Do It Yourself: Make your hearth with your own hands
Millions of pounds are spent every day in home-styling and home-making in the UK, right from complex and hazardous tasks that involve building and dealing with chemicals to simple electric work that is only a 5-minute job. Many people end up paying through their nose for hiring help to make or fix things that they could have easily done on their own. As a result, things that are indeed practical and sustainable turn into stress-causing factors around the house; and of course, nobody likes shelling out the money if they can avoid it!
Many jobs around the house such as washing up the upholstery and the carpets, changing wallpapers, even putting up fixtures to hang framed pictures from are often put off because people believe it requires technical know-how and paraphernalia to carry out DIY jobs. Sometimes, even though you save up on hired help, you may end up spending more on DIY jobs because you are unable to source cheap raw material. People also tend to avoid DIY jobs because it involves spending time and effort, and they would just rather pay to have the jobs done. However, DIY has a number of advantages.
First of all, DIY is a generally rewarding experience; it allows you to add value to your home and its beauty on your own. If you are working on a budget and don’t own fancy tools and gadgets, it is all the more better because now you have the freedom to get creative with cheap alternatives to work with. Plus, since you have made things yourself, you will tend to value them more in terms of quality and the effort it took you to make them. As a result, you will not take workers and contractors for granted, and neither will you let them take you for a ride, because you are aware of the costing and time-consumption.
Besides, DIY need not necessarily refer to building and construction projects; it may be as simple as taking care of the pudding stain on your carpet, or trimming the shrubs in your backyard or even sewing up a seam tear in your curtains. It may not be very time-consuming at all! You could make it a creative project to work on during the weekend, having a little time to yourself.
You could even make it a family project and if you have children, you can encourage them to participate creatively; capitalise on the colour and design ideas that their fresh, young minds can churn out. It might even mean spending quality time with your youngsters and if you make it interesting enough, you might even be able to drag them away from their televisions and computers and contribute to the household productively. What a win-win situation!
Needless to say, a DIY experience teaches you a lot. You can search online for some tips and knowledge related to carpentry, masonry and electric work, and you can learn the rest on the job!