Yeah, you can do it on the cheap. More skilled = lower cost generally as you can improvise more easily.m00nberri wrote: ↑Fri Dec 01, 2023 10:11 amI 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.
But it depends on if you want to. No amount of DIY is going to make an Akiya equivalent to a modern home in convenience, comfort, heating/cooling costs, efficient use of space etc.
I would be fine roughing it a little in a fixed up Akiya, but my wife and kids would balk at the idea.
You also need to be able to live while it's in progress. I have been working on stuff on our current house for 5, almost 6 years now and there is still work to be done. We splurged at purchase time on a new bathroom and had the pros touch up the kitchen (re coat the counter, replace door handles, polish metal fixtures etc.). If we hadn't done that it would been a lot less pleasant for those 5 years.
I regularly take 3 tries. First try I eyeball it, but am way off. However, now I think I am sure I have it worked out. Second time I realise nope, I am not going to be able to get it by eyeballing it and take the old part to the hardware store or to my work bench etc. Then I get it right the third time
Cost wise, most stuff is priced what I'd expect. But every now and then I want some part that I know from back home but simply doesn't exist in daily Japanese life and have to buy it online for some outrageous price or bank breaking postage cost.
Then almost always find a local equivalent 3-6 months later.
Good luck! Even if you miss them, more will come around. It just takes patience.
But yes, my farm gate is always open to share plant stuff.