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How Much did it Cost to set Yourselves up?(part 2)

  So the house is in the bag, and so far I have spent less than the cost of my new VFR. Unfortunately the setup costs were far from over, although really quite modest in comparison. One of the first and still ongoing things we are doing is slowly renovating the house. Now when I say renovating ourselves, I mean exactly that. I do not mean pay someone else to renovate for you that really isn't in the ethos of being more self reliant. I should point out that my previous occupations have been, in order:

  1. Bakers Assitant
  2. Soldier
  3. Computer Engineer
  4. Student

So you can see I am fully qualified to take on the most difficult tasks involved with house renovation. Here are some pics of the things I have managed to create myself. They are not perfect I know. If I had paid someone to do work of this quality I would be livid. Self sufficiency is all about doing it yourself though, and as I can only complain to myself what is the point.

First up Doors - Cost of materials 10 Lev (5 Euros per door)

My First Door

Homemade Sofa - Cost of Materials 8 Lev (4 Euros) The cushion was left by the previous owner.

DFS - not quite

New Staircase - Cost of Materials 50 Lev (25 Euros)


TheGudlife Top Tip No 1

If like me you have never actually used woodworking tools, and really have no idea what you are doing, I would suggest that you start your carpentry career with something quite basic, like a shelf. Not me though. I went for stairs!. The staircase featured above took four days of solid work to create. When I informed my neighbours I would be making my own staircase they all advised me against. Unfotunately I am not very good at being told I shouldn't do something. They were however right. That said my staircase works, it does not comply to EU health and safety regulations, so if I die using them I will only be able to sue myself, no solicitor required.

Tiling of Wet Room - Cost of Materials 100 Lev (50 Euros)

Shower Room

As with most things in life, DIY skills really aren't that difficult to obtain and are things most people can accomplish with a little bit of perserverence, and a lot patience.

Next in The Setup Series Double Glazing!


Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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