I started watching This Old House when it first began in the 1970s (w/ Bob Villa) and after watching Norm, Tommy & Richard, my dream was to rehab (not flip!) well worn houses. Even though I'm a girl, I still wanted to. Fast forward 30 years and that's still my dream.

 Well, I'm entering the second carreer stage of my life and as Denzel Washington said in The Great Debaters 'Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do!'. So I've decided to teach myself home renovation, and how better to do that then on my own place.  So this is the adventure of my self-education project.

I have built a couple sheds, 2 decks, even a post & beam type porch addition. But, that is the extent of my knowledge.  I did some temporary construction projects when I was younger. We rehabbed a small building at the alternative school I went to in Wells, Maine. Foolishly roofed houses in Everette, Washington for a few months, and helped my brother do some of the finish work on a house he built.  But all that was pre-twenties.

When I acquired this property, I slapped a mobile home (MH) on it, with the anticipation of building a house, and getting rid of the MH.  But stuff happened and I lost a good paying job, and here I am 15 years later in a 1970's MH thats is very energy inefficient.

 But, the great part is I grew up with a family that always believed anyone can do anything - if you really want to bad enough. My Dad always said 'If you think you can, or you think you can't, your right!'

  Yes, I scour the internet and my library of Fine Homebuilding magazines prior to beginning a project, so i'm somewhat prepared, but until you start opening things up, it's hard too know exactly what your getting into... but that's the fun part - figuring it out.