When to call in the pros
Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer at heart, or are you married to one? It’s important to know your limitations, so that you don’t take on a project that has disaster written all over it. When making major changes to your home; whether you are performing the work yourself, or hiring it out; most municipalities will require a permit for all the major trades: Electrical, Construction, Plumbing and HVAC. If you are unsure how to convey your plans to paper, it’s time you call in the professionals.
We do most of the work ourselves, but we have been doing this for 20 years, and have learned our lessons along the way. We always hire electricians, plumbers and HVAC pros for our major project work. A proper renovation design at it’s core, is about the health, safety and welfare of the home’s inhabitants.
I love, love, love refinishing old things and making them look new again. And you don’t need a permit! I don’t care how long it takes, it’s a passion of mine. I am pretty darn good at it too! Refinishing woodwork is definately my favorite though. This staircase is over 130 years old, and under this brown stuff, is wood that has a patina that you cannot duplicate with new construction. It’s going to be gorgeous.
I like refinishing hardware as well. Lacquer Thinner does a great job, but make sure to wear your PPE (personal protective equipment). Even with good ventilation, the fumes are nasty. Another great way to take the layers of paint off hardware, is to donate an old crockpot to the renovation. Fill it with water, drop in your hardware, turn it on low, and let it stew overnight. Most times the paint just peels right off the next day.