We recently decided to take on some home improvement jobs around the house and in order to try and save some money we thought that we would attempt a lot of the work ourselves as opposed to calling in expensive professionals. We started off fine by searching for UPVC door hardware online and then actually going around and looking at UPVC doors, hardware stores and trying to find any sales being advertised. We managed to get what we wanted but when it came to the actual renovations I had had enough and decided that I would rather work extra hours at the office and pay someone to do the home improvements instead.
There is so much more involved than just visiting the stores and making selections from showrooms. The fun part is collecting the shade cards and looking at all the funny names give to various shades of the same colour. Once the novelty has worn off it is time to do the actual hard work and this is where I threw in the towel. Against the wishes of my husband I called a couple of professional people and explained the things that needed doing to make the house look better.
It was such a relief not to have to worry about which grain of wood, which UPVC door hardware and which window fasteners were the best. I left it all in the capable hands of people to whom these decisions are second nature and who actually enjoy dealing with carpenters, joiners and builders. I left for work each morning with a light heart and did not feel guilty when I came home and saw that my husband was stressed out because he kept on interfering with the work and since he didn’t really know a lot about the trade, he was not being taken seriously.
The guilt did not kick in because as I saw it, it was his own choice and I had tried to explain that he would be better off following my example and going to work. Instead he wanted to be involved and stay with the contractors as they made all the small decisions and purchases. I made sure that I was involved in the important things like which style of curtain fittings and where to place the new wardrobes which we have had built.
The choice of UPVC doors hardware and windows , I left to my husband as I felt that he would probably make a better choice since I neither knew much about these things and neither did I care. As for the things like carpets and curtains, well this was certainly my domain and I even took a day off work so that we could go around the various stores and shopping centres to try and see what was available. The final selections were a joint decision but I admit that the majority of input in this department was mine regarding styles, colours, textures and other considerations, not forgetting the prices.