We’re BIG do-it-yourselfers. I love to look at a dated home and imagine the possibilities.
Give me your teal toilets.
Show me your brown bathtubs.
Let me tear out your 1970s decor.
I shall make it beautiful.
The sense of accomplishment I get from doing the work is incredible.
The home we just completed in Colorado was our biggest effort. Here is the before pic:
And here is the after:
That was a LOT of work, most of which we did ourselves (We did not do some of the rough carpentry or drywall. Those tasks are cheap to hire out and not worth my time.).
Along the way, we:
- plumbed the addition/replumbed the existing part of the home
- wired the addition
- built two new bathrooms and remodeled the existing one
- gutted/rebuilt the kitchen
- installed new flooring throughout
- built decks in front and in back
- built fancy posts for the front of the home
However, 20 years ago, I didn’t know how to do much of anything.
From Zero To DIY Crazy People
My journey as a DIYer started about 20 years ago. When a plumber that I had hired to fix a leaky fixture didn’t show up, I went to the library and checked out a book. (YouTube wasn’t around yet) I studied a bit, bought a kit from the store, and fixed the faucet myself. When the unreliable plumber finally called back, I had the pleasure of telling him that I no longer needed his services.
While intimidating, the job wasn’t that hard. Emboldened, I tried other jobs like setting tile, installing new electric fixtures, hanging cabinets, and carpentry. Before I knew it, Mindy and I were flipping homes for fun and profit.
The Why Of DIY
We just bought another home to remodel. We’ll be taking our time with this one, gradually completing projects over the next 2-4 years and documenting the whole project on our YouTube channel. We’re still in the planning stages, but we’ll be swinging hammers soon. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to encourage you to try your own DIY projects. We created a video in which we explain our Why Of DIY:
But wait, that’s not all!
In the video, we also show you some of the interesting artifacts that I found in the suspended ceiling. If you have a delicate constitution, please brace yourself! 🙂
Also see our previous videos including our home tour:
And tips for your next flip:
Do you DIY? If so, tell us about your projects in the comments.
Does DIY terrify you? If so, tell us your fears and we’ll help you get over them.
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