My new DIY project. Rebuild the front porch. Lessons learned (actually confirmed) so far. Nothing is as easy as it seems. Always allocate time for preparation, evaluation and planning (don't jump straight to project execution). Pick a small representative (and, ideally, non-critical) section of the project to execute first. Apply the lessons learned to the remainder of the project (if something goes wrong, the impact is somewhat limited).
Watch this space as I report on the progress of this project.