DIY: To Do, or Not To Do?

diy finalDIY, otherwise known as Do-It-Yourself, is an ethic promoting the idea that anyone is capable of performing a variety of tasks rather than relying on paid specialists. DIY champions the average individual seeking the knowledge and expertise to complete a project they might typically hire a professional to do.
But, at what cost does DIY come when you consider a home improvement project? How do you know when to tackle a project yourself and when to call in an expert?
Examples of DIY projects that often end in success include:
· Creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces and gardens Lots of weekend gardeners love spending time digging in the dirt and seeing the fruits of their labor bloom.
· Painting and custom treatments on your walls. These design details are fun to learn and easy to fix or change as a novice.


When should you avoid DIY, no matter how tempting or exciting the challenge may seem?:


· Home additions or structural changes. These typically have many important considerations that require an expert opinion (engineering, electrical work, gas or plumbing pipes and so on).
· Roof repair. This is rarely a safe undertaking for any homeowner or their homes.
· Outdoor kitchens: It might seem easy enough (a little flooring and a grill-station) but you could end up with a half-finished patio and plumbing gone awry.


Your home is an investment for your comfort and enjoyment and should not be another obligation impacting the limited time you have to spend with family and friends. While you might love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well-done (like creating a beautiful outdoor space), you also should consider the expense and headaches of spending your free time on complex projects that are best left to a professional.


Vertex Carpentry has more than 20 years of experience tackling Honey-Do lists of all sizes and scopes. Call us the next time your DIY hobby grows into a major project, and we will free you up to enjoy your weekends again.

Support Your Local Business

16-iws-0774_social_media_bundle_3_fbgraphic-rev4As a small business owner, I choose to patronize small businesses. We share common goals and common values like sustainability, quality workmanship, and lasting relationships with our customers. We treasure the unique value of our communities.

What would happen if we all extended that mindset to not just shopping, but to other economic decisions as well: service merchants, auto mechanics, grocers, health care providers, pet services, and even, yes, home improvements?”
According to Independent We Stand, an online community of small business owners, all small businesses share certain fundamental characteristics. A few of my favorite reasons to buy local include:

  • Keep Our Community Unique. Locally owned businesses cater to the cultural base of the neighborhood it serves.
  • You will get better service. Local businesses tend provide better customer care by giving special attention to each patron they serve.
  • Reduce Environmental Impact. Locally owned businesses are more likely to purchase local, resulting in less travel and reduced air pollutants. And, if they’re right down the street from home, your own carbon footprint is reduced as you visit that business rather that travel farther afoot.
  • Invest in the local communities and encourage local prosperity. Small businesses, entrepreneurs and experienced workers will more likely live and invest in communities that preserve the characteristics of locally owned businesses.

When you’re making the important economic decision to create, renovate or build your home, find a local professional with a passion for excellence and long-standing customer relationships. More than 20 years ago, I founded Vertex Carpentry on the very principles embodied in the Shop Local movement, and I would love to bring my local mindset, long history of craftsmanship and customer- focused perspective to your next home project.