Have you ever seen something in a store or online and thought, “How clever! That would be perfect for my home.” And then you looked at the price. Yikes! Or went ahead and splurged only to discover that your unique item looks suspiciously like your neighbor’s. For many, the idea of “buying” has become far less appealing and the idea of Do It Yourself (DIY) is gaining popularity.
Consider the explosion of online sites like Pinterest, Hometalk, and Etsy. These sites present options with everything for people to “hack” their lives with DIY home projects, to paying someone else to create a one-of-a-kind item for them. There is broad appeal across age groups, income, and skill levels.
Equally prevalent? All those memes and DIY Fails on social media. Admit it. You’ve probably laughed until you cried at some poor soul’s attempt to replicate the trendy project they found online (the demonic bunnies below make me crack up every time!).
Photo credits: Good Housekeeping, July 27, 2015
Have you thought of tackling a DIY project but immediately dismissed the idea? There are typically three reasons why people never fully consider starting a DIY project: lack of space, lack of tools, lack of know-how.
And this is where a Makerspace can help! The right makerspace, like My Own 2 Hands, can remove those barriers.
With 6,000 square feet, lots of natural light, and plenty of workbenches, there is space for you to tackle any DIY project. No more squeezing your project onto a corner of the kitchen table or losing the ability to park your car in the garage. Our makerspace is welcoming, bright, and not at all like high-school woodshop!
The analogy I always think of is my spice rack at home. Of course there are the spices I use on a frequent basis. But the back of the rack is jammed with spice jars and tins that have been used only once for some ambitious recipe I wanted to try. Tools, the right tools, can make all the difference in how much easier a project can be. But tools can be expensive. No reason to buy a tool you may only use once and then have to figure out where to store it. We have just about any tool you would need for your projects.
Yes, space and tools are important. But the greatest value a makerspace like My Own 2 Hands can provide is expert support. Onsite mentors are always available to help as much or as little as you need. If you know what you’re doing, mentors can just be an extra set of hands if you need. But if the only thing you know is what you want your project to look like, our mentors will help every step of the way. So set aside those fears of being the latest example of a DIY Fail!
Makerspaces Are Perfect For . . .
Apartment Renters. At two totally different stages of life, Millennials and Downsizers have something in common. They both opt to live in high-density residential communities (as do a multitude of other age groups and income levels). What they gain in location and convenience, they sacrifice in space. Apartment complexes prohibit their residents from using their patios or garages for DIY projects. Who better to take advantage of a makerspace than apartment residents!
Home Owners. You’re probably thinking these are the last people who would need a makerspace. Real stories from real customers. Yes, they have space in a garage or basement. The drawbacks? They have to move all the cars out of the garage and then get the tools pulled out and set-up. Then when they are finished working on their project, they have to clean everything up, stow away all of the tools, and then move the cars back into the garage. The amount of time spent before and after often rivals the amount of time they actually get to spend working on their project. And what if they live in a really hot or really cold climate? And what about dust collection? And what about maintaining all the tools? That’s right, a makerspace is perfect for home owners!
Augmenters. These are the lucky few who have a dedicated space for their workshop. It may be well-lit, have climate control, and be outfitted with a dust collection system. Surely these people don’t need a makerspace? That may be true the majority of the time. But where a makerspace can really help is the ability to augment what these enthusiasts already have. A good makerspace, like My Own 2 Hands, will likely have well-maintained, industrial size tools that most home workshops cannot afford or do not have room for.
Social Butterflies. The pursuit of a hobby can be a solitary or lonely endeavor. Not so with a makerspace. Makerspaces create communities of like-minded people. There are always people to bounce ideas off of, someone else from whom to get inspiration, or just someone to have a cup of coffee with while waiting on part of your project to dry. Some makerspaces, like My Own 2 Hands, also offer classes. These are often highly social and fun experiences to try your hand at a new project or learn a new skill. There is no reason to toil in solitude. Makerspaces are the hotbed of mutual admiration societies!
Are there other individuals or groups of people who would enjoy and get value from a makerspace? Of course. What about you? Do you want the ability to customize projects to your space and style? Do you want to be savvy and save money? Do you want to feel empowered? A makerspace is for you!