Top 5 Reasons to Build Your Own

By | April 18, 2014

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Top 5 Reasons to Build Your Own

  1. Paying it forward.  What you build, you learn and what you learn, you can use tomorrow.
  2. Save money.
  3. Build EXACTLY what you want, instead of buying something that is sort-of what you want.
  4. Help others become self-reliant.
  5. Become self-reliant yourself.

1. Paying it forward

Knowledge is like saving cash in the bank.  It accumulates over time and is there for you to draw upon in the future.  Take the opportunity to “build your own” whenever you can.  Building your own is a fantastic way to build useful knowledge very quickly buy cialis overnight.  Knowledge that is derived from applying yourself in real life is more easily retrieved and more useful than book-learning.

2. Save money

Each time I choose a new “build your own” project, I do a quick calculation to make sure that my project is more affordable than just going to the store and buying what I need.  It usually is more affordable to build my own.  At first you might discover that you will spend a little extra money accumulating tools and supplies.  But, these tools and supplies can often be used and reused over and over again.  Tools and supplies can be an investment that will save you a lot of money in the long run.

If you live in an apartment that doesn’t have air conditioning and you are trying to decide on an air conditioner to buy, you might discover that you can build your own at a fraction of the cost.  But the money saved is only the beginning.  The knowledge you will gain is priceless.

3. Build EXACTLY what you want

When I researched audio recording booths, I learned that I would have to spend from $2000 – $10,000 to get the one that most resembled what I wanted.  When I calculated the cost of building my own, I learned that I would spend about $800.  That was enough of a savings to justify it for me.  But, when I realized that I could make the booth EXACTLY how I wanted it, instead of buying a standard booth for the masses, I got excited.  I did a lot of research and learned a lot about the science that goes into sound control.  I was able to design and build the booth I wanted, instead of settling for something that someone else designed.  It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.

4. Help others become self-reliant

As I have learned to be self-reliant, I have noticed that more opportunities present themselves for me to help others become self-reliant.  Self-reliance is a marvelous thing indeed.  It brings a lot of peace and satisfaction.  This peace and satisfaction is a wonderful gift to give to family, friends and others you meet along the way.

5. Become self-reliant yourself

The ultimate measure of success in this endeavor is self-reliance.  Self-reliance is when you don’t have to rely on outside parties to sustain you.  Sure, you want family and friends to share life with.  But do you really want to have to rely on businesses, governments and other organizations for everything you do?  Each project I finish that increases my self-reliance gives me an added measure of peace in my life.  I consider it a blessing and a worthy objective.

The power of books in your quest for self-sufficiency

Becoming self-reliant is not done overnight.  This website is dedicated to help you progress day by day in this journey.  Another great resource for you is going to be books dedicated to this subject.  One such book is “The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series).”

While many self-sufficiency books focus on what you can do in the future on acres of land, this book is different because it focuses on what you can do today at your own home, even in the city.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help out 🙂  Just leave them below!

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons to Build Your Own

  1. Chris

    Hi, I like your idea and my wife and I are both believers in what you are proposing. We have done some projects together here at home (refurnish and recover furniture), she is good at sewing and has added many useful items to our home that way. We just kind of ‘sneak’ out of the complete ‘do-it-yourself’ routine when it involves something that is a major physical challenge. E.G. she has wanted to and is still planning on putting at least one window in our family room. She hates a dark room and has wanted light in there for a long time. We have saved the money and know basically what kind of window(s) she wants, but when it comes to tearing out the wall to do it, well we have looked for someone else to help us with that. In fact, to do it all. And when it might effect water leakage and all afterwards, we’d rather have some kind of a guarantee from more of a professional. Tell me what you think. We had someone who we talked to who was going to do it, but he hasn’t gotten back in touch with us. And she would really like to get it in. Give me your honest opinion. Thanks, Chris

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    1. mmTo Build My Own Post author

      Hi Chris,

      I appreciate your question. It is a great question. This is a big project and you are absolutely right to want to make sure to get professional guidance.

      When I was researching audio recording booths, one of the steps I took was to reach out to professionals to get advice. In your case, this might mean asking a licensed contractor for a free quote on the cost of doing your project. You may have friends that have done similar projects in the past. I recommend reaching out to them and getting some referrals to contractors that they have used and trust.

      A good contractor will provide you with an itemized quote that shows you exactly what they would need to do to build your windows, and the costs of each item (labor, materials, etc…) They’ll come out to your house and look at the wall. Ask them questions and get to know exactly what they plan to do.

      They will be able to tell you the things you need to know. You may be able to get a free quote that does not leave you under obligation to use the contractors services (unless you choose to).

      If you feel at that point like this is too big of a project to undertake without a licensed contractor’s help, you can then get other quotes from other contractors, letting them compete for your business.

      If you feel like it is something you can do without a contractor’s help, you can use their quote as a guideline for your project.

      Regardless of what route you decide to take, I always recommend seeking professional help when doing things like putting windows in exterior walls as these walls are load-bearing and you don’t want to go cutting the wood that is holding your house up unless you know exactly what you are doing.

      Thank you for visiting To Build My Own!

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