you have to tile bathroom walls and floors when there are so many other options to choose from.

 

 

Care for wooden windows & doors

There is a beauty to timber windows and the homes they grace, and if they are well maintained, they can last a lifetime. Charl Jacobz from Swartland offers some tips and advice on how to best maintain their beauty.

 

Interior & Exterior plaster finishes

If there are damaged walls in your home, areas where you have removed tiles, or walls that are uneven or highly textured, plastering is one of the ways to fix these types of defects. Using a plaster mix, plastering is the technique for covering up raw and rough surfaces.

 

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Rock wall cladding

I love the look of natural stone clad walls - both interior or exterior walls. It's a way to introduce texture and detail to an otherwise bland room. It's also a way to merge interior and exterior areas.

 

Tile over an existing tiled wall

Where tiles are still in good condition, and you don't want to paint over tiles, there is the option to tile over existing tiles.

 

 

Glass blocks let in natural light

I have always considered glass blocks to be perfect for bathrooms - they let in plenty of natural light without any loss of privacy, and now that they are available in soft and bright colours, you can use glass blocks in even more creative ways.

 

Installing wooden windows and frames

Windows are an important element in how a home looks. From a design point of view window styles are suited to particular styles of homes.

 

 

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Faux sandblasted effect for windows and doors

I have previously featured an article on how to create more privacy by using self-adhesive vinyl on glass. In this project I used the same self-adhesive vinyl to add a decorative effect to my sliding door, and at the same time add privacy.

 

Repair, restore or renovate concrete

Conventional wisdom holds that old concrete, with cracks, surface discolouration, or surface imperfections, must be removed and replaced if improving the look of the concrete is the goal. But there are many options available for transforming that drab concrete patio, driveway, or floor into a new, decorative, coloured concrete surface.

 

Add architraves to windows

A simple frame and panel with applied mouldings gives an ordinary window an extraordinary appearance

 

 

Enhance a home with window shutters

Window and folding-door shutters are ideal for light, wind and ventilation control on a patio, garden room. or any room in the home. Not only do they enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, they will also increase the value.

 

 

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Clad concrete or steel staircase

When you live in a double-storey home, or are adding an extra level onto you existing property, you're going to need a staircase. In my case the staircase was built using concrete slabs or lintels. I would have loved a wooden staircase, but these can work out pricey, but I came across this idea for cladding a concrete or steel staircase that would cut down the cost dramatically.

Revamp an ugly fireplace

Whether your fireplace gets used annually or is just a hole in the wall that hasn't been used for ages, most fireplaces are a focal point in a room. Make your fireplace a 'stand out' feature with paint, tile or with a new DIY fireplace surround. And if your fireplace does get put into use during the colder months of the year here are a few ideas to get make your fireplace a feature.

 

Staircases with style and flair

When your home is a double-storey or more, a staircase is a main element. It might be tucked away in a corner, but at the end of the day any staircase takes up a lot of space and grabs a lot of attention. When designing, building or renovating a home, give some thought to the type of staircase you want.

 

Adding window trim

Having already started adding trim around door frames and to corners in my home, the next project I want to tackle is adding window trim. I just think that windows look so much nicer with added trim, and they look more polished and elegant as well.

 

Let more natural light into your home

If you find that your home has dark areas that don't receive any natural light, there are various home improvement projects that you could consider to let in more natural light, or allow natural light into dark areas.

 

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Boring staircase becomes a "wow" feature

If I hadn't seen these pics for myself, I never would have believed that this was the same staircase. A fairly standard staircase is transformed into a dramatic feature in the entrance hall of this home.

 

Clever way to add decorative skirtings

This is one clever trick that I am sure many of you will appreciate, especially if you are looking to add a nice, high detailed trim to the base of your walls.

 

 

Add detailing to interior doors

Standard home - standard doors! There's nothing special about the boring interior doors that get fitted to most homes. But there is a way to transform them into a unique feature for your home.

 

Easy way to add crown moulding

Forget about a hammer and nails, you can easily install the new style polystyrene crown moulding and cornice with a tube or two of No More Nails and a caulking gun.

 

 

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Install bi-fold closet doors

The level of effort in installing bi-fold doors really depends on the condition and type of door jambs you already have. In new construction this is pretty straight forward. You just trim out the door opening as if it were going to be a cased opening.

 

Remove and rehang an exterior door

Removing and replacing an exterior door, especially a front and back door, is as easy as removing the old one, making a few adjustments and then hanging the new one in place.

 

 

Hang a new interior door

Replacing a door in an existing door frame is easier and much cheaper than pulling out the trim and frame and installing a prehung door, because you have the old door as a template.

 

 

Install wall panelling

Panelling, wainscoting, board and batten - it's been a part of home decor for a long time. There are various design styles that can be applied to walls in a home, whether it's for a lounge, dining room, bathroom or bedroom. Here are some tips on how to install or add panelling to your home...

