Home Renovating

Improve your home with a major reno or give it a cosmetic update to add value. Get inspired by incredible renovations from readers and find out how to get the dream home you've always wanted.

Easy Doorway Makeover
There are lots of reasons you may need to hang a new internal door at your place. A major renovation can change the layout of a home while building an extension can add doorways, creating the need for new doors. Replacing old or mismatched doors is...
10 Handy Apps For Renovating
Smartphones are par for the course these days and the number of apps that are available to make life easier now seems limitless. The Handyman team have spent time road testing apps that DIYers can use during projects and home renovations. Here’s our...
Cool your home with an efficient air conditioner
The hot days and warm nights of summer mean that having an efficient way to cool your home is essential.    Air conditioners have come a long way in recent years, with developments in technology making them more efficient then ever.   Leading the fie...
Protect your home from burglars - Image: iStock
The family home is the biggest investment most of us will ever make, but it’s an unfortunate fact that it can become a target for thieves, especially when we’re away on holidays.   The best way to keep your place safe is by being vigilant and making...
Sponsored article For most of us, home automation is something we would believe to be out of reach, as systems can cost upwards of $10,000. In most cases, they can only be installed at the building stage of a project or by rewiring most of your ho...
Inspiring Terrace House Renovation

For a sense of cohesiveness and longevity of design, it was important to ensure the new addition sat comfortably alongside the old part of the building

Overlooking this once-dilapidated house in Sydney’s Paddington would have been easy to do.  A former working class inner-city suburb of ramshackle terraces, deemed a slum for redevelopment in the ’50s, it’s now home to some of the most expensive r...
Finish External Corners On Plasterboards
Once you have cut and hung plasterboard, you may need to finish external corners. Secure corner beads on all external angles, such as doorways, then apply three coats of compound. Click here to learn How To Cut And Hang Plasterboard  Clic...
How To Cover Butt Joints On Plasterboard
Butt joints are where two non-tapered edges of the plasterboard meet. They are difficult to hide because the tape protrudes above the surface of the plasterboard. You can avoid butt joints by using long sheets of plasterboard to span the walls an...
Finish Internal Corners On Plasterboard
Once you have cut and hung your plasterboard it's time to finish internal corners.  Rest one end of a broad knife on the tape in the corner and the other end on the plasterboard for an even taper.   Click here to learn How To Cut And Hang Pl...
How To Tape Recessed Joints On Plasterboard
Self-adhesive fibreglass or paper tape is bedded into plasterboard joints, using three layers of compound, to help strengthen them and make them seamless. Use a base coat compound for the first two layers, then a finishing compound for the last l...
How To Cut And Hang Plasterboard
Plasterboard is a sheet material that is commonly used to line internal stud walls.  The strong, highly fire-resistant sheets are made up of a gypsum core encased in heavy-duty lining paper. Hanging plasterboard isn’t hard to do DIY, relying mo...
1970s Laundry Renovation
The laundry in this Queensland home was left to last on the renovation plan for DIY blogger Melissa and her handy husband.  ‘We decided to wait until we had time to do it properly,’ says Melissa. The room was a good size, but it needed a comple...
How To Install Floating Floorboards
An easy way to transform your home and add warmth without doing a major reno is to put down a floating floor.  The boards come in a range of colours and materials such as natural timber glued to plywood and laminated melamine. Bamboo boards are...
How To Refresh Grout On Tiled Floors
When grout becomes discoloured or damaged, replacing the entire floor is unnecessary, but removing just the grout can be a tedious task.  Parex Davco Rejuvenation Grout, about $27 for 1.7kg, contains biocide, which resists mould or bacteria growt...
How To Find The Right Flooring To Suite Your Space

Choose the right flooring for each area of your home. Image: Thinkstock

The wide range of materials on offer for flooring can make selecting what to lay a daunting task, especially if you want to install it DIY and stick to a budget.  When renovating a home, the choice of flooring can set the tone and comfort level f...
How To Flip A Home Fast

When you’re renovating to sell, aim for neutral and simple interiors

There’s no denying we’re a nation of renovating enthusiasts. And while large-scale renovations traditionally increase as interest rates fall, our passion for fixing up and making new shows no sign of abating. Figures from the Australian Bureau of...
20 Hilarious DIY Disasters

Learn from the DIY mistakes made by these Handyman readers 

What happens when DIY goes wrong? Find out in this article where we list 20 DIY mishaps made by fellow Handyman readers. These tales of woe are hilarious but also serve as a caution to us all. When comes to DIY don't take shortcuts and pay attention...
Refresh A Ceiling With Paint, New Downlights and Fans
Spruce up the largest surface in the room by repainting and adding new downlights and fans. The ceiling in this 1980s house was showing its age and, during winter, a few of the glass panels around the fire in the living area were broken. This all...
Rejuvenated grout
Old grout is easily refreshed with Davco Rejuvination Grout
Sponsored article Cracked and mouldy tile grout can make the bathroom an unpleasant place to spend time in. Traditionally, repairing damaged or discoloured grout was an extensive, messy process that involved scraping out the old grout, then mixing...
In this DIY video, we show you how to install French doors to let in the light with glass-panels. Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube The carport at this property was recently converted into a combined guesthouse and artist’s studio. It was enclosed...
Amazing Beach House Renovation

This deck was renovated to include floorboards and an enclosed roof and walls, turning the area into a real outdoor room

With his well-trained eye, celebrity builder Luke Van Dyck knew the weather-worn 1940s Federation house on Sydney’s northern beaches had the makings of a great family home.  But with wife Aime expecting their first child, it was going to be a rac...
Inner-City Renovation

The ground floor of this eco-terrace is flooded with natural light and the innovative black mirror ceiling creates an illusion of spaciousness

