Sheds top list of home­owner DIY projects

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Alan J. Heav­ens

THE Home Projects Coun­cil con­ducted a re­cent sur­vey of 507 home­own­ers in the United States and 45 per cent said they planned to spend $1,000 or more on out­door do-it-your­self home­im­prove­ment projects in 2015. In 2014, just 37 per cent of home­own­ers re­spond­ing planned to spend at that level. This year’s sur­vey re­sponses also showed that build­ing projects would be in­creas­ing at a greater rate over last year than land­scap­ing, re­pair and main­te­nance projects. The top DIY con­struc­tion pro­ject was build­ing a shed or stor­age struc­ture, fol­lowed by pour­ing a con­crete pa­tio, steps or side­walk, the sur­vey showed. Next in line were in­stalling a gar­den pond or bird bath, and build­ing a deck or porch, pa­tio or walk­way, the coun­cil said. “While home main­te­nance projects re­main a pri­or­ity, home­own­ers are be­com­ing more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent with more in­volved and com­plex home im­prove­ment projects,” said Frank Owens, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for Quikrete Cos. and a mem­ber of the coun­cil. The sur­vey found that the big­gest fac­tor pre­vent­ing home­own­ers from at­tempt­ing or com­plet­ing an out­door pro­ject was the ex­pense, fol­lowed closely by the time re­quired.

HAND­OUT / STU­DIO SHED LLC

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey, sheds and stor­age struc­tures are the top DIY con­struc­tion projects for 2015.

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