 

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Wrought iron detailing

Whether featuring the flamboyant swirls and curves of Art-Deco style or the clean lines of minimalist design, decorative ironwork makes a statement. Iron pieces may be hand-forged or ready-made, but they will set the tone in a room or add contrast to a design.

 

Wall panelling adds architectural detail

Add interest to a plain dining room with this faux moulding project. All you need for this project is a few strips of pine and skirting, and some satin paint to finish off.

 

 

Install crown moulding

Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice.

 

 

Remove and replace skirtings

In an older home you may find that skirting boards need to be replaced either due to rotting, damage over time, or simply to update a home. In this do-it-yourself project we show you how to remove and replace skirting boards.

 

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Solar tube skylights

Solar Tubes or Tubelites are an excellent way to get natural light into parts of your home that don’t have any windows, or rooms that are situated on the south-east side of a home. These skylights are one of the most popular home improvement projects being done right now.

 

Things to know about concrete countertops

I would like to share a few things we would do differently if we were to start over on our concrete countertops. Don't get me wrong, we love our concrete countertops but we have also done some experimenting and would make a few slight changes. I’m hoping these will help some other brave people out who might just attempt this monster project too.

 

Visually enlarge a room with mirror doors

Whether you closet is in your bedroom, or in a small walk-in, adding a full length mirror to the doors will increase the amount of light in the room and add the illusion of space.

 

 

Brick veneer wall cladding for indoors & outdoors

Not only does cladding with brick veneer add texture and architectural detail to walls, it's also a great way to cover up walls that are prone to hairline cracks, have a rough plastered finish, or blank walls that lack interest.

 

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Kitchen renovation from scratch

Colleen and hubby ripped out their old kitchen and installed a beautiful new kitchen - from scratch. The new dark wood kitchen features plenty of storage space and there was plenty of room to add an island that provides additional countertop working space and comfortably seats six.

 

Die huisie by die see

Deon purchased his first home by the sea and hopefully wants to retire there. But quite a bit of work had to be done to get the house in good condition. As an entry into our Home Improvement Competition, here's what Deon did to tackle all the problems and faults in his Huisie by die see.

 

Outstanding DIY kitchen installation

This do-it-yourself kitchen shows how you can transform any space with just a few basic tools. Loraine and her husband Cobi transformed a boring space into a beautiful kitchen.

 

 

A Benoni kitchen goes modern

After some constant begging and pleading, Morne tackled a kitchen renovation project in his Benoni home. The original kitchen was outdated with its old-fashioned cabinet doors and badly scratched countertops. The plan was to rip out and replace as much as possible without spending too much.

 

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Fireplace and wall cladding

Home-Dzine reader, Hilton Kinnear, installed a new fireplace in his home. Once installed, the next step was to add wall cladding to finish off the total look. The finished result is amazing!

 

 

Kitchen walls and countertops tiled

Suzette English transformed her dated kitchen by fitting new tiles onto the kitchen walls and tiling her kitchen countertops. To tie in with the new look, Suzette painted her kitchen cabinets in a crisp white colour, for a kitchen makeover that was affordable and worthwhile.

 

Home-Dzine reader adds wall panelling

Home-Dzine reader, Donavan Packaree, transformed his living room with wall panelling, moulding and trim for a dramatic and affordable makeover. Using instructions found on the Home-Dzine website, Donavan used PG Bison SupaWood to create faux panelling around the bottom of the walls in his living room.

 

Complete passage transformation

They say a man’s home is his castle and this home is no exception; especially for Marilyn and her husband. From a shabby old farmhouse with Novilon covering the kitchen and bathroom walls and even the toilet; wallpaper on most of the other walls and with either Novilon or green carpet throughout, it has been transformed into a home where one would be proud to have friends over.

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Hidden leaks bring about bathroom renovation

Home-Dzine reader, Tasha, bought her first home in October 2011, only to find that within the first month there were leaks in the main en suite bathroom.

 

 

Guest toilet makeover

Just to show it can be done, Grant transformed a ho-hum guest loo into a beautiful, modern space in just under two weeks.  

 

 

Faux rock cladding

Home-Dzine has previously featured rock cladding for walls, both faux and genuine rock veneer. For a small outlay you can instantly change the look and feel of any room in a home - in a weekend.

 

Staircase renovation

I completely stripped this staircase, which was in a bad state of repair, and sanded the stairs down to the bare wood (all by hand and a small orbital sander).  

 

 

Do-it-yourself kitchen renovation

Having the wood and materials cut to size for a new do-it-yourself kitchen makes the job much easier, plus the fact that you can save yourself thousands of Rands by doing it yourself. 

 

 

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