Contrary to most families, Sydney-born designer and builder Chris Knierim and wife Belinda were looking to downsize.  ‘The decision was really a product of my passion for living in the most effective, sustainable way possible, and you don’t need...
Insulation made easy

A basic guide to home insulation. Image: Thinkstock 

To reduce heat gain in summer and prevent heat loss in winter, install insulation. Insulation also helps appliances to run more efficiently, reducing electricity usage and taking pressure off the budget. It makes sense to invest in good-quality i...
Installing A $20,000 Roof
The old tiles were removed and replaced with metal sheet roofing to increase the worth of a coastal home.  Built in the early 1970s, this beachside bungalow had gradually been extended and renovated, including render on the original brick walls. ...
Choosing a new roof, Handyman magazine,
Read our guide to choosing the best roof for your house
The roof is one of the most important and generally most neglected parts of a house.  Many homeowners only take the time for repairs when a real problem like falling tiles or a leaking ceiling occurs, or if they’re planning a reno.  To avoid be...
In this how-to video from Porta, Ed explains how to install a picture rail.   A picture rail not only provides another decorative element to the wall, but also gives you the option to position wall hangings anywhere on the wall without having t...
In this how-to video form Porta, Ed explains how to join two piece of moulding together with a splice joint.   If you're faced with a situation where your room is longer than a standard piece of timber, then you'll need to join two pieces toget...
In this how-to video from Porta, Ed explains how to install a cornice to cover the gap between the wall and the ceiling.   A decorative way to tidy up the junction between the wall and the ceiling is using a crown moulding.   The intricate...
In this how-to video from Porta, Ed demonstrates how to install skirting.   Skirting is a decorative board that covers the gap between the floor and the wall.   To work out how much skirting is required, measure all the walls in the room an...
In this how-to video from Porta, Ed explains how to install an architrave on a door or window frame using two different methods.   An architrave is decorative moulding used to cover the gap between the lining board and the door or window frame....
In this how-to video from Porta, Ed explains how to create a scribe joint for making perfect internal corners when installing skirting boards. To create the internal corner of your skirting boards, you have two choices. You can use a mitre joint, but...
The small bathroom in this 1950s cottage was due for a reno, and to fit a full-sized bath, extra space had to be found.    On the new layout, the shower was relocated to the wall by the door.    To free up wall space, the door was replaced by a...
How to install skirting,
Install classic trim at the base of walls to give a room an extra dimension.  Most walls feature skirting boards at the joint where the wall meets the floor. Skirting covers gaps, protects the base of the wall and conceals imperfections.  Decor...
 bifold doors surrounded by blue walls
After finishing an ensuite reno,  Frank Gardner decided that the standard 820mm arc of the opening door encroached too much on the available floorspace.   by dividing the door and hanging the two halves on either side of the jamb, he was able to...
If you've ever worked with plasterboard before, chances are it was patching a hole in a wall or minor repairs and touch ups prior to painting. It isn't until you undertake a full renovation that you need to figure out how to measure, cut, hang and...
In this video, we show you how to handle, measure and cut plasterboard.   Once you have planned your project, it's time to measure and cut your plasterboard.   for this, you'll need a tape measure, a pencil, a straightedge, a utility knife,...
If you've watched video 1 and 2 in the Gyprock DIY video series, you'll know how to plan, prepare, measure and cut plasterboard for installation.   Now it's time to secure the plasterboard using stud adhesive and nails or screws.   For this...
Joining two panels is an essential task when it comes to installing plasterboard, and this DIY video from Gyprock shows you how to do it easily and professionally.   This video explains how to set recessed edge joints, internal and external wal...
In this DIY video series, the plasterboard experts at Gyprock have already shown how to measure, cut, install and join plasterboard. Now it's time to show you how to measure cut and install cornice. Cornice is used to cover the junction between ceili...
In this DIY video series, the plasterboard experts at Gyprock have already shown how to measure, cut, install and join plasterboard as well as how to measure, cut and install cornice.  Now it’s time to show you how to complete the sanding and finishi...
In this DIY video series, the plasterboard experts at Gyprock have already shown how to measure, cut, install and join plasterboard as well as how to measure, cut and install cornice and sanding and finishing techniques for joints.   Now it’s t...
In this DIY video series, the plasterboard experts at Gyprock have already shown how to measure, cut, install and join plasterboard as well as how to measure, cut and install cornice and sanding and finishing techniques for joints. They've also cov...
Installing insulation in a wall

Insulation helps keep the home warm during winter to reduce your heating bill

Sponsored article Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow, and will therefore help to keep heat inside your home during winter. Insulating the walls, ceilings and under floors can increase the thermal performance of your home, helping to reduce ene...
Handyman Magazine, DIY, Guide to Non-Timber Flooring, Vinyl Sheeting

Vinyl sheeting was used on this floor to add a stone-look finish for a fraction of the cost

Timber floors are the number one choice in Australian homes due to their durability and timeless style however, the high price of hardwood flooring has prompted many homeowners to look at alternative options.   There are several options to choose fro...
Corinthian door in modern living room
Sponsored article Every interior in a home tells a story and the first thing that most people see when they enter the room is the door; a feature that is often overlooked but one that can make a strong first impression.   Corinthian Doors, Aust...
Developed as an alternative to nailing or adhering materials to a subfloor, floating floorboards are joined together with a tongue-and-groove system that clicks into position.   The floors actually do float, expanding and contracting with weather and...
A couple build the frame of their house

Building your own house allows you to choose exactly how you want it to be and can save you money as well

When the plan pulls together, being an owner-builder is rewarding. But many first-time DIYers have visions of saving money and enjoying getting their hands dirty, often oblivious to potential overspending, the long hours and mishaps.

 For advice and...