There's so much to be said for do-it-yourself projects.
Mostly that if you don't make a budget and actually stick to it you'll end up costing yourself more time and money than if you hired out the work in the first place. But so far we've kept it right on the money. We will go over, but that's mostly because figuring out the cost of a drop ceiling (and all the bits and bobs that go with it) plus the lighting was really difficult thanks to unhelpful store employees and incomplete hardware kits with missing prices. We ended up estimating it, but still came up short. In any case we'll still be doing damn good compared to most people who attempt this stuff for the the first time.
So I feel like we can brag about it.
Primer and paint! Remember kids: get a primer that will "seal" new drywall so when you put on your paint it won't suck it all up making more work for you and costing more paint!
There's my awesome other half laying down the DriCore sub-floor. When I look at how far the rooms have come to where they are now...let's just say I can't believe we did it all ourselves.
I wouldn't compare it to building a house from the ground up like the pioneers but it reminds me of how we can all do these things if we just take the time to read, learn, and take the time to do it right the first time.