Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. Make achieving thermal comfort with the lowest ongoing operating cost central to your decision making at every stage. Passive heating and cooling is free to operate but upgrading a home to achieve better thermal comfort (more stars under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)) does cost money but rewards with lower energy bills — particularly in climates with high auxiliary heating or cooling needs (see Design for climate).
You can spend endless cash on anything from redecorating to extending and even redesigning the entire floor plan of the house, but it’s important that whatever you do, you add value to your home so any improvement is an investment, rather than simply an indulgence. Here are some tips to keep your house cool and save on your power bills this summer, as well as home improvement projects to tackle when it’s too hot to work outside.
If you are thinking about redesigning your home or building an extension and want to be able to show the builder exactly what you like to do then sign up to The Interior Design Academy of Ireland, based at 54 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, an institution that offers class-based or home study courses starting with a certificate course that chief executive Mark Cummins says is perfect for those looking to increase their own knowledge for their own use. On this you learn to survey a room, draw to scale, and draw plans and elevations that you could show to builders to better illustrate what it is you want to do using the correct symbols for all services. It means you will also be better able to read anyone else’s plans. This three-month course costs €500.
But as Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan recently learned, the reality” these shows are selling is a fantasy at best-and a nightmare at worst. In a new lawsuit reported by The Miami Herald , the couple allege that after Love It Or List It did an episode on their home, they were stuck with an irreparably damaged,” vermin-ridden house, and $85,000 worth of inept workmanship for which they ultimately had to pay the bill.
It’s the question every handy homeowner getting ready to embark on a renovation asks themselves: How much can I actually do myself? If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, it may be more than you think. Curbed spoke with experts including DIY home renovators, contractors, and architects to determine the realistic DIY projects in your house, and what is better left to the professionals.