If you’re looking for a little design direction or advise then AGD’s on-site consultations, hourly support, and a la carte services are a great option for you!
An on-site consult would give you clear direction 1:1 with Amy on-site on how to proceed on your own after the consultation while hourly services could provide you with on-going support and an a la carte service here or there would allow us to provide you with say a color palette to help you make the design selections for the space on your own with a clear color palette established for you by AGD.
We love supporting client’s design projects from start to finish, as it allows us to put all of our expertise towards their project, but we’re just as happy to help clients with just a little design insight and nudge here or there to help point them in the right direction so they can DIY the majority of the design themselves.
When it comes to actually perform the work on-site DIY, if you are looking to retile, paint, install window blinds, assemble furniture, replace wall moldings, or other similar work that is simply cosmetic, then permits and contractors are not required. These projects, therefore, can be performed by the owner as a DIY in almost any jurisdiction, as long as you’re willing to put in a bit of time and work to complete the installation yourself.
How much DIY an Owner can perform themselves on-site does vary by jurisdiction. In New Jersey, for example, owners of single-family homes can perform just about any type of construction on their buildings, subject to certain conditions, as permits are generally required for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, exterior expansions, and work that could affect public health or general safety is required to be performed by a licensed professional. Whenever permits are issued, the local building department will typically follow-up with one or more required inspections during the construction process. This means all work completed by the owner and any contractors the owner hires, will need to pass inspections of the local building department, however that doesn’t prohibit the owner from completing some of the work themselves, in jurisdictions such as New Jersey, which allow owners to do so.
In New York City, there is almost no work an owner can complete on their own beyond the most cosmetic of tasks such as painting, wallpapering, replacing base molding, etc. For most renovations an architect or engineer is required to submit plans, file a permit application, and sign a certification stating that the owner is employing licensed contractors to perform the construction. The architect or engineer is also required to inspect the finished work and submit a certification to the department that the work has been completed in accordance with the drawings and codes.
Amy has taken many construction, shop, metal, and woodworking courses over the years to ensure she has first-hand knowledge of wallpapering, tiling, painting, millworking, hanging window treatments, and more! Off the job-site puts those construction skills to work helping others by volunteering with organizations such as habitat for humanity. She’s even earned OSHA certifications such as lead paint abatement and knows how to weld, pour concrete, and lathe custom-made stair railings — so watch out HGTV!
For help determining if your project requires permits and how AGD can help you set a clear design vision that you can then DIY, Contact Us for a free phone consultation.