Let me introduce myself. Hi, my name is Robin and I’m a mechanical engineer. I design HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems for large hospitals. As a LEED AP I develop whole building energy models for buildings that are looking to get LEED certified.

I’m a left brained thinker who likes to exercise my right brain for fun. I’m not afraid to get dirty but I can clean up nicely. My steel toed boots are stored next to my 3” heels and I don’t find that strange. I’m a recovering perfectionist but occasionally I have a lapse.

I married the love of my life, Flannel Man (as I call him here), in June 2007 after dating for 6 years. We enjoy kayaking and competitive high powered rifle shooting in our free time. In fact shooting is how we met. Flannel Man is a machinist who cuts molds for plastic packaging and parts. He also is an unofficial gunsmith on the side and builds all of our custom target rifles. He loves making things with his hands but is more of a metal worker than a wood worker.

As the son and daughter of carpenters we hope to do most of the extensive remodeling to our new home ourselves. Both of our dads built our family homes, have large shops filled with tools (*yay*), and are very knowledgeable about everything home ownership may throw at us.

We have big plans for our new house and plan to make it our “forever” home where we’ll raise two kids and a dog (or at least that’s the plan anyway). We hope you enjoy our blog about our adventures as home owners.



8 Responses to “About Us”

  1. 1 Aimee June 24, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Such a fun “about” page! 🙂 Can’t wait to watch the progression on your house.

  2. 2 Brenda Chapman January 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Good Morning,

    We just wanted to let you know that we have listed your site as one of the 50 Sites To Help You Remodel Your Home.

    You can see the article here:

    Thank you,


  3. 3 Steve July 8, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Did you guys finish getting the geothermal installed? I can only find the 1st 3 parts of the series. Thanks.

  4. 4 Anne-Marie January 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Robin – what a great bio! You recently popped by an organizing post I did (great clean out) and mentioned having a garage redo coming up – if you’d like to send me pic’s when you are done i’d love to post it.. let me know! Couldn’t find an email ink, sorry to send this via comment 🙂

  5. 5 Shaun July 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Greetings Robin, Can you please contact me… concerning the want to make a Blurb Book templates.. “Art of Engineering”.
    Thank you.

  6. 6 liliana July 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I love your blog, I had some issues with my garage, but by looking at your pics I found them very helpful. Keep up the great work. Look forward to more posts.

  7. 7 Sara September 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, I had posted asking about finishing the basement, and you were so helpful. You had mentioned in one of your posts that if I had additional questions, I could contact you here. You had mentioned previously that the concrete walls had to be completely dry before we Drylok-ed it, but if they weren’t, we could use the oil-base Drylok. Is there a benefit in using the water-based vs. oil-based one?

  8. 8 Jessica March 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    No posts since March, 2012?! I am dying to see how the remodel is going or if it has been completed!

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