Tools are essential with home improvement projects. And if you are inspiring to be a certified do-it-yourselfer, you have to familiarize with the tools of the trade and the materials that are best suited for your projects. You need a range of basic tools while working around the house wherever the work involves repair, remodeling, redecorating or construction of an additional wing or room.

The tools you will use will most likely depend on the kind job you intend to undertake and the kind of materials you plan to use. If you are planning to construct an additional room of wooden materials, you will need tools best suited for wood works. If the additional room is concrete then you need a different set of tools. In any case, if your intention is not to see a carpenter ever again around your house you'll need more than a couple of things. You'll need tools for floors, ceilings, walls and cabinet. Perhaps if you are inclined to go into plumbing and electrical you will need other tools appropriate for such jobs.

Carpentry Tools

For carpentry you'll need a few. But do not forget the work bench. The quality of work bench you construct is the initial gauge of how you'll fare in home improvement projects.

o Measuring tools. A tape measure will do but a combination square will provide other uses such as determine the "squareness" of a joint. It is also useful when you are using handheld circular saws. It can be adjusted to measure heights as well as depth.

o Handsaws. Easy to use, handy, and do not need electrical power, that, cheap.

o The Electric Drill. A versatile tool, it drill holes, sands and grinds, drives screws home, and even stirs paint. A tool you can not do without

o Hammers and screwdrivers.

o Random Orbital Sander. This is a one-handed tool that is convenient and driven by an electric motor. It is used to speed up sanding rough surfaces or for fine finish due to its circular random motion.

o Planes. The esthetic tool in the carpenter's kit. There are three distinct planes: the jack plane used for taking off rough surfaces of the board, the short smoothing plane, used to even up the irregular marks made by the jack plane and the fore plane, used to straighten edges of finished surfaces and boards .

Organic Materials for the most common parts of the house

Now let's go to materials that are now getting a lot of attention among home improvement practitioners for being environmentally friendly and cost effective.

o Organic based-paints are environmental friendly and do not emit pungent odor.

o Wall materials: You can also use transparent glass tiles, formaldehyde-free panels made from agricultural wastes and man-made stone products.

o Counters and Vanities. Glues are going natural and glues from soy are gradually replacing formaldehyde sealants and adhesives in furniture plywood. For cabinets and floors recycled lumber are available for you. Even stone and tile counters are now also being made from recycled products.

o Heating: Check on Radiant floors. Heated towel warmers are versatile as they warm the towel for comfort and at the same time reduces moisture to avoid mildew growth.

o Fabrics. Plush, 100 percent cotton fabrics are best but bamboo fabric is a good alternative.

These are some general information on tools and materials for a DIY to consider. Certainly there are hundreds more that you have to encounter before you can become a certified do-it-yourselfer.