For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term DIY, it is actually an acronym for Do It Yourself…and this tiny acronym has taken the country by storm!
Great hub. I so agree…use what we have. Your suggestions are spot on. About 20 years ago I was able to buy a 14 room historic home for a song. It needed so much remodeling that we started from the day we moved and until the day we moved out and made some progress. (Our reason for leaving was written about in a hub.) But we used and reused what we had. A dresser in the bathroom just gives a home a special look.
Freshly poured concrete should be sufficiently cured, a minimum of thirty days before the concrete floor acid stain application. If score patterns are desired, a diamond blade grinder may be used to score various patterns, borders or designs onto the surface prior to, or after concrete acid stain application. If light colored grout lines are desired score after staining process is complete.
The only solution available was to hire contractors to do the work. While this proved to be an excellent answer regarding the lack of knowledge, it didn’t save the homeowners any money. In many cases it ended up costing them more than they had bargained for when the contractor they hired ended up doing a sub-par job and they had to engage the services of another company to come and fix the problem.
I am looking to have a 1,700 sq ft basement (with full bath, gym, office and living room) plus a bluestone patio with a firepit, an outdoor shower, a 175 ft vinyl fence and a 16×10 shed completed. I have gotten two quotes. The first is for approximately $103,000 and the second quote is for a $15,000 flat fee for labor plus the cost of any materials we choose.