Quarantine has certainly affected us all in some form or another. Hopefully, you and your family have remained safe, happy, and healthy during this wild time. And things might start returning to norman soon. Again, hopefully.
It’s important to not just sit around and waste your days during the global pandemic. Far too many people are just wasting time on social media, watching hours and hours of Netflix shows, and eating unhealthy junk food. Every once in a while, you need to relax and do some of those things, sure. But every day? That’s not helping anyone.
One of the best ways to actually utilize your downtime is to get to work on some DIY projects around the house. If you’re handy and know what you’re doing — great! If you aren’t so skilled with tools and carpentry, however, there is still hope. YouTube can teach you how to do just about anything and with a little research, you’ll be able to accomplish all kinds of tasks around your home!
Additionally, if you are still unsure of where to begin after researching and watching training videos, call a handy friend and ask for some assistance.
Here are a few home building projects that you should consider starting this year:
Build a wine cellar
Some projects are necessary and some are just for fun! Building a wine cellar inside your home is a great way to have some fun and create a cool and relaxing new place!
Small wine cellars, also known as wine closets, can hold around 500 bottles of wine! There is no better way to impress your friends than showing them all your cool wine bottles when they come over for a game night!
Install solar panels
By 2016, the residential solar panel market in the U.S. was worth around $4.7 billion. Going solar might be a little pricey at first, but it will be well worth it down the line! Make sure you’re doing plenty of research before you begin this project, too. Most home improvement jobs can be learned in an hour or two, but you’re going to need to do at least a few weeks of research well before you start adding solar panels to your roof. If you need to, contact a solar installer and see if they can help you out or at least provide some guidance.
Install a home security system
Some DIY projects are to boost home efficiencies (like solar panels), some are just for fun (like wine cellars), and some are crucial. Some projects are crucial to ensure your family is protected year-round.
Since 66% of burglaries are home break-ins, installing a home security system can help keep these criminals out of your home and your family safe. Even simply putting up a camera or a security light out front can deter burglars from attempting to break into your home or even stepping foot on your property.
Add a new bedroom
Whether or not you are planning on having a kid (or another kid), adding a new room to your home is always a great idea. If you don’t plan on having a child, you can turn that room into an office, a playroom, a studio, or whatever else you want! If you are having a kid or plan on having a kid, now is the perfect time to focus on home additions.
Even if things return to 100% normalcy in the next few weeks (which is very unlikely), you should always be looking to improve your property. Start small, start researching, start planning — and get to work!
See: 7 Nice Things You Can Do to Improve Your Home During The Coronavirus Lockdown