Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lessons from Harrison Ford's DIY Home Project

Harrison Ford did his own remodeling on his old home in Hollywood Hills, which is now reportedly selling for $1.3 million, according to the Dec. 11 issue of Us magazine.

The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star is apparently taking on another fixer-up project, according to Us, which offers this photo of Harrison Ford (third picture down on the left) with a cart of hardware store supplies.

"Carpenter turned actor Harrison Ford picked up drywall supplies in L.A. November 18." --Us Magazine.


My husband is also big into DIY home projects and we have a few rules about our own fix-up efforts.

1. Be realistic about the time commitment. If you don't have time to finish a project (like a kitchen or dining room), hire someone to do the job right. A prolonged kitchen makeover, for example, could lead to expensive takeout meals or empty-calorie meals like instant soup.

Figure out how much time & money, the project will cost you in terms of your hourly wage rate. Unless you really, really enjoy DIY projects, hire someone else if the cost of your time/lost income outweighs the expense of a professional.

I imagine that Ford must do his handy-man act during gaps between movies and other entertainment production projects.

2. Be honest about your skills. Harrison Ford is a former carpenter. He has the right technical skills to do his part with the hammer and drywall. But if you lack the right skills or tools, the do-over may be more expensive. Both Lowe's and Home Depot offer DIY courses on line and in their stores.

Here's a link to an earlier post about free DIY classes



Also my husband loves Ready Made magazine, a hip publication with lots of cool DIY projects.

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2 comments:

Kat said...

I've been tryin to remodel my bathroom for over a year but can never get my hands on it. I don't really have any experience with it either. Can you suggest any DIY sites that can help me with things like paint and counter tops. Thanks.

-Kat

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