Do or do not? Make the right call when it comes to DIY

Even the most experienced do-it-yourself homeowners should know that some projects are better left to the professionals. Use this blog as a DIY guide when remodeling or redecorating your home.


Put your skills to the test! These projects are DIY safe.


Tiling a backsplash is a great place to start for DIY beginners. Choose a natural tile over ceramic, porcelain or glass that tend to be less forgiving. Ensure that the wall is smooth and flat before you start and opt for a mastic or pre-mixed mortar to reduce the risk of a mess. For larger tiling projects, consult a design/build professional.


A fresh coat of interior paint is a simple and cost-effective improvement you can easily complete yourself if you have the time. Remember to properly sand the wall, fill in any holes and cover furniture before you begin.


Low-maintenance landscaping can add curb appeal and is a great way to improve the exterior of your home. Take a trip to your local garden center and choose plants that are native to your region or that are drought-tolerant. These will require less water and maintenance – score!


Take a step back. Leave the heavy lifting to the pros.

Taking down walls

Even if the wall is non-structural, there is a chance you’ll need approval before removing it. Hire a licensed building practitioner to help you throughout the process, especially because any non-approved work will show up in the LIM report if you try to sell your home later.

Electrical and gas

You can run into serious danger by playing with wires. Don’t risk causing a fire or filling your home with deadly carbon monoxide just to save a few bucks. When it comes to electrical work or hooking up gas appliances, call a licensed professional.

Plumbing repair/relocation

Tightening a nut or screw may seem like a quick and easy way to fix a broken pipe or leak, but you may end up causing more water damage. This is especially true if you’re thinking of relocating a tub or toilet. A professional plumber will know how to uphold the current code and can give you peace of mind, knowing that they will not harm your home any further.

If you are thinking about a home remodel and need more advice on what you can do yourself and what is better left to the professionals, let us know. Our proven Design/Build process ensures that all projects are managed from start to finish by trained professionals. Contact us today!