It’s that time of year that now the clocks have moved forward, the weather is – occasionally (this is the UK after all) – more spring-like and the sound of mowers cutting lawns fills the weekend afternoons, that many of us start to contemplate home improvements, garden makeovers and the like. The 4-day Easter weekend has become in practice the traditional start to the DIY season, but how do you ensure you’re not one of those for whom it becomes an expensive or painful experience?
If your home is your castle - don’t spoil it!
We all of us take pride in the place we call home. Little things matter. Individual touches make a big difference. However, no matter what you’re contemplating, don’t do something you’ll wake up regretting the following day!
While some changes are more superficial and transient than others, if you fancy your hand at a bigger project, then a little forethought counts for a lot:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
So said Benjamin Franklin nearly 300 years ago. Planning and preparation have long been recognised as fundamental to success. Sometimes it’s ok to act on a whim, but when it comes to significant home improvements, then a little more consideration is time well spent to avoid those DIY disasters.
Our top tips for DIY projects include:
- Stay safe: the obvious one but getting this right matters! Dress appropriately with the right safety gear, check your kit and surroundings before you start. If you’re not sure, ask for advice.
- Little helpers: as much as they like to be involved, please keep your children and pets out of the way!
- Gas safety: do use a registered gas safe engineer if you’re working with gas. Your insurance won’t pay out if something goes wrong.
- Dodgy wiring: the same can be said for electrics… Qualified electricians have their qualifications for a reason and a house fire is unlikely to be on your bucket list of experiences.
- Water: yet another potential disaster averted if you switch this off at the stopcock first.
- Stud detectors can also help you avoid the live wires, gas and water pipes.
- Power tools: make sure you know how to use them safely, well before you switch them on.
- “Measure twice, cut once”: one of the oldest sayings in the building trade for a reason.
- Avoid false economies: yes, you usually do get what you pay for. Check your budget. Don’t spend more than you can afford, but the cheapest paint and paintbrush might do for an out of the way spot, but your living room won’t necessarily have the finish you desire.
Handily for you, if your idea of a home improvement is by means of a timber garage, car port (with or without a room above), porch or balcony, then you can rest assured that our timber frame kits are designed to assemble in such a way that a DIY disaster should be the last thing on your mind.
All our kits are handmade to order in our factory in Wales. You can choose from a range of “off the shelf” kits, or talk through your design ideas for a bespoke custom-made building. We also provide the relevant drawings for planning applications if permission is required. Yet one more potential concern out of the way.
However you choose to spend your weekend, make the most of it and stay safe!