Great Blogs, like great TV programs, are seasonal. That’s my theory. Take summers off. Why not? In that spirit, welcome to the new season of Remodeling Guy!
Let’s jump right in!
Create Your Dream Home!
Despite what’s going on in the world, despite what your “bottom line” is financially, regardless of who you are, where you live, or what your style is… you have a dream home! It might change from minute to minute, like mine does, but at any point in time…there is a dream!
I’d say that the room in this picture, which is a product of great minds at Haynes-Roberts, Inc. in New York, fits pretty nicely with my “today” version of a dream home. It has some of my favorite things. Some of which I’ve written about in detail in the past. Things like:
But my favorite thing in this picture is the floor. I LOVE the floor. Here is another shot of it:
It makes me all tingly!
Let me ask you something. When you see this room, this floor, these windows, do you feel the real possibility that you can have this in your home? Or your personal version of this? I say you can and that it doesn’t have to cost what you think it might.
All you need to start is vision! Ideas! Inspiration.
During my hiatus from blogging, I’ve been doing a whole lot of thinking. The world just isn’t the same as it used to be and it’s taken some getting used to. Ideas are changing, people are changing. When it comes to houses, priorities are changing. In fact, I’m changing too!
When it comes to my house, I want it to be authentic. I want it to be really ME (er… I mean, US). I don’t want to take this picture and COPY it, I want to create my own environment and I’ll use the picture to inspire. I also want it to tell a story! I want the furniture, the walls, the lights, the paint…ALL OF IT to tell a story.
And I want to do it cheap! In fact… I NEED to do it cheap. My money (or at least the money I thought I had) sprouted wings and flew away. So now, I have to be creative. Good thing I already was!
Authentic. Me. Tells a Story. Cheap. … oh, and one more thing. NOW!
Do it yourself. I’ve been struggling and struggling with how to reconcile the fact that I’m a General Contractor with the fact that I think people ought to do the work themselves. Seems like a contradiction. Maybe it is, but the fact remains that the only way that I (or you) can get all the things I want is to do the work. Hands on.
You don’t have to do all of the work, but the more the better. It depends on your time, your aptitude, your willingness to learn and make mistakes, and your willingness to accept imperfection in the finished product. Imperfect can look really great anyway! Take a look:
How cool is that? This clay work of functional art by Maarten Baas is perfect in its imperfection. Like me!
Don’t Forget The Story!
When you work on your own home, you build more than an improvement. You build a stockpile of stories that you can remember and share for years to come. You not only have a new bathroom, you have a crazy story about the exciting removal of the old toilet, or the plumbing joint that wasn’t quite water tight. That’s part of the value, a big part.
The money you can save doing the work yourself is hard to even measure. If you’re patient and relentless in your search for cheap materials, you can do major jobs for hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. It’s all about how much time and energy you have to put in. And about what you’re willing to do to get what you want.
And, in many ways, you just might reinvent yourself in the process.
The New Season of Remodeling Guy
I’ve had my time off, and I’ve had time to think. I’ve decided that I really want to help people with this blog and I know that my experience can be helpful to anyone in a remodeling project. So I’m going to get back in the saddle.
Look for more posts and a whole bunch of encouragement on doing the work yourself. That’s the direction I’m going. You may need to hire a plumber, or an electrician, or a roofer…you might not do it all yourself, but the more the better. It will be authentically you!
I’ve re-opened the Remodeling Guy Forums to questions. Please forgive me if there is a bunch of spam on there. I have to figure out how to try and stop that. But I welcome your questions and you can browse the past questions already there.