Feb 21, 2013

Whether it’s your first time attempting a do-it-yourself project, or if you’ve been at it for years, fan favourite Bryan Baeumler of HGTV’s popular renovation shows Disaster DIY, Leave it to Bryan and House of Bryan is sure to be a great resource for you.

Known for his tough love and great sense of humor, Bryan has been helping people with their renovation needs since he was 14. No question too silly, no disaster too disastrous - be sure to get yourself a front row seat and come prepared with your renovation questions!

Why do you think the idea of a do-it-yourself project is so appealing to people?

I think there are a few reasons and they vary from person to person. There are people who generally have an interest in it and enjoy doing work around the house, people who want to save money, and people want to tackle a project and have that sense of accomplishment from taking care of their own home.

Do you think everyone has the ability to try a do-it-yourself project?

I think everyone can, but I don’t think everyone wants to. If you really wanted to learn to do it you could invest the time, research and practice. The best way to learn is to get a bit of theory, read the instructions, get your hands dirty and make some mistakes. Go through and learn how not to do it.

What is your advice for a first time do-it-yourselfer?

Start small and affordable. It’s kind of like going to a casino; assume you’re going to have to pay someone to fix the problem for you. If you’re willing to write off the materials you purchased, that is a good place to start.

What is a good project to start with?

Painting is a classic first project to get your feet wet. If you have patience, and take your time, pretty much anyone can handle painting a wall. You’ll also learn a good professional painter is worth their weight in gold.

Where do folks normally get in over their heads?

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they are optimistic about how much things will cost, how long they will take, and how much skill they will require.


Catch master contractor Bryan Baeumler at the BC Home + Garden Show, and Toronto's National Home Show

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