I was standing in the living room of my house one night, and said to myself, "you know, it sure would be nice to have an open kitchen." Then I realized, the only way this was going to happen is if I just began demolishing. So, I grabbed a sledge hammer and busted a hole in the wall separating the kitchen from the living room. Wow, that felt good. After a couple of hours with the sledge hammer and reciprocating saw, my wall was gone. This is where it all began.Everything has been done by me. I hand built the cabinets, laid the tile on the floor, counter-tops, and backslash, installed and plummed the sink, installed the lights, re-routed the eletrical for the stove, and re-routed the electrical and water for the dishwasher and fridge. The project is about 70% complete, and has been one: an eye opener, two: a lot of fun, and three: a lot of hard work.Going into this, I had never built a cabinet, installed a sink, re-located a stove, dishwasher, or fridge, installed tile, or tore down a wall. But, you can't learn, unless you just dive right in (with a little help from the internet). :)I hope my project inspires others to doityourself. Not only is it rewarding, but fattens your wallet at the same time.