I'm a computer nerd plagued with a strong tendency to overplan — often taking preparations to near-OCD extremes. I take the same approach to DIY's I attempt to tackle by using Sketchup to precisely plan and visualize a project. As I was sketching up plans for my next DIY project, for the home, I wondered for a moment how others might go about this. What types of DIY planners are out there? What type of DIY planner are you?
The way we plan our DIY's is likely accounted for by a mix of the type of person we are, and what's worked for us in the past. I've seen some people who go to the same extremes as myself, while others on the opposite side of the spectrum just "throw something together" — beautifully I might add. Here are some of the design types I've encountered.Sketchup or Photoshop — or both! They'll tell you they went through all the trouble to sell their significant other on their vision. But really, they just like doing it and getting a chance to live with the design a bit before spending any money. They tend to think that since they did so much pre-planning, the project can be completed in a single day. It often takes weeks, but the result makes it all worthwhile. design apps we've rounded up in the past. They'll struggle to find an exact color match or just the right shade of wood, but they'll eventually come to a compromise that'll still look fantastic.
What type of DIY planner are you?
(Images: Chris Perez)