It’s week seven of our DIY kitchen remodel and the strain is starting to show. We’re lucky – our house is equipped with a basement apartment and second kitchen, so we have it easier than most.But the project is still taking its toll, and honestly it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. This is the perfect time to reflect on why my wife and I chose to do it ourselves, and what may drive your interest as well. Here’s our reasoning:

  1. Fun. We enjoy a good honest day’s labor; it’s a nice change of pace from a desk job.
  2. Price. Hiring a professional remodeler is probably easier and faster. But if you’re good at working within a budget, you can save money by doing it yourself.
  3. Capable. We have the skills necessary, or can figure it out. This kind of work requires problem-solving; fixing up an old house rarely goes according to plan, even for professionals.
  4. Discovery. We’ve discovered along the way that this work is a bonding opportunity with my kids; we get to teach them about how things work as we’re working on projects.
  5. Making Stories. At work, when you have company over, and family gatherings, you can look back and remember the stories of a life well lived.

Sure, raising a family and living in the middle of a construction zone is stressful. But let’s face it, if we weren’t stressed by this project, it would be something else. In the end, we’ll have the pride of knowing what we did ourselves, with our own hands, and the memories that enrich our lives for years to come.

In order to preserve these memories, and share the total experience with you, we’re blogging our remodel experience on the Classique Floors website. We’ll be using flooring, countertop and tile from Classique to create our dream kitchen, which, as you can see from the photos, we’ve got our work cut out for us.

We hope you enjoy the stories of our trials, tribulations, and successes. And we hope our story will help you decide if this experience is right for you!

Mac & Kristin
Southeast Portland



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