Which DIY home renovation projects could add the most value to your house — and which ones to avoid

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have a lot more time on their hands — and they’re spending that time at home.

Earlier in the health crisis, economists predicted that spending on renovation projects would actually dip across much of the country. But recent data show that there’s been a definite surge in interest in certain home improvement projects.

Just look at the lumber market: There’s now a shortage of pressure-treated lumber used to build decks across the country.

Meanwhile, the housing market has recovered well from the start of the pandemic, with home sales rising considerably thanks to pent-up demand among buyers fueled even further by record-low mortgage rates.

As a result, many homeowners may be considering the benefits of fixing up their home to make it more appealing to potential buyers — and a nicer place to live in the era of social distancing. And they may

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This 97-square-foot tiny home on wheels has all of its furniture stored in the walls to save space — see inside the $45,000 minimalist aVOID

The aVOID Tiny Home.
The aVOID Tiny Home.

Leonardo Di Chiara

  • Architect and engineer Leonardo Di Chiara created the minimalist approximately 97-square aVOID Tiny House.

  • The 97-square foot home’s main furniture pieces are built into the walls, creating a minimalist and open space when the furniture isn’t in use.

  • Despite its title as the smallest tiny home ever built in Italy, according to its maker, aVOID has all of the same amenities as a traditional home, including a bathroom, kitchen, and a sleeping and dining space.

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Architect and engineer Leonardo Di Chiara created a minimalist approximately 97-square foot home on wheels named aVOID Tiny House.

The goal of the award-winning aVOID tiny home was to create a lifestyle centered around minimalism and sustainability, while also serving as a potential gateway into the idea of “migratory neighborhoods” in Europe. The latter, if applied to aVOID, would

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