If you want to take DIY to the next level, you can try home construction. Home construction takes the jobs you’d usually give to labourers and just do them yourself. It’s the ultimate evolution of DIY. It’s tricky, though. You need to know what you’re doing, and you need to plan appropriately. We’ll walk you through a few tips to get started.
You can’t go head first into this without a little bit of experience. Maybe you used to work on a construction site as a teenager. Maybe you did a building course at college years ago. It could be you’ve just had a play around with some materials to learn the theory. The point is, don’t go into this as a total amateur. At that point, you’re putting the project at risk as well as yourself.
Get The Materials
You can’t start anything without the right materials. If you were to try making your own doors, you’d need the timber to start cutting. You can get those materials from George Hill Timber. It’s also a good idea to figure out how much you need per door, and a little extra to account for mistakes.
Have A Plan
If you don’t have a plan, you can’t start. Don’t think you can just go outside to start constructing a little shed by yourself. You need to know how big it’s going to be, and how it will hold together. Structures need to be supported or else they will collapse. If you were to build a shed without any plan, you’re likely to build the walls too far apart. When the walls are too far apart, they cannot properly hold up the roof. A supporting beam or load bearing wall can help hold up the structure. If you didn’t account for that when building the shed, though, it’d just collapse. Likewise, the wood needs to be adequately protected from termites, else it could collapse even if you build it correctly.
Don’t Do It Alone
Some home construction projects aren’t for you to do alone. Some require multiple people to get done on time. It may go against the idea of doing it yourself, but you’re only one person. If you need more people, hire them. If you’ve got a few friends who can do the job, see if you can get them to help out. If not, you’re going to be looking for independent contractors to do the job.
Adding extensions onto your home may require planning permission before you start. Always get these planning permissions confirmed before any construction work is to start. If you do not have these permissions, you may end up in trouble with local authorities. This could end up in you having to tear down the construction. Don’t put your hard work to waste, do the paperwork beforehand.
Know Your Limits
If something is beyond your skill level, just hire a proper construction agency to do it. Don’t try and be too ambitious if you don’t have the skill to back it up. If you want to start making a full extension of your home and your only experience is building barbecues, just get someone else to do it.
Originally posted 2015-10-12 11:32:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter