I don’t regularly read Popular Mechanics but maybe I should. A few of their features captured my attention when I happened upon them quite accidently online.
The first one is some great advice on fixing leaks and shingles on a roof from the March issue. Yeah, I know. Call a roofer.
But, if you have the ability to scale a ladder, aren’t deathly afraid of heights, and possess even a minimal skill level, you can do this. (Of course my boss would love this after kidding me in a meeting with a: “What? Don’t you have a roof to put on your house or something?” during a recent meeting. Of course, he kids me, but he couldn't do it. I could.)
From that Web page, there’s a whole lot of useful tips and step-by-step how-tos from keeping handrails and baseboards together to some easy fixes for problem flooring.
They also featured a basement replacement. Looking at this took me back more than a decade to my first major project which was redoing the downstairs family room. Wow. It was bad. It’s a wonder that that project didn’t sour me on DIY forever.
On the PM basement replacement, I’m with the commenter who thought the before pictures were better. Not that I think that brick looks good. I just think they went to a lot of trouble for nothing. I agree with the choice they made on the ceiling. Those doctor’s-office drop ceilings suck it.
But before I tore out all of that brick … I would have a) painted it or b) put beadboard up over it or c) done both so that half the brick remained exposed.
I did not care at all for that wrap tiny shelves around the support beams maneuver. It looks like some space-age ‘70s crap to me. I think I would have again, painted them, or gotten those polyeurathane wraps and given it a more classic/colonial feel.
And, like the commenter, I think the furniture is guhhh. They could have put in a really nice bar, and had a nifty backbar mounted along some of the exposed brick.
But that’s just me.