Category Archives: BUDGETHOUSE RENOVATOR

The Homeowner Painting Like A Pro

Artistic Endeavors I once wanted to be a professional artist. I can draw someone’s face and make it look just like them. I can paint a street scene or wooded pathway just from memory. Houses, buildings, people, vehicles, trees, desert scenes, and likenesses of statues. I have been there and done that. Commercial art was my goal when I was in college. It didn’t pan out. Art teachers can be very critical and discouraging. They look for a particular style and certain characteristics from each student. One […]

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DIY EuroKitchen, Part VI

Cabinet Door Sizing The big difference between measuring for Frameless Kitchen Cabinet Doors and Framed Cabinet Doors is precision. There is leeway when fitting doors to a cabinet with a face frame. Not so with frameless. Euro-Style Kitchen doors have a tolerance of 1/16th of an inch. All you will see when you are done is the cabinet door, false door panels, and corresponding fillers where opposing cabinets meet. Gaps between doors and fillers are approximately 1/8th of an inch , plus or minus a tiny fraction […]

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DIY EuroKitchen, Part V

Criteria For EuroKitchen Cabinet Doors There are an unlimited number of cabinet door styles to choose from. To get a quality look for your kitchen the choices are narrowed way down to a few styles. With a EuroKitchen you cannot put decorative edges on the doors or drawer fronts without affecting the uniform gaps between each door. Remember, all you are going to see is the Doors, Drawer Fronts, End Panels, and Fillers. No face frames here. The best edges will be primarily squared with a very […]

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My DIY EuroKitchen, Part IV

Deciding On Material For The Counter Top A kitchen countertop can be a huge expense. The most popular top for higher end kitchens is granite. The cost can be upwards of $45 to $200 or more per square foot. A typical installation can total well over $5,000. My last kitchen done for our home cost $117 per square foot for a total of $5,500. Other choices like Corian and Stone can have high prices as well. This is Part 14 in the BUDGETHOUSE RENOVATOR series that involves the search for, […]

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My DIY Euro Kitchen, Phase III

The Best Kitchen Drawers There are only 2 types of drawers I am going to recommend here. They are solid half-inch maple or similar hardwood and half-inch Baltic plywood. MDF or particle board won’t last and can swell with any moisture present. The second recommendation I am going to make is that they are made with dovetailed joints and solid plywood bottoms. Good quality cabinet materials includes the type of wood that goes into making drawers. The third thing is the type of drawer slides. This is […]

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My DIY Euro Kitchen, Phase II

Prepping The Cabinet Panel Setup Your easiest assembly platform is to have a full-sized sheet of plywood or similar material (4 x 8′) set on saw horses. Try to set up the table as level as possible because you need this for proper cabinet panel cuts and assembly. Start with the smallest base cabinet parts to help familiarize yourself with the procedure. Since it is very difficult to cut large panels on a home table saw, I recommend using a small circular saw. You use it in […]

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My DIY Euro Kitchen, Phase I

What Is A Euro Kitchen? A Euro kitchen is, first of all, a cabinet system based on the European or related metric measuring parameters. Whereby American cabinets are made according to inches, millimeters control the sizing of the cabinet shell and placement of shelving and hardware. The second parameter is the absence of a face frame. The basic cabinet is four sides and a back,. The facing edges are covered with edge banding to give a finished look. The banding is vinyl or wood pre-made with heat-sensitive […]

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Do It Myself Renovating

Step By Step Problem Solving When you are at retirement age, a lot of renovating tasks can be intimidating. Digging trenches in the sunlight can wear you out fast. Running electric lines in a hot attic can drain your body fluids. Installing insulation can choke you even with a face mask. I know men that were younger than me had their own issues. Bad backs, blown out knees, and issues with heat were just some of the problems they had. My problem has been trouble with my […]

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Moving In _More Adventures

The House Isn’t Ready Yet! The day finally arrived. We decided to move wholesale into the new house. It wasn’t quite ready for occupancy yet, but it was livable. We had painted 2 bedrooms that had no flooring yet. The guest bath had been painted with a new toilet installed but a broken shower and a marginal vanity. The kitchen was barely usable with a working sink but little storage (and workshop cabinets). The central heating unit was ready to self-destruct and making a lot of noise. […]

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Moving In Events And Those First Renovation Steps

Moving In With A Surprise For a contractor, or any tradesman, to move out of one residence to another is a daunting task. You have the home furnishings, tools, equipment, trailers, you name it. Add a few nightmare scenarios, and there you have it. Something always goes wrong. My first pre-move trip was designed to kill 2 birds with one stone. I brought my utility trailer to haul furniture to the new house and also to haul off demolition debris while there. Some surprises were in store. […]

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