Living Areas

Update your lounge and dining areas to improve your lifestyle and add value to your home. We show you how to make big changes like installing French doors and laying new flooring, plus take care of small DIY jobs like wall-mounting a TV. Get the latest design tips and tricks, and check out reader renos.

5 Ways To Keep Your Indoors Cool

Keep your home cool with these five strategies 

Switching on the air conditioner is an easy way to take refuge from the blistering heat, but one look at your power bill after a long, hot summer may force you to consider alternative ways to keep cool. Every house is different, so there isn’t a...
DIY Laundry Makeover
An awkward and under-utilised room gets a spotless refit on a DIY budget.  The laundry is usually the most neglected room in the house, often last on the renovation list and the one with the smallest budget. Yet despite its unglamorous nature,...
Lay vinyl tiles
A playroom all of their own is every kid’s dream, so when five-year-old Karissa Gouros was told she could have the new attic at her place she was thrilled. Measuring 7.8 x 2.4 metres with a sloping ceiling, the attic is a good size for storing al...
Install A Timber Window Frame
This aluminium window set in double brickwork had corroded over time with exposure to salty air. The surface was pitted and eaten away in parts and the double hung sash was no longer functional.  As part of a new look, the old 1800 x 2000mm floor...
Blinds For Every Budget

Roman blinds modernise a living space and give total block-out from light

From controlling light and privacy to heat retention and deflection, there’s a window blind style for every space and budget.  ROMAN BLINDS are often made from block-out fabric to stop the light getting in entirely. These blinds combine the softe...
DIY Staircase Makeover
Handyman contributor Frank Gardner is a self-confessed compulsive renovator, but even he admits there are some projects at home that have been neglected.   One of the jobs on the DIY to-do list was a steep and narrow staircase that led to a downstair...
Laying new floating floors yourself can be a simple home improvement for you to complete on your own.    Floating floors are available in a wide range of thicknesses, finishes and patterns.    Preparation is key when laying a new floor as i...
When laying the plastic underlay, which protects the boards from moisture, check with the manufacturer to see what thickness of plastic they recommend.    Lay it over the whole floor and overlap joints by 200mm and secure it carefully with plen...
We show you how to lay floating floorboards like a professional.    Start the second row of boards with a half board, and make sure you use a tapping block, using a hammer against the edge of a board will only damage it.    For the next boa...
Dirt and grime will scratch and damage floating floors, so ensure you have a mat at the front door to prevent excess debris entering your home.    Add soft pads to furniture feet to prevent scratching the floor.    Electrostatic mops will p...
The original rumpus room in Handyman deputy editor Frank Gardner’s home had been revamped in the mid-90s when his children were still teenagers.   ‘Back then we needed a living area that would withstand two kids,a dog and a cat,’ says Frank.   Over t...
Installing a new door is a fast and cheap way to spruce up your home. A new entry door will make the front of your house look fresher while new internal doors will update interior décor and help prevent draughts. Before going shopping for a new door,...
Frank's French Doors

French doors flood the interior with light and integrate the deck with the floorplan

‘To let in more light and link the indoor and outdoor areas the existing 2140mm wide aluminium sliding windows were knocked out and replaced with a pair of rebated 820mm wide cedar French doors,’ says Frank.   The work was done in stages, starting wi...
For a better home-cinema experience, hang a TV on the wall. Brackets can cost from about $40 to more than $300, depending on how much adjustment they offer.   For a fixed solution choose a universal wall mounting system that consists of a wall bracke...