tataminodani wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 30, 2023 3:10 pm
The absolute most important part of DIY is not being afraid and just trying
Most stuff can be worked out on the fly or researched a bit then tried. Just look at the problem, think about it and then try something. If it fails, try something else.
I for sure want to try some things here or there if I see an opportunity. But I always hear stories of people buying crazy cheap Akiya and then DIYing most of everything that needs fixing themselves for pennies. And while that sounds exciting, I don't want to bite of more than I can chew I guess, or end up spending more than we would on a nicer house in reforms when we find out the DIY might be out of our skill level.
I was sad to find out that there used to be an Irori (the small open fire pit) but they renovated a floor over it.
The chimney is still there, so I may think about rebuilding it. I always wanted one.
We've seen so many places up there with those! They're' so cool
It's not on our 'definitely need' list or anything, but we'd definitely be happy if we end up with one. Interested to hear about the rebuilding if you get around it it!
Also, pros don't not make mistakes - they just know how to cover them up better and which direction to make allowances in. e.g. better to make your first cut too long and trim back slowly than too short and have to start over. As my father often says: Filler, trim, sandpaper, paint and plaster can cover a multitude of sins.
Only thing I won't touch is gas, and complex electrical and water stuff. A mistake there can cost you the building or your life
Ah yeah for sure some things should be left alone.
I've definitely had a few too close for comfort moments with electricity working on my cars/bikes
As far as the whole "measure twice cut once"/ covering up blemishes thing is concerned, are materials generally expensive here? I'm more than happy to try something 12 times until it works, but my wallet might be less excited about that
Have you decided on a place yet or still looking? Once my own food forest is going feel free to come scrounge some cuttings and seeds if any interest you.
There's a handful of places that we're really interested in, and have requested the general preliminary paperwork/information for. (Like what needs repair/reform plus quotes for things we may want). But due to some issues, getting a home loan might be a bit difficult for us, and we don't quite
have enough saved up to comfortably pay 100% in cash. We're thinking of maybe doing a free loan to cover the difference on a cheap old fixer-upper and then getting a reform loan to cover the essential things that would be difficult to fix ourselves (the 水回り mostly, i.e. the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, maybe electricity if it needs it).
But, like I said, the other half is out of Japan until January so things are kind of on pause until then. (Difficult for me to do a lot of the things myself, unfortunately) Hoping all the houses we like don't get snapped up by then, but there will always be more if they do.
But definitely once everybody's all set up and established, super excited to trade all kinds of plant things!