Custom Carpentry—DIY or Hire a Professional?

With cookie cutter homes popping up in subdivisions across the United States, its easy to see why many are dissatisfied with their home’s interior. While it may be practical and presentable, many people complain that their home’s interior simply lacks character. And, of course, that’s where custom carpentry comes in—large scale renovations that can add stairs, rooms, alcoves, windowsills, and other designs that turn a house into a unique and beautiful home, but the question remains, should you take on this kind of project on your own , or should you hire a professional? The choice is yours, but there area benefits and drawbacks on each answer. Understanding these choices a little bit more can help you make your decision.

Benefits of “DIY” Custom Carpentry

When you do it yourself, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’ll get exactly what you want—that is if you’re able to complete the project. DIY custom carpentry is a great option for people who are really skilled and have some background in the world of carpentry. If you are one of these people, you can create your own plans and implement your own design without trying to describe your vision to someone else.

In addition, DIY carpentry can be a great achievement if you manage to pull off a finished product that you like. For years, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and your hard work, and if you plan to pass your home on to children or grandchildren, the parts of your home that you designed yourself can be a wonderful heirloom for your family.

Drawbacks of “DIY” Custom Carpentry

Although custom carpentry can be very beneficial for your home, there are some definite drawbacks. If you aren’t a professional carpenter, for instance, you shouldn’t think that a few how-to videos and books can prepare you for a real, large-scale carpentry job. Many people get discouraged once they realize how much hard work is actually involved in carpentry, and this leaves unsightly, unfinished projects. In addition, DIY custom carpentry takes a great deal of time, time many people don’t have. And if you’re unsatisfied with the product, you have to look at it for a long time, disliking it, or pay for a professional after you’re already invested time and money of your own.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional

A professional carpenter can be advantageous when you have a specific project in mind, when you’re short on time, when you don’t really know what you want, and when you lack the necessary carpentry skills. Because most professional carpenters are trained Drawbacks of Hiring a Professional

Most professionals are expensive, although not as expensive as you may think. In fact, you’ll often realize that doing it yourself is usually just as expensive as hiring a professional. However, you do run the risk of hiring the wrong professional when you go this route, someone who could damage your home, complete your project in a way that you would not complete it, or even cheat you by failing to complete the work after payment.

Making a Decision

When it comes to deciding which is better—a professional or the DIYer in your family, you should weigh the information above, but you should also think about the source of the professional you might hire. Working with a carpentry professional that you find in the classifieds or who comes from a company without a reputation can be dangerous, but when you choose an established home improvement company, you know you don’t have to worry about many of these concerns. However, choosing a professional or choosing to do your custom carpentry yourself is a personal decision. Make it by thinking about your goals, your finances, and your desires—just don’t jump to the hammer (or the phone book) before you think it through!
 
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