Hi, I’m Sarah!
I’m a wife, mother of two, designer, woodworker, and lover of all things home and DIY. After many moves and lots of practice turning our houses into a place we could call home, we have finally settled down and built our forever home.
I refer to our build as a semi-self build – we did work with a custom home builder, but chose to DIY as much as we could. From installing and finishing hardwood floors to custom cabinetry and a shiplap fireplace, I tackled projects to make this house into our dream home, and saved a ton of money in the process. And while I’ve done a lot, I still have a long list of projects! I’m sharing those in hopes of inspiring you to make your house into the home you’ve always wanted.
The question I get most often is, “How did you learn to do all this?”. The truth is, nobody taught me how to build a custom closet or fireplace built-ins. I must admit, my dad is a builder and a true craftsman when it comes to woodworking, so I grew up watching him. But, my journey started with a simple need and a desire to learn.
In 2010, I found myself as a stay-at-home mom to two kids, living in a builder grade, new construction home, in a city I wasn’t at all familiar with. I had previously worked full time in commercial and residential construction, and found myself missing that sense of satisfaction I got from working. I also had a new home with lots of space and no budget for furniture to fill it up. So, rather than buying a kitchen table, I bought a miter saw and built a table! While that table is still standing today, it was actually pretty awful! lol! But, I didn’t know that at the time. I only knew that I BUILT A TABLE and I was incredibly proud!
That table sparked a fire. Not only did I love the end result (the table), I loved the process, the sense of completion I got (because let’s be honest, as a mom my work was never complete!), and the satisfaction of saving lots of money. I realized that with some basic woodworking knowledge, and the right tools, I could tackle projects that I’d only dreamed of having done in our home. With each build (and each home, really), my skills improved and my desire to learn the craft grew.
Fast forward ten years and multiple homes later, I found myself with lots of extra time (thanks, Covid-19) and a long list of projects that I wanted to complete for our custom build. And that’s where I’m at now, slowly checking them off – usually with more than one project going at a time.