Neither of us had ever worked with metal framing stud or cement board before, but we did a lot of research online, bought the right tools, and just dove it.
We worked from early morning until the sun set on the three longest days of the year and tackled challenges as they arose. We deviated from our self-created plans on many occasions. We did lots and lots of measuring and math. We went through six pounds of lath and cement screws.
Is it perfect? Far from it. There are areas that are definitely not square, we are going to have to shim a number of spots before the island's "roof" will be ready for granite, and we will most likely have to raise our grill up about an inch and a half before it will sit level with the final countertop.
But I am pretty darn impressed with us.
There were moments of frustration and conflict, some miscommunication, and a few tears. But there were also a lot of laughs, a number of fist bumps and a real sense of the pride that comes with creating something out of nothing.
On the weekend before our third wedding anniversary, both of us were reminded of the vows we took to love, honor and support each other as we worked side by side on a project that neither of us were really qualified to tackle. As with many projects in the past, we faced each challenge as it arose, talked the issue through, came up with a game plan, and executed. We complement each others strengths and weaknesses and make a pretty epic team.
I am so lucky to have an amazing husband, and pretty soon, a bad ass outdoor kitchen.