Next on my to-do list is the kitchen, which I'm dying to build in a large room off the main entry hall. The one we have now is temporary. After 15 months of renovation with no place to prep meals, I patched it together in less than a week using appliances and IKEA cabinets that I got on Craigslist for $1,000. It's in a bedroom on the second floor, adjacent to the bath, which allowed me to tap into existing plumbing and waste lines. We've made it cheery with beadboard on the walls, and having it has saved us tons on takeout. But Katie's been dreaming of a big family kitchen with easy access to the outdoors and an island in the center with seating for the kids to gather around. I want to make it happen for her—for all of us.