I’ve been doing things myself pretty much my whole life, either I couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do it, or I wasn’t about to pay someone “that much” to do it for me.
I’m your average normal guy, who used to have an average normal shop, then I wanted a bit more room. The one and a half car garage just wasn’t cutting it anymore, I either needed to move the shop out and build something new or move the stuff I shared the shop with out and build something to put it in. At the time I lived in vinyl village with a HOA, they weren’t too keen on either of the options, so I opted for a third.
I took the money I saved for the shop expansion and bought a just about to be condemned 1000 sqf house sitting on an acre and a half of land. Spent 3 years gutting and fixing what was there on nights, weekends, and vactions. Then sold the house in the vinyl village and put the proceeds into doubling the size of the original house with a 1000 sqf addition.
I’d say the wife and I have done 90% of the work ourselves. We hired out a few things because it just wasn’t feasible to do ourselves or because it would have taken us months to complete and it really needed to be done in weeks if not days. Some of the skills to do all this work I’ve acquired in the past, some are new skills I’ve aquired on the web and YouTube. I figure it’s time to pay some of that debt back, and thus this website and YouTube channel were born.
Hopefully you learn something, if not a completely new skill, maybe just a different take on an old one.