Monday, February 28, 2011

February 2011--month in review

The monthly check on our list of house goals.  We felt good about getting back into the swing of things, but the list still isn't looking so hot....
Guest Bedroom
  • hang pictures
  • reupholster antique chair still stuck 90% of the way there, waiting for the misplaced trim to magically appear
  • install closet doors
  • fix hinge-bound door so it will actually close


  • make and hang curtains still 50% done--I've ordered and received the fabric for the side windows, but haven't done anything with it
  • 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 
  • install new light fixture

Hall/Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room
  • knock down walls to make these all a single space--started in on this job! 
  • 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 We have a new layout plan that will avoid needing to do this job.  P is still considering doing some major electrical work to bring our older house up to modern codes and best practices.
  • 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 Our new layout leaves the sink where it was, so that eliminates the need for this job, but adds:
  • install new sink
  • 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
  • install lots of new outlets to bring house up to newer codes for required number of outlets per room
  • install new lighting

Utility room
  • build utility room
  • buy and install new tankless water heater
  • run plumbing and install utility sink
  • run plumbing and vent lines for new washer/dryer location (due to new layout)
Master bedroom
  • lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor
Master Bath

  •  give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift

  Crawl Space 
  • complete encapsulation 98% of the way there....
  • test house for radon
  • enjoy running lots of plumbing and wiring for new kitchen/utility room/great room in new, dry, clean space


  •  fix roof leaks most of the way there--we finally got enough rain to test January's repairs--most of the leaks are fixed, and just one slow one remains
  • 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!)

  • 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 well, I spent a lot of time drooling on seed catalogs and dreaming the impossible dream...
  • 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
  • buy and plant Yaupon hollies on east property line
There's a lot left to do here--and I think we've added more items off the list than we've crossed off! 

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