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December 22, 2020

8 Remodeling Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

There are some DIY projects that may be more trouble than they're worth...

Luckily, the professionals at Beaver Building & Remodeling LLC have your back!   

While it seems like we can learn how to do anything online these days, intense home remodeling projects are best left to the pros. All of the tips you’ve picked up from watching HGTV certainly won’t replace proper training. At best, it will be obvious that you did the work yourself, and at worst, you could damage your house or even injure yourself in the process.

Luckily, the professionals at Beaver Building & Remodeling LLC can handle all of your remodeling projects with the utmost skill and style. We pride ourselves on bringing our customers’ visions to life with our high-quality craftsmanship.

In particular, let’s take a look at eight scenarios in which you should put down the tools and give Beaver Building & Remodeling a call.


1. Redoing Bathroom Plumbing

Replacing a dripping sink or a shower with low water pressure may sound tempting, but you probably don’t have the expertise to do it yourself—let alone carry out a complete overhaul of your bathroom plumbing.

Since the plumbing and electrical components are so close together in a bathroom, you need to know exactly how everything works or else risk electrocution. Plus, you could flood the bathroom if you don’t know what you’re doing.


2. Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

When you’re remodeling something that everyone who sets foot in your home is going to see, you want the job done right. Repainting kitchen cabinets, for example, requires more than just being good with a paintbrush.

Because cooking can get messy, grease and oil often build up on the wood’s surface, and you have to remove this residue before painting, which entails scrubbing the cabinets with a degreasing agent such as diluted TSP.

And that’s just the prep work. A professional painter will then use a sprayer to coat your cabinets in oil-based paint for a clean, beautiful finish.


3. Installing a Light Fixture

You can change a lightbulb, but changing the entire light fixture is a no-go. Call a professional to avoid fire and safety hazards. You wouldn’t want to electrocute yourself by coming into contact with live wiring, which can still happen even if you’ve turned the switch off.

In addition, if you wire anything incorrectly, that can lead to popping breakers, sparking outlets, and additional hassles that might eventually result in costly repairs.


4. Removing Walls

Knocking down a wall with a sledgehammer sounds easy, right? However, you should consult a contractor before you start swinging. You don’t want to destroy a wall and discover that it was a vital support structure, which can cause your ceiling to cave in.

You also don’t want to hit electrical wires and hurt yourself. A contractor will be able to tell you what’s inside your wall before you take it down.


5. Finishing Unfinished Rooms

In order to add framing and drywall to an unfinished attic or basement, you need a lot of architectural know-how. If you don’t have an engineer and contractor draw up plans and calculate the loads, you might add too much weight to your home up top—or not provide enough at the bottom—which can lead to structural issues over time.


6. Expanding Your Basement

Basements are especially tricky due to all of the building codes and regulations they have to meet. If you construct your basement incorrectly, you’ll have to worry about flooding every time it rains or snows.

And since most furnaces are located in the basement, a contractor will always take that into account. For instance, using foil-backed insulation or fire blocking while framing will prevent the spread of fires.


7. Replacing Windows

DIY-ing a window might seem like a simple task, but a less-than-stellar job may cause your energy bills to spike. If you leave any gaps between the window, framing, and walls, more air will come into your home, which means you’ll be cranking up the heat in the winter or blasting the air conditioning in the summer.

Additionally, you set yourself up for water leaks and mold damage.


8. Adding a Skylight

A skylight can let extra sunshine in to your home, but you don’t want it to bring anything else inside. An improperly installed skylight will leak, potentially causing flooding, rot, and mold issues down the line.


Contact the Pros at Beaver Building & Remodeling

For the best home remodeling in Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, look no further than Beaver Building & Remodeling. With over 30 years of experience, we’re fully equipped to turn your house into a home.


Call us today at 215-443-8558 for a free estimate!

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