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The lean-to-shed is about 90% completed. Here I am in Sept. adding rafters and roofing. Tools we stored in the kitchen pantry have been moved to the lean-to, preparing for the remodel.

The lean-to-shed is about 90% completed. Here I am in Sept adding rafters and roofing. Tools we stored in the kitchen pantry have been moved to the lean-to, preparing for the remodel.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — There’s no breaking of old tile in the kitchen YET — or ‘saw zaws’ roaring through ‘the-ugly-pony-wall-sheetrock’ — I guess you could say we are still in the ‘pre-pre-planning phase.’

I’m finding that in a 1,100 square foot house, the loss of kitchen space during a remodel pushes burden on every other inch — to double in functionality and storage.

In my younger days (tee hee) I would have sledgehammered everything already, stood there in the debris and had an ‘o SH***TTTT moment,’ realizing I had just created double the work for myself.

My awesome neighbor Teri saved the day by cutting the 'poly sheets' for the lean-to-shed roof.

My awesome neighbor Teri saved the day by cutting the ‘poly sheets’ for the lean-to-shed roof.

Now, as a highly refined and well-schooled-mature-adult (tee hee), I know that the more planning, the better.

What’s that saying? … ‘Piss poor planning makes for poor performance?’

Now, in the back of my head I hear a voice that says ‘Alright already, you’ve had plenty of time to plan. What’s up?’

And then, I reflect on the heat of August — in Austin, Texas.

Dear Reader…if you live here YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. The world stopped. We stayed inside for the ENTIRE DAY with our AIR CONDITIONER on the FROSTIEST level possible.

So, that’s what happened, all work outside, including the lean-to-shed construction, just STOPPED. Nada. Nothing.

(Plus, I was at a stand-off with the shed, not knowing how I was gonna do the rafters…silly me decided to build a 2X7 instead of a standard 2X8.)

Meet 'Benny the Bosch' -- my new power drill. This bad boy got me through the rest of the project. (I had started with a not-so-powerful Ryobi that was gonna 'carpal-tunnel' me if I kept using it. Wish I could show you all the screws that fell to the ground. Boy, now I know why the pros use the power generators and tools ...DUH!)

Meet ‘Benny the Bosch’ — my new power drill. This bad boy got me through the rest of the project. (I had started with a not-so-powerful Ryobi that was gonna ‘carpal-tunnel’ me if I kept using it. Wish I could show you all the screws that fell to the ground. Boy, now I know why the pros use the power generators and tools …DUH!)

Then, as soon as the hottest days passed, my neighbors Teri and Ron came to the rescue.

They helped me figure out the best way to build the roof and what material to use.

Plus, Teri being a ‘bad-ass do-it-yourselfer’ pulled out the tools and cut the polycarbonate roof sheeting in two — just to the size I needed.

You could say they really helped get things moving again (y’all — it does ‘take a village.’)

That must have been a week in Sept.

So, here we are at the end of October and I find myself needing to feel like there has been progress…so I offer the following:

Things that have happened:
1.) Cookware, bakeware, glasses and dishes (for keeps) moved to mom’s.
2.) Items not keeping sold in garage sale / donated.
3.) Set-up consolidated ‘appliance garage’ — holds microwave, cuisinart, coffee station, etc.
4.) Measured walls and floors and graphed on paper (working model).

Things that have to happen soon:

1.) Sell Ikea desk in guest bedroom.
2.) Move dining room glass table to guest bedroom — which will turn into my desk.)
3.) Move bistro table in kitchen closer to living room.
4.) Clear any existing furniture out of ‘construction area.’
5.) Tap neighborhood group for contractor recs.
6.) Set up organized system in Rubber maid shed.
7.) Purchase tool hangers/shelves for Rubber maid shed.
8.) Finish out last of siding/trim for lean-to shed.
9.) Seal shed with paint/clear coat.
10.) Contact neighbor’s carpenter — to install shelves in guest bedroom ‘behind-the-door’ alcove. (guest bedroom needed for kitchen storage).
11.) Determine needs for a ‘temp-kitchen’ — and its location.

— ha….I’m sure that’s not even the half of it…but a good start. —