Builder Bob’s Tips

Here’s some great homeowner tips from Builder Bob….

Builder Bob’s Tips

 

  • Does your project require a permit? The State of Hawai`i and the County of Kaua`i have different regulations for various types of work done at your home. Check with the County Building Division on the scope of your project to determine whether or not you need a permit. Visit http://www.kauai.gov/default.aspx?tabid=454 more information on obtaining a building permit.
  • When working on a construction project at your home, remember that staying hydrated is important, especially here in Hawai`i.
  • Are you painting a part of your house, interior or exterior? If you are using a small bucket of paint poured from your larger paint bucket and need to call it a day but have paint left over, never fear! You don’t need to pour it back into the bigger container, just put plastic wrap over your small bucket and refrigerate it for use the next day!
  • Want to give your interior walls a different, more unique look? Consider painting one wall as an accent wall. Choose one wall in your home to paint a different color from your other walls. Select a bold, vibrant color for a contemporary look.
  • Want to get creative? Try using some of these faux finishing paint techniques in one or more of the rooms at your home: strie, ragging, color washing, parchment, striping. You can do it yourself for only the cost of paint, and brushes/trays/buckets if needed. Home Depot has great brochures and books to show you how to take on a creative paint project. Or, check out the internet for more do-it-yourself sources.
  • Work safe! Always wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for your job. When working on your roof, work with a buddy or tie off to prevent serious accidents.
  • Check your tools and equipment routinely and maintain regularly. Doing so will prevent unnecessary injury from faulty tools and equipment.
  • Doing a big job at home? Make sure you have the proper equipment. Consult a local home improvement store for advice. If you don’t have the equipment to get the job done, save money by renting the tools instead of buying them.
  • Do you need to make a critical repair to your home? You may qualify for Kaua`i Habitat’s Repair and Renovation Program, which was launched in 2011. Click here for more information. Link to R&R page.
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