In 2010 I purchased a condo which my mother affectionately named Old Smokey because of the lingering cigarette odor. I had the very ambitious idea that I would remodel my condo completely on my own. At the time I had a Ford Ranger so it was easy to transport supplies and with the help of a friend - carry the heaviest objects like the giant cork rolls - up the stairs. I didn't realize just how difficult and dirty remodeling would be, but also how rewarding the outcome would be as well.

My father loaned me his power tools and I checked out some books from the library. I also watched Youtube videos on how to lay a floor and miraculously, after weeks of work, I finished the floor in my living room.