When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, Calif., they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. You can see it here and it’s nice, isn’t it?
And the couple did every single thing themselves, with their own hands — demolition (friends helped at the demolition party), foundation, framing, flooring, electrical, plumbing, drywall, cabinets, moldings, paint. Everything. It was a marathon.
There was only one thing Arnie really, really hated, and that was the plumbing. “I detest plumbing,” he said. Beneath the counter, trying to install this or that pipe or fixture, he cursed so much that Lily threatened to call in a plumber. But no. Arnie declared he was not going this get the best of him. He finally finished the plumbing part of the job, though with anguish.
But over at Kristina and Dave’s DIY remodeled kitchen, it was the cabinet painting that got to them, and if they had it to do over again, they would hire it out.
And that got me thinking about how most of us really detest some part of the DIY process. Does it make sense to power through it? Or does it make more sense to hire a professional and save ourselves the trauma?
How about you?