Kitchen Reno Inspiration: Coolest. Sink. Ever.

After living in my house for 15 years, I’m finally starting the process to renovate my kitchen.  Myself.

And here is what has pushed me into motion–a restaurant-inspired sink that accommodates half-sheets (solid and perforated) as well as cutting boards to create a solid counter when it’s needed.

The whole kitchen story is here.  If you have an ideas how about to get a stainless sink custom fabricated–can you let me know?

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Do we REALLY need another reno blog? Yes. Yes, we do.

If you love home renovation projects the way I do, you watch a lot of HGTV and DIY Network, spend an obscene amount on “shelter magazines” you rarely recycle and scour the web for great ideas you could put to work in your own home.

The problem with those sources for inspiration? What they all have–that you and I don’t have–is a team of people devoted to making those projects happen. I had that ephiphany when I came across a blogger whining that her Daddy wasn’t available to do the work for her on Saturday, so she was going to have to do some herself {gasp!}.

Cool home projects for one

For most of us, any project we want to do depends on us and (in many cases) us alone. The TV shows, glossy magazines and bloggers don’t help us translate their ideas into something a single person could execute.

This blog is going to change all of that.

I’m Sandra, a single woman owner of a 1963 four-bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial. My goal with this blog is to show you cool home projects one person can manage. In most every project I’ve done in the 15 years since I bought my house, I’ve had to figure out ways around the problem of having only two hands (if you’e ever tried to hang drywall yourself, you’ll understand). I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned and hearing what you’ve figured out as well. DIYers unite!

The dog photo isn’t just shameless promotion

The only thing I love more than a challenging home project is my pack of rescue dogs. Connor, Tessa and Cassie are the loves of my life, and making life comfortable for all of us influences my choices. You can expect a regular “Doggie DIY” feature, showing you my canine-centric reno choices. Some are for day-to-day living; some are to keep Connor from repainting the walls with his coat while I’m working on another part of the project. I only wish I’d taken more pictures back when I didn’t know what I was doing.

“Why I DIY”–because I’m tired of paying for bad work

The other regular feature I can’t wait to start is “Why I DIY.” It will showcase some of the spectacularly bad work I’ve paid to have done when I didn’t feel up to the task myself. Much of this will be plumbing, electrical and HVAC, but in the early days, I deferred to “experts” a lot–and got some really bad results.  I’m sure you’ve had the same experience.  There’s not much worse than looking at a project at the end and thinking, “I could have done better than that!” So, dig out your photos and get ready to tell us all about it.

I can’t wait to see where this ride takes us all.

Own your home, own your reno. Together, we’ll all figure it out.