Monday, September 25, 2017

Family DIY: Home Improvements With The Kids

If you haven’t embarked on any home improvements in a couple of years, your humble abode may be looking a little tired and in need of some TLC. It can be difficult to decide where to start when it comes to enhancing your home. Take a look at the ideas at to give you some much-needed inspiration. Do you go for the big jobs such as a new roof, a kitchen extension or a little spot of rewiring? You could decide to venture down a simpler path and select a couple of rooms to treat to a face-lift. Home improvements of any scale can be daunting. If you have kids who have the appropriate level of maturity and love getting stuck in, you could consider roping them into giving your property a makeover. Take a look at these home improvement jobs that your brood could have a go at helping you with.

If you are planning on a perfect finish of crisp white emulsion next to your freshly sanded oak skirting boards, handing your child a paintbrush might not be the wisest idea. However, for larger expanses of wall, there’s nothing wrong with showing your little darling how to use a roller and allowing them to paint a wall. They will love nothing better than helping their parents in sprucing up the house. If you go around the edges and allow them to complete a couple of coats, you will be refreshing a room together.

If your child is particularly artistic and it is their room that you’re decorating, you may want to give them free reign to create a mural on their wall taking inspiration from the ones at They will love the freedom of designing their own little part of the house.

Laying Flooring

If the lino in the kitchen is looking a little dated, you may want to consider a spot of hard wearing laminate flooring as a replacement. While you are more adept at handling the circular saw to cut the flooring, your lovely son or daughter could have a go at a bit of DIY laying the wooden strips before securing them in place with a simple tongue and groove fixing. Your child will adore seeing their hard work develop into a completed home improvement project.

The Trickier Jobs

You may be keen to see your house with a new radiator or two, or you may want an HVAC system installed. These jobs can be a tad tricky even for you let alone allowing a smaller human being loose on the jobs that require a particular set of skills. However, you can always ask a tradesperson to allow your little one to watch.

If you’re fed up of being the last in line for the shower each morning only to be greeted by a trickle of cold water, it might be time to investigate your options. Think about researching tankless water heaters similar to the ones available at Installing one of these nifty gizmos mean you will have an endless supply of hot water whenever you require it. This is ideal for larger broods. When the heater is getting installed why not ask the engineer if you and your little darling can watch the action. A tradesperson will be happy for the enthusiastic company.

Getting your kids involved in home improvements can see them using their practical talents in a worthwhile way. They can learn new skills, gain an insight into what goes into the upkeep of a property and can take pride in their workmanship. You never know you may have the next top interior designer or architect on your hands!

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