Some people budget when it comes to large home improvement projects but we tend to do projects as we have money to get things done. My husband is also a rather good do it yourself, guy. This means that if you can do it yourself why should you pay someone when you can do a quality job yourself. While I think this is hugely valid and definitely saves lots of money, time is certainly a rather large challenge.
We have been working on our lake home for about a year and a half now and so far we have the structure up, a roof over our heads and have replaced all but 2 windows in the whole house.
Sometime during the winter months I lost all water to the house as my hubby thought it would be a better idea to totally redo what was there as it was mostly leaky anyway. The last straw came in when the toilet began leaking and he realized the flooring needed work due to the leak. Next thing I know I get a phone call to let me know I no longer have a toilet and oh by the way, No Running Water.
Roll ahead to June 19, 2012. I have running water outside so I can at least get some fresh water. Plumbing is ran except to the new kitchen which is in the new addition part of the house. The bathroom is our focus as we all would love to have a toilet in the house again. (Simple Pleasures).
So silly me, I assume I will get a toilet as soon as I get plumbing, but no. It turns out we have to do the tile on the floor and on the wall that the toilet will be near as it would be difficult to do this after the toilet is installed.
I am thrilled to report that the tile is starting to go down. He has also done the concrete work for the walk in shower and I am pretty excited about the idea of a toilet and a place to wash off the day’s dirt.
Budget, well not exactly but this works really well for us. Patience is a must and you certainly have to understand that you may be without life’s luxury’s for awhile.
If you can live with the mess and the loss if certain conveniences for a bit and you truly are that handy person you might consider a small home improvement project. If you are a bit more savy, you might take on a bigger challenge. By the way, we do hire services from time to time. We hired the block work for the addition to be done and we hired a guy to shingle for us so we had the roof covered before the winter and we also payed that same guy to side the tall lake side of the house as we did not have scaffolding to reach the peak area.
Please share a do it yourself story of your own. Sometimes we need to laugh about some of our challenges so that we have the strength to keep plugging along!