Porter, what a nice name. Good choice. You know, for us, the kennel was the best plan. We only kennelled at night or when there was going to be no one at home. Both girls liked the kennel; they both went in on their own. It was so helpful in making them successful. No accidental chewing, or bathroom accidents. They are 3 and 4 now and it's been a long time since we've used it, but i don't think we could have lived without for the first two years.
Oh, and not sure how it will work for you but I'd say the first 4-8 weeks you might lack a little sleep! All fun. All worth it. Enjoy.