I have a friend who is obsessed with design. I mean, obsessed. For her, visiting IKEA is like going to the Museum of Modern Design. She loves spending her afternoons there. She is also the queen of DIY. Found an old chair on craigslist? She can make it new again. Need a wall painted, a table refinished, an artfully designed floor laid? Well, she’s your girl.
Not all of us are blessed with that kind of patience (or handiness) however. But sometimes it’s fun to try. Even if you do end up covered in paint with your fingers super-glued together. Not that that’s ever happened to me, of course.
If, after of all that, you are still determined to do it yourself and remodel, redesign, or otherwise redecorate, then MyHome, an NYC based kitchen and bathroom remodeling and renovation company, has some tips to get you started.
First, ask yourself who will create the design and how much time you have to commit to the project. While software design programs are available, you generally need training before you’re ready to create a new bathroom, for instance. Depending on the scale of the project, you may need to hire a designer or architect.
Next, find out what materials you need, and ask yourself if they are right for the space. Determine your basic style, make a list of everything you need, including the color, type of material, style and size of each item, and then shop shop shop until you find what you are looking for. If you have a limited budget, browse around before you commit so that you can find the best deals for your price range.
Next, and most importantly, get your paperwork together before you build. Whether you live in a house, condo, or apartment, many locations require permits or approval by a board first, so do your research. Contact the city’s building department, ask the building manager about your building’s requirements, and coordinate licenses and insurance documents.
Lastly, ask yourself who will do the construction. Unless your trade is carpentry, you should probably hire someone to build anything. If you hire out, be sure to check the licenses of each company you choose. According to MyHome, contractors often close their business and reopen under a new name if they previously received too many complaints.
During my travels around the globe, I noticed that people pay for speed and convenience. So if you’re on a higher budget and a limited time frame, pay extra and get the hassle over with. Enjoy your vacation, if you will. If, however, you don’t mind taking the slow road home, then try your hand at DIY. Hopefully you have more patience than I do. And fewer problems with super glue.