Monday, April 5, 2010

I little about me

I am a 33 year old single mother of 3 year old twins. I just purchased the only house that I could afford in Austin, TX. It may be cheaper than rent, but it certainly won't be cheaper than renting especially if we are considering that time is money. Just a few of the things that I am working on right now:

  • Foundation repair

  • Installing a French Drain

  • Cleaning up the trash heap buried in my back yard

  • Tearing out my bedroom closet

  • Trying to get my toilet to flush

  • I think I have a rat, not sure what to do about this

Future projects that will take place after the foundation is repaired:

  • Add a deck

  • Tear out and replace bathroom floor and all fixtures

  • Remove wall between kitchen and living room

  • All new windows

  • Remove and replace retaining wall

  • Build a 120 sqaure foot guest quarters

There will be more to come I am sure of it. Indeed I do plan on taking my piece of trash property and turning into a true treasure.


  1. Wow Kyra,

    I super excited about your blog in particular. My husband and I just moved into our first house. We live on a small island in the Caribbean and needless to say the building process was a challenge. All in all it was a good learning experience. We still have tons to do as it is just a pretty shell that requires a lot from us. Let's just say the responsibility factor has set in like I did not expect.

    Very proud of you!

  2. Great Kyra! I was a single mom for 11 years. When I remarried, the girls were grown. During those years I had to do so much of the house stuff myself, fixing toilets, changing lights in the swimming pool (that was scary). You are definitely my hero! I married an general contractor and my ex-husband was an electrical contractor, so I know that it is hard work. I am excited to hear how it goes. ~Dionne


About Me

Taking on this project is a new beginning for me and my twins. This isn’t the first time I have bought a house that is a true project. A little more than a decade ago I bought a house in Bozeman, MT. It was a project. Between trips to the library and the lumber yard I learned so much. I tore down walls, replaced plumbing, put in new electrical fixtures, and refinished 100 year old hardwood floors. I didn’t hire a single contractor and it turned out great. I sold it for a little profit two years later, granted if you where to look at the hours that I put in then I likely only made pennies per hour. This house is not only an opportunity for me to have a place of my own again, but also to teach my children the value of hard work and perseverance. I am so excited to learn new things and to get my hands dirty again.