Curb Appeal 101: Adding Value to Your Home

Curb Appeal 101: Adding Value to Your Home

We all know how much first impressions matter when we meet new people, but have you ever thought about the impression your house gives to your guests? From the front lawn to your front door, you’ll want to leave a lasting impression on anyone that visits.

There are easy ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, many of which you already do or can do yourself. If your home has any glaring issues (like a leaky roof or a cracked driveway), you might want to call in a professional to check it out. But if you need simple solutions, keep reading and see what you can do to improve your curb appeal.

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash: A DIYer's Guide

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash: A DIYer's Guide

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’re looking for a way to update your kitchen, consider installing a new backsplash. A backsplash is more than something to keep your walls clean from oil, food and other splatter—it’s a small detail that can make a kitchen look complete.

With many different materials and designs, choosing a backsplash can be a difficult choice. What’s the cost? Will it match the counters and the cabinets? How hard is it to install? Even if you aren’t sold on the idea of adding a full backsplash to your kitchen, here are some things to think about to help you make a decision.

Father's Day Gifts for a DIY Dad

Father's Day Gifts for a DIY Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner and dads everywhere are probably getting another gift they already have or don’t need. Why bother gifting another tie? For dads who like to work with their hands, nothing is better than giving them something that will help with their hobbies.

Tool sets are always a safe bet—especially if dad has been hinting for a new one—but I wanted to think of gifts he probably wouldn’t expect. Here are some of my Father’s Day gift ideas for the DIY dad in your life.

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Enjoying a night of warm weather with friends is a summer staple. With a few more weeks to go, the first day of summer is creeping up on us (which is June 20th, for those keeping track). Is your backyard ready for entertaining?

Getting ready for your first outdoor party of the season can be overwhelming, whether it’s cleaning up, making sure there’s enough food, and taking care of the small details that fall through the cracks. I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare. Keep reading to see my suggestions!

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet | Diary of a DIYer

We spend a lot of time figuring out how we’d like our homes to look. Think about it: from style, to furniture, to paint, and so much more. One area I haven’t seen much of a focus on is a comfy area for your pet to relax.

Our furry little friends are an extension of our families and they deserve the best. While I’m not suggesting a full area remodel, small additions can go a long way. Keeping the décor of your house in mind, here are my ideas to make your pet’s spaces—both indoors and outdoors—as cozy (and convenient) as can be.

What You Should Know About Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are becoming more and more popular among homeowners because of their water and stain resistance, and its versatility in kitchen and bathroom applications. Over the years vinyl flooring has seen a number of great improvements such as increased durability, lower cost, and easy installation. With a variety of styles and finishes it is no wonder why vinyl is becoming a viable and economical alternative to laminate and hardwood flooring.

Preventing Water Issues in Your Basement and Foundation

Spring thaw and rain showers can bring with them their own set of issues for your home. The biggest problem for your home’s basement is flooding and leaks. Moisture in your basement can lead to mold and foundation issues in the long run. Taking some preventative steps can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in home repairs. Here are a few things to check, maintain and repair to keep your basement free of water and moisture during spring and summer storms.  

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the days are longer and the weather is becoming warmer. Now is an excellent time to get out of the house and tackle those home projects that the winter months have made impossible. Things like yard prep, checking for damages, and making repairs before summer is in full swing. Here is my list of home projects to undertake this spring! 

Modern Bathroom Trends

The bathroom is usually the most used room in the home. Unfortunately, this can mean it is often viewed strictly as a utilitarian space used to get in and get out during your morning rush to work. But lately homeowners and renters alike have been reconsidering this space and its design. Today’s bathrooms are bringing together both style and function. 

6 Ways to Brighten Your Home

Lighting, especially natural light, can make a room. However, for those of us living in northern climates where cold temperatures keep us indoors during the winter months or have homes where natural lighting is at a premium, this is easier said than done. Luckily there are a few quick and easy ways to transform a space from gloomy and uninviting to bright and cheery.