Top 5 DIY Home Improvements in lockdown!
It can feel as though the COVID-19 lockdown is dragging on forever. But social distancing doesn't have to result in boredom.
With the right DIY projects, the extra time spent at home can be enjoyable and constructive.
With most of us spending more time at home this year, it's unsurprising that so many people turned to DIY. Australia is in the midst of a home-improvement frenzy, with the number of people undertaking major home renovations hitting an all-time high.
Driven by historically low interest rates and rapidly rising house and apartment prices, the nation's suburbs are alive with the sound of drills and hammers. We decided to conduct our own survey of 1,000 homeowners who have undertaken DIY since being in lockdown and we were surprised to find that as many as one in three (33%) people failed to complete their projects.
So, to help you complete your home improvements, we've called upon one of our local handymen Dave to round up five of his favourite DIY project ideas and tips to help those lockdown blues. If this still doesn't help, you can always use the LocaL2LocaL app to get your jobs completed by a professional... or Dave himself!
Make your home office WFH friendly
Many of us have been working from home for several months, but it's important to ensure your office is optimised for your comfort and health.
Positioning your home office to receive as much natural lighting as possible is essential for productivity and a healthy work space. Don't forget to also add some task lighting as it can be particularly useful if you are working later in the evening and remember think Ergonomic - your chair is everything.
- Think storage friendly desks
- Add plants
- Maximise Storage Containers
- Think Vertical
Declutter and style your kitchen
Kitchens are the heart of the home and you're probably feeling that even more now that you're spending more time within your four walls. Creating a tidy, clutter free space here can transform this room. Here's some easy ways to make the most of your kitchen:
- Clear the clutter - create the feeling of space by removing anything that doesn't absolutely need to be on the counter
- Only leave a couple of nice appliances on display
- Wipe down all benchtops
- Ensure the hot plate, oven and microwave are clean
- Remove everything from the fridge door and wipe it down
- Add some flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen bench
Optimise your bathroom storage
Bathrooms can overflow with bottles, containers and toothbrushes that form part of your hygiene and health routines. Increasing your bathroom storage will help organisation and remove clutter, resulting in a less chaotic living space.
New cabinets can be freestanding or fixed to a wall or other units, while vanity units fit around the base of the sink. Both can provide extra space for that pesky clutter.
Additional shelves or drawers can hold larger items, while towel racks and holders that hang from the back of the door will neatly provide storage without reducing space.
Our lockdown must have - A DIY Home Coffee Station
As we find ourselves roaming from bedroom to kitchen to office to kitchen then back to the office and then back to the kitchen, a designated in home coffee station is an essential addition to anyones home during lockdown.
What you need:
- Kitchen Space
- Coffee Machine
- Mug Display
Redecorate a small balcony
There's no better place than a balcony to bring the outside into your apartment. In fact, it can be very cozy if you put some time into designing it properly.
For starters, the materials you choose for furnishings are super important and can be the difference between a soggy mess and a long-lasting outdoor investment. Materials like resin wicker, wrought iron, teak, and plastic can handle most of the elements nature throws at them.
Aside from furniture, there are a few other elements that will help make your balcony shine. Plants are great for spicing up the space. Flowers like geraniums and begonias, sturdy plants like bamboo, and fresh herbs all thrive on a balcony garden. The list of outdoor plants is long—just be mindful of the hardiness zone you live in and how much light your balcony gets before making any decisions....
A Final Note -
From all of us at LocaL2LocaL we hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy and if our team can be of any help answering any of your questions please don't hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, we hope these 5 DIY jobs help provide some alternative activities to do while you are at home and remember if you have trouble doing it yourself you can always LocaL2LocaL it.