Renovating a house alone, is it possible?

Yes! Why not? In fact, I know someone who did it with his own hand. His name is Lubomir.

Mr. Lubomir's house after renovation.

This Czech man is a retired soldier. He has a pretty wide property to rent. Once we visited it, I saw three bedrooms (bathroom inside) and a winding swimming pool. It had second floor too, with two bedrooms. But what surprised me was, he built this house with his very own hands. Shoulder to shoulder with his wife for more than a year.

Unfortunately, “She then walked away from home. From me and our daughter. And never came back,” said Mr. Lubomir. He told me her reason, but of course, it’s not for public. Afterward, he and his daughter decided to renovate that 'handmade' house, which has too much painful memory.

Few months later, I heard that his home has been completely rebuilt and becomes a guest house. So I revisited him. The house has three floors now. Actually, the third one is a roof, where he used to hold a barbecue party with some friends or guests.

I think the renovation didn't touch the foundation at all, since the rooms are still the same. But the taste is so different. This time, he customized the whole building with a minimalist style. No more American classic (like his wife’s taste, I guess). No more “artistic”, winding pool. I love it!

The swimming pool in Mr. Lubomir's house after renovation. Make me want to plunge directly.

I forgot to ask, did Mr. Lubomir once again build it stone by stone with his own hands? With his 8 year old daughter?

However, I remember what Mr. Lubomir advised me about building home by myself. First, he said, you have to learn the technique and procedure of house building. Second, make sure you have plenty time to do it, at least to supervise the process and material delivery. Last, if you hire men as your laborers, make sure they are competent and trustworthy.

Now, it's up to you. As we know, the biggest spend in our life is probably to own a property. That's why we are always trying to look for the cheapest way to gain it.

One of the most common ways is to build home by own efforts. Maybe you are an architect or a foreman who know home building from A to Z, go ahead. Of course, it has advantages and disadvantages at the same time.

So now, do you want to renovate your house alone (like Mr. Lubomir) or hire a contractor?

- Writer and Photographers: Brahmanto