Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 2011--month in review

Here's our (okay, my) list of 2011 house goals, and a reality check of how well we're doing on them.

Guest Bedroom
  • hang pictures done!
  • reupholster antique chair 90% of the way there, with some invaluable help from my father this weekend--it would be done, but I've misplaced the braiding for the trim!
  • install closet doors
  • fix hinge-bound door so it will actually close

Office

  • make and hang curtains 50% done--my mom made the ones for the front windows, and then P hung them--but I didn't have enough fabric for her to do the side windows (are we noticing a theme here?)
  • reupholster footstool
  • put laminate on top of craft table
  • paint and hang door

Hall Bath
  • skim coat walls a little more done!
  • repaint walls done! (pictures forthcoming)
  • 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 done! (thanks, honey!)
  • install hooks where I can hang my work clothes  done!
  • install new light fixture

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 halfway there... 
  • 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 90% of the way there....
  • test house for radon
  • enjoy running lots of plumbing for new kitchen in new, dry, clean space

Garage

  •  fix roof leaks hopefully done?  P did some work up there this weekend, so the next rain storm will tell
  • 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 got a few done, but I think a few more will come this year, so I'll wait to cross it off--thanks, Dad!
  • add more plants and beds to continue moving toward cottage garden look started expanding the little bed into something rather larger
  • 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 well, we agreed on plants for the east line, so...
  • buy and plant Yaupon hollies on east property line
There's a lot left to do here--but at least we've crossed more items off the list than we've added to it!  :-)

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