Tips for DIY home improvement beginners: Lessons from building a patio

When Joel and I moved into our new (old) house, we had high expectations… for our ability, the ease of completing projects, how much things would cost.

A year later, we’re slightly wiser. Emphasis on slightly. We did successfully do simple things like painting the entire interior, some of the exterior, and landscape the front yard. That said, we recently took on our first bigger DIY project, the task of building a patio in our backyard, and learned many lessons along the way. The handiest of people, we are not.

Here are some of our tips: Continue reading