Planning a DIY project or renovation all by yourself? More and more people are doing so these days, whether in an effort to save money or simply trying out a new skill. A lot of us enjoy the feeling of creating our own homes; being able to point at something, even just a shelf, and say ‘I did that’. But with so few of us nowadays having DIY backgrounds, is it really possible to transform your whole house yourself? The most important thing is to weigh out the time versus money aspect. If you want to attempt a job yourself but don’t really know what you are doing, you could save money, yes. But if a job that was supposed to take ten minutes ends up taking you a few days, it might be best to call in the professionals. Check out our DIY don’ts:
The DIY Don’ts!
DIY Don’ts – 1 Painting
This might sound ridiculous at first – after all, how hard can it be to paint a wall? Much harder than you think, actually. All sorts of things can affect how well paint takes to a wall – the texture of the wall whether there is leftover wallpaper paste on the wall, the type of paint you choose…. the list goes on. Often, people walk blindly into a paint store and pick up the first color they like the look of, not taking into account whether it will actually work on their wall at home. Plus, the actual painting process itself can be tricky. There isn’t really any way of doing it except manually, and no one wants to end up with a patchy or streaky wall. Just to cover your back, speak to local painting services about whether they will be able to help you get a nice even color on the wall in question.
DIY Don’ts – 2 Flooring
Sick of that old, dusty carpet you’ve got in your living room? Maybe you’ve been scouring Pinterest looking at dreamy hardwood floors, and have now decided that’s what you want in your house. Sounds great, initially – but have you thought about how you are going to do it? Carpet removal can be a bit of a pain – not just because the discarded carpet is likely to just sit in your garage for the next six months while you figure out what to do with it! But the process of sanding and polishing floorboards on your own can be extremely laborious. In this case, it is usually better to call in someone who is educated in this type of job. An expert in installing wood floors can help distinguish the type of wood floor that is right for your foundation. For instance, engineered floors are more stable on a concrete foundation. Picking the wrong type of wood floor installation can be costly if it starts to buckle after you’ve installed it. There are other things to consider like transition strips and cutting the interior doors to allow for the new finished floor height.
DIY Don’ts – 3 Electric
This one should go without saying – except maybe for changing a lightbulb! But you would be surprised at the amount of people who hurt themselves as a result of tampering with their homes electric. Plus, trying to fix an electrical fault when you aren’t entirely sure what you are doing could lead to even worse issues, such as losing power in your whole house. If you are in any doubt, leave it to the professionals; it isn’t worth getting hurt or losing money over.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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