MATCH a man who saved £75,000 in worker fees in just 4 years – by watching DIY videos on YouTube.
NHS worker Alex Dodman, 36, has doubled his net worth by adding a backyard gym, a home cinema and a rollaway bed to his office at his house.
He learned how to do that by watching YouTube videos and reading constructive forums.
Alex bought the property he shares with his partner and two young children in Saffron Walden, Essex, in 2018 for £250,000.
Since then, he has been told his improvements have helped it increase in value to £525,000.
Alex first got into DIY when he bought his first home in 2014, installed a kitchen and laid out a patio.
But after buying his current home, his do-it-yourself instincts kicked in after watching a carpenter hammer a wall of nails – and he realized he could do it on his own. there.
He said: “We assessed the house and were told it is now worth £525,000, which I spent to get my work done.
“It has moved from a two-bed house to a four-bedroom house with a beautiful large garden.
“I estimate I’ve saved around £75,000 over the last few years simply by not calling a mechanic and trying things out myself.”
His most recent project was to turn a unused spare bedroom into a sleek and modern office – which can still be called into bedroom service if needed.
After deliberating to install a space-saving rollaway bed, Alex was disappointed to find that a professional carpenter would charge thousands of dollars – and that meant a considerable wait.
TOP FIVE ALEX DODMAN TIPS FOR DIY STARTERS
1 – Don’t be afraid. The first step is always the hardest, just do whatever seems intimidating – it’s almost always easier than you think.
2 – Get experts when needed. When it comes to things like electrical or plumbing that need to be signed and certified, you should leave that to professionals.
3 – Measure Twice, Cut Once I’ve learned this lesson myself a few times! The extra time spent making sure that everything is measured just right will save you a lot of frustration – although I don’t always live up to it now.
4 – Get the right tools. A hacksaw, a good power drill with good drills, and a case for different sized screws and cords will get you through most DIY projects for beginners. his start. I bought my bone saw from B&Q for around £60 and I use it almost every day.
5 – Don’t participate too much at once. It’s easy to get bored with a project and start something new – my advice is to take it one step at a time and do it the right way. That’s something I don’t always live with – my pool is a perfect example!
So he rolled up his sleeves and got to work on his own.
He continued: “Since I was working from home, I wanted a home office, and I thought about doing that for years before I figured out how much it cost to have one there.
“In the end, using only pine boards from B&Q, the bed itself cost me around £250 – and then another £160 on the mattress.
“I spent a total of two or three weeks on it, and that’s great – when it’s up you wouldn’t think it was a bedroom.
“Receiving paint, lighting and floor pieces from B&Q has also helped bring my entire vision to life.”
But his favorite build is what he calls ‘Superbed’ – two connected king beds in the master bedroom, with a large projector screen on the wall.
Alex thinks this is perfect for family movie nights, and just as when his kids – ages five and two – sleep with mom and dad, they don’t spend the night kicking each other under the sheets.
His achievements even amass a following on Instagram – where 122,000 people and counting can check out the details of his home constructions.
In the garden, Alex’s home gym is 6m x 6m tall, contains enough equipment for a full workout and at one point even had its own sauna.
He added: “I have given up on the sauna now and am planning to build an outside sauna next to the pool – that is my current project.
“I watched a YouTube video of a woman in the Netherlands who built her own swimming pool in her garden and as soon as I finished watching I called and hired a digger.
“I’ve never driven a digger before, so I dug this huge hole and then there’s no going back.
“In general, the hardest thing to learn from a DIY standpoint is the plumbing – it’s pretty annoying. If you get it wrong, you’ll end up with drips and failures.
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“But it’s not as hard as I thought – it’s really like water LEGO.
“I’m not confident in DIY, but the best way to learn is to try. I’ve made mistakes and things don’t always work out the way you think but trying is the best way.
“I’ve learned almost everything from YouTube, and there are tons of online forums for builders where you can find help on countless projects – whatever problem you’re having, there are It’s possible that someone has encountered it and wrote about it online.”
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