Q&A - Hiring help vs. doing it yourself

I'll be honest with you - in my heart, I am a do-it-yourselfer. Ever since I began building my own homes about 30 years ago, I have always been a hands-on kind of person. With this project I handled the meetings, planning and logistics and lined everything up as best I can to ensure a smooth home building process. I also plan on doing the windows, framing and a lot of the building envelope construction myself.

A lot of what I can do myself when it comes to building my new home is knowledge accumulated over the years from practical experience. Some of it I learned from the licensed professionals with whom I've established good working relationships and sometimes friendships with over the years. Mainly, I love doing the work myself because I love building homes.

But of course, there are things that I know I can't do myself and need to bring in licensed professionals to help with. Digging the foundation and pouring a slab are two examples of things that I don't have the time or machinery to do. I've found that part of what makes a project successful is knowing when to do things yourself or place it into someone else's hands.

What do you think - where do you draw the line? Are you more experimental, or is there are clear place where your realm of doing it yourself ends? Join the conversation and let us know what you think!


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