My Dad is a handyman of sorts. One day, when I was about 8, my Mom commented that she wished she had a bigger kitchen. She went on about how nice it would be if it were brighter and open onto the backyard. She described a space with big window and French doors. She wanted a table big enough to fit our family of 8 and guests, along with a separate seating area. Obviously she was just dreaming right? Obvious to us maybe, but to my Dad, not so much. She went out for the day and came home to my Dad having torn down the outside wall. "I'm building you a kitchen!" he announced.
This might have been a chivalrous act if he had any idea what he was doing, but he didn't. It may have even been OK if he had free time to finish what he'd started, but the weekend ended and he went back to work. He used his holidays, evenings and weekends building this perfect kitchen. This meant over 5 years without a kitchen sink! With 6 kids and no kitchen sink I don't know how my mother survived, but she did, and she's been enjoying a show-home kitchen ever since (eventually finished by contractors). We all take a bit of fun in giving my Dad a hard time about the projects that he starts and doesn't finish.
According to research done by Saga home insurance, my Dad isn't alone. 52% of homeowners in London have unfinished DIY projects around the house, with an average yearly spending of 2000 pounds. That's almost $4000 USD. Reasons for the unfinished work ranges, but lack of time falls high on the list. My Dad has become better since retirement, seeing most projects through until the end rather quickly. The research reflects this same thing, noting that only 36% of homeowners aged 50 and older have un-finished projects, making them the age group that is most on top of their DIY projects.
Can you top my Dad's 5 year kitchen re-model? Share your stories of unfinished DIY projects in the comments. Also, what's your number one reason for letting time pass on projects?