By Mark J. Donovan
Learn how to estimate the cost of a room addition and determine how best to go about such a major home construction project in this article located on HomeAdditionPlus.com. Also check out the new infographic added to this room addition cost estimate page. It highlights the major cost items in a room addition construction project. Each major cost item also reflects a different sub-contractor that needs to be hired. It also discusses why it is smart to hire a general contractor when building a room addition.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Mark J. Donovan
Posted by Mark Donovan at 7:29 PM
Monday, June 13, 2016
For additional home improvement tips visit this DIY home remodeling and home additions website. It has over 2100 pages of helpful home improvement tips on building home additions and custom homes. It also provides help on how to estimate home addition costs and what you can expect to save by taking on some of the construction work yourself.
In addition, to home building advice, HomeAdditionPlus.com also offers a plethora of information on DIY home improvement and home maintenance projects, and includes both written and video "how-to" instructions. You'll find over 240 how-to videos that home improvement expert Mark Donovan has filmed over the years.
Posted by Mark Donovan at 5:52 AM
Monday, June 08, 2015
Basic Instructions for Installing a Paver WalkwayDress up the outside of your home with a paver walkway. Late spring / early summer is the perfect time of the year to install a paver walkway. Installing a paver walkway is a very affordable home improvement project and can really perk up your home's curb appeal. It is also relatively an easy DIY project, albeit it takes some physical strength.
To install a paver walkway makes sure to remove all of the topsoil where the paver walkway will be located. Preferably remove about 6 inches of soil below the topsoil.
After removing the topsoil replace it with 3/4 inch angled crushed stone and compact it down. However, leave about 2 inches for packing a layer of sand on top of it. After adding the sand and compacting it you can then install the concrete pavers.
The best way to install the pavers to ensure they are level is to use two long PVC pipes that you bury into the sand on either side of the walkway. Then use a 2x4 or other straight edge and run it along the lengths of the PVC pipes. Make sure you check to make sure the 2x4 is level when it rests on the PVC pipes. Once you confirm it is level, then slide the 2x4 along the length of the PVC pipes. This will ensure a very flat and smooth surface for placing the pavers.
Install all of the pavers that don't need cutting first. Then install the remaining cut pieces afterwards.
Once you've installed all the pavers then pour on top of it a polymeric jointing sand to lock the pavers into place.
Posted by Mark Donovan at 1:41 PM
Friday, December 26, 2014
I finally got around to editing and posting the video of my stone paver walkway project. I completed the project this past August and only found time today to finally document the work.
Hopefully this video will prove to you that you can install your own stone paver walkway, rather than hiring a contractor. I was able to install this walkway, which measures 3.5 feet in width and 25 feet in length for about $500. If you hire a contractor to install a similar size walkway expect to pay around $2K or more.
I dug down about 9 inches and installed 6 inches of 3/4 inch crushed stone and 3 inches of stone dust. I compacted the crushed stone and stone dust as I went along. Once the soil bed was prepped with material I screeded it and then placed the stone pavers. Lastly I brushed in polymeric jointing sand in-between the paver joints.
Posted by Mark Donovan at 2:23 PM
Friday, July 04, 2014
Posted by Mark Donovan at 5:43 AM