Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Goals

Though we got a whole lot done last year, it's just the tip of the iceberg for what we have planned for this house!  We're (or at least I'm) hoping we can get the bulk of the interior work done in 2011. 

Here's what I'm hoping for this year:

Guest Bedroom

  • hang pictures
  • reupholster antique chair
  • install closet doors
  • fix hinge-bound door so it will actually close

Office

  • make and hang curtains
  • reupholster footstool
  • put laminate on top of craft table
  • paint and hang door

Hall Bath
  • skim coat walls a little more
  • repaint walls
  • really, really scrub grout--and if that doesn't remove yellowing, try one of those grout pens
  • hang at least one picture/piece of art
  • install closet door knob
  • install hooks where I can hang my work clothes 

Hall/Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room
  • knock down walls to make these all a single space
  • install structural beam to replace structural wall
  • move electrical breaker box to exterior wall so we can knock down the interior wall it's currently on
  • patch existing oak flooring where walls were removed
  • make new attic hatch
  • replace textured ceiling in kitchen
  • remove wood panelling and replace with drywall
  • remove vinyl floor in kitchen, and lay new hardwoods there and over exposed subfloor in dining room
  • commit to new kitchen plans
  • build new kitchen cabinets (at least the lower ones)
  • get/make new countertops
  • install backsplash
  • run plumbing for new sink and gas range
  • remove windows in dining room, and replace with french doors out to backyard
  • buy fireplace screen and make the occasional fire
  • replace hearth tile
  • make living room curtains (purely ornamental)
  • figure out window treatment for front windows that will maximize both light and privacy (plantation shutters?)
  • install new baseboard and crown molding
  • install doors on coat closet
  • fix draft under front door

Utility room
  • build utility room
  • buy and install new tankless water heater
  • run plumbing and install utility sink
Master bedroom
  • lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor
Master Bath

  •  give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift

  Crawl Space 
  • complete encapsulation
  • test house for radon
  • enjoy running lots of plumbing for new kitchen in new, dry, clean space

Garage

  •  fix roof leaks
  • continue to work to make this a functional wood shop for P (so he can spend lots of time out there building me new kitchen cabinets!)

Exterior
  • paint foundation to complement new stair color
  • figure out how to make exterior brick look good after we cut into it to install afore-mentioned french doors
  • paint front door a more lively color (it should be easy to beat white)
  • work with P's brother A, a professional landscape designer, to come up with an actual design for our landscape
  • remove a few more azaleas
  • add more plants and beds to continue moving toward cottage garden look
  • grow a tomato that doesn't rot before it ripens
  • try to agree on privacy plantings for west property line, and plant them so they have some time to grow
Wow!  We'll see how this goes.  Maybe we'll all get together a year from now and laugh at my hubris.  We'll see....

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