When you’re finally living in a space that you own, the first thing you want to do is embark on your dream DIY projects.
You’ve had an idea for a mural as long as you can remember.
You know how to make all sorts of unique furniture. Your perfect garden has already bloomed in your mind.
Chances are, you have so many ideas that you don’t know where to start. So, you do what I did – you pick a project at random.
Unfortunately, this may not go as well as you expected.
The problem is that, when you’re living in a house, certain DIY projects can make your home life a misery.
Other projects can take far longer than they should because of practical living challenges.
Before you choose your next DIY project, consider the following.
Do you have adequate ventilation?
This should be obvious, but there are reasons you may overlook this question.
In my case, it was because I thought I didn’t have any options. I knew I wanted to paint and glue and create all sorts of fumes while working on my projects.
And I knew that while my home didn’t have great ventilation, I couldn’t put off these projects forever.
So I simply started.
It was a huge mistake.
What happened was that I ended up living with a half-completed project and a home in which it was hard to breathe for about half a year.
I get it. You don’t want your ventilation problems to prevent you from ever chasing your dream aesthetic.
However, if you don’t take care of the problem you’ll end up regretting it.
This may mean that you spend money on improving your ventilation that you would have spent on something much cooler.
Or you find creative ways of getting the ventilation you need.
But don’t ignore it and hope the problem goes away on its own.
Check your guest schedule
If you’re like me, you love hosting guests.
Family and friends visit from other parts of the country on holidays (and at other times) and stay in your home.
It brightens up your life during the time they’re there, giving you a chance to maintain your most precious relationships.
However, that also means that you need to have an extra room on hand when they come.
This becomes impossible if you’re doing major DIY projects in the guest room or in your own bedroom.
Ultimately, you’re going to have to move into the guest room while your bedroom projects take shape.
Decide whether you can afford to take up the space at this time.
If you want to do the project no matter what, make a plan for your guests, and let them know that you may not be the perfect host this time around.
What’s your plan B?
As we all well know, the best-laid plans of mice and men can go off the rails.
You may have the perfect schedule for your DIY projects.
You may have the time and money put aside to complete them.
And you may have told your guests to find somewhere else to stay. And then something changes.
Maybe you injure yourself, lose a job, have to travel, or even spend money on medical bills.
Suddenly, you’re left with a number of projects with loose ends.
Exposed edges, splintering floor boards, half-completed insulation.
Having to stop in the middle of a DIY project can make your living space unliveable.
Make sure you have a plan B that will come into effect in case of emergency.
This may be some extra money to spend or a room in which you can continue living comfortably.
Take all of these things into account before getting started.
The last thing you want is a house that you can no longer live in because of bad planning.