It took almost a year from concept to completion, working few hours at a time here and there, mostly nights and weekends as weather and family commitments allowed. And while I can find my way around tools, I'm not carpenter by trade... so each step of the way was a learning experience that took quite a bit of researching, planning, and executing during every phase of the project. I made a few mistakes along the way, but the journey was worth the trouble and the final result came out better than I had hoped!