Guest post, written by: Danny L.
So I live in Los Angeles. I graduated film school and considered by most of my friends to be quite the geek. I also just bought my first home and wanted to feel like less of geek, so I decided to try and remodel my kitchen myself. That was a mistake. I should have hired an LA kitchen demolition company because what did I end up with? I ended up with a giant mess.
Instead of calling a demolition company I said to heck with it! And bought my own sledgehammer. That kitchen was all mine baby. Within the hour I had hacked into a load bearing with that sledgehammer and might have along the way caused some minor structural damage to my house. By this point any sane person would call a demolition company, but me? No, I kept right on going.
I tore down my kitchen cabinets with that sledgehammer and mangled the kitchen island. I really didn’t know what I was doing. Perhaps it had gone past demolition into a form of high performance art. Looking back on it now, after my fiancé took away my sledgehammer and nearly broke up with me, I say to myself, what was I thinking? I should have called a demolition company. I am a screenwriter in Los Angeles for pete’s sake, not a demolition man.
The contractor I eventually hired to remodel the kitchen was able to fix or patch most of my haphazard demolition work. It wound up costing me way more in the long run of course. I stress, hiring a demolition company from the start would have been cheaper, although maybe not as much fun!
This year we are remodeling our garage into an office. I tried to convinced my now wife to let me try again to handle the demolition. She said no. So we are calling a professional demolition company this time. Aw shucks.