02 June . 2017
Flight Attendant by Day, DIY Maven by Night
Heidi Darling and her husband, Bobby, were living in downtown Seattle in a 600-square foot apartment
when their good friends started building a home in Tehaleh. At the time, they weren’t thinking about
buying yet—until they drove out for a visit. “We fell in love with the neighborhood and decided we had
to buy here,” recalls Heidi. They realized that homes were being snatched up quickly, so they jumped
into the market, and within a short time, they found their dream home.
Heidi works as a flight attendant, which allows her to travel 3-4 trips in a row and then have stretches
of time to spend at home. After living the bustling city life, Heidi said that she and her husband are
enjoying cooking for themselves, spending time with friends in the community, and learning to do things
around the house.
Once settled into their Tehaleh home, Heidi thought, “We have a lot of rooms to fill!” Heidi’s brother-in-law,
who does woodworking back in Texas, came to visit soon after their move, and introduced her to DIY home
projects. He helped her complete her first build – two side tables. “I fell in love with the process and
have been slowly teaching myself along the way,” said Heidi.
She has since created several pieces: a headboard for the master suite, custom show storage shelves, and a
bench she created by staining and sealing a piece of wood and then affixing pipes as the legs. According to
Heidi, the toughest part of building is doing the calculations. “You have to get the math perfect – a 2x4 piece
of wood isn’t even exactly 2 inches by 4 inches!” she said. Heidi works on her projects in the garage, and uses
the yard for messier steps like staining and sanding. Her husband helps out here and there, offering an extra
set of hands for the heavier items.
There is also a cost savings to her DIY projects – she’s made furniture equivalent to store-bought items
and spent far less money than she would have in-store. When choosing the materials, Heidi ensures
they are of the highest quality, so that they are sturdy and will last through the years. She gets
inspiration from websites and has a list of projects she is hoping to tackle, including outdoor furniture
and bedside tables for the master bedroom. If Heidi decides to expand her hobby into a business one day,
she could run it out of her home, like her neighbors who have founded lucrative in-home businesses in Tehaleh.
When she’s not hard at work flying the skies or mastering DIY projects, Heidi enjoys walking the trails
around Tehaleh and enjoying everything the community has to offer. “We’ve got really great neighbors
on our street,” Heidi said. Now that the weather is warming up, they’ve started to barbecue, but they
are also huge fans of dining at The Mantel. Heidi proclaims that their banana parfait is the best thing
she’s ever eaten! The family is anticipating a new member soon – a French bull dog puppy – who will
soon be trekking around Big Sky Park.
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