We have been in our custom home for a few months now and while it's great to be in, the work continues. In addition to hiring contractors for certain jobs, we are taking the DIY approach to others.
The key for us is to determine what work we are capable of doing ourselves and what we should leave to the professionals in the construction and design industry. Our challenge is while some trades are extremely professional and do a good job, others are lacking the perfectionist personality trait we have. The difference is this. Just like when you owns your own business and it’s your “baby”, when you are building and designing your own house you become attached to it. It’s our masterpiece which we pour our blood, sweat and tears into and we want it to be built well and just right… no shortcuts.
In addition, the DIY approach is cost effective. As long as you know what your skill-set is, otherwise fixing mistakes would be more time consuming. You also have to consider the fact that time is money. And sometimes, family time wins over money. That is invaluable.
For the most part we have been very pleased with the professionals we hired. We tend to use people we have used before, or those recommended by friends. After all trust is everything. When we haven’t had a recommendation we have read reviews and hoped for the best, for the most part that’s worked out!
The laundry room (Valentine’s Day gift) is in progress.
Our kitchen is complete and while relatively empty, it’s starting to feel like a home.
Grand plans for landscaping have been drawn and more furniture is on order. We are finally making progress installing lights to replace the single bulbs that were previously installed as a temporary measure.