The Most Stressful DIY Jobs in the UK Have Been Revealed

Plastering a ceiling is the most stressful DIY job in the UK, according to new research.

Victorian Plumbing made this calculation having investigated how comfortable Brits are with DIY. The bathroom company analysed difficulty queries across UK Google, such as ‘how to fix…’ and YouTube views taken from ‘how to’ videos for each DIY enquiry on the first page of searches. 

The researchers then looked at average time frames for projects, and the quantity of tools needed, before assigning a weighted value to get a final score, indicating the level of stress per job.

Plastering a ceiling had a stress score of 1,221, the highest of any DIY job in the UK, almost twice as high as hanging wallpaper in second. 

In total, plastering a ceiling received 4,400 online searches and over 5.8m YouTube views. It took respondents an average of 12 hours to plaster a ceiling, and required an average of five tools. 

Hanging wallpaper had the second highest stress score of 673. Unblocking drains (588), tiling a bathroom floor (542), and removing grout from bathroom tiles (262) made up the top five. 

When the researchers included US data, installing a toilet took top spot with a weighted index

Before and After: A Sleek and Smart Kitchen Remodel

Thinking outside the box—or footprint—can make all the difference in a renovation. For Gabrielle Cohen, an avid cook, the kitchen in the 1936 Colonial Revival she shares with her husband, Leigh, and their three teenagers in Mamaroneck, NY, lacked many must-haves: a place to gather, and adequate prep and storage space. And while the kitchen looked out onto scenic wetlands, one poky window didn’t invite in the view.

For two years Gabrielle and her designer-friend Sarah Robertson put their heads together trying to redesign the space without busting into the brick exterior walls. But ultimately only bumping out the space by several feet all around would deliver what the Cohens wanted.

Architect Bana Choura swapped the existing kitchen and dining area locations, adding windows on the sink wall and sliding French doors in the dining area. Robertson designed oak cabinets with well-thought-out storage inside and a gray finish with a cerused look that echoes the trees outdoors. The changes enabled a large island as well as a “breakfast bar” wall that holds cereal and beverages. “In the end, the wait and expense were worth it,” says Gabrielle. “I love looking out at that view every day.”

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