Monday, May 2, 2011

April 2011--month in review

We got more serious about tearing things apart this month.  But the progress has been slow--who would have thought it would take P three weekends to rough in the waste plumbing lines for our new utility room?  Not us!

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


  • 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 
  • 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 
  • patch existing oak flooring where walls were removed
  • make new attic hatch
  • replace textured ceiling in kitchen--texture is gone, but it will be a while before we're ready to make it pretty again.
  • 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 we've got the general idea down.  I think we'll be figuring out the details (e.g., exact size of cabinets, placement of lights and outlets, etc.) as we go along.
  • build new kitchen cabinets (at least the lower ones)
  • get/make new countertops
  • install backsplash
  • run plumbing for gas range
  • 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--we gotten a start here--have uninstalled all the kitchen cabinets, shelves, etc, and are concentrating our efforts here for the time being 
  • buy and install new tankless water heater--got a lot of research done.  Next need to call the water company: tankless water heaters need a 3/4" diameter feed line, but our lines are all 1/2".  What do they recommend we do?
  • run plumbing and install utility sink--P has all the drain plumbing installed, and has begun work on the incoming water lines 
  • run plumbing and vent lines for washer/dryer--again, drain lines done, and incoming begun.  One of the things that slowed work down this month was that I waited until P had the new drain lines in place before asking "where will the dryer vent go?"  Rerouting ensured.  Some times it is one step forward, two steps back.
Master bedroom
  • lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor
Master Bath

  •  give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift

  Crawl Space 
  • complete encapsulation 99% 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--begun!


  •  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!)
  • 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 seedlings had a rough  month, and I'm terribly late on the direct-sow ones, but summer will arrive eventually!
  • grow a tomato that doesn't rot before it ripens I pretty much killed the tomato seedlings.  :-(  Might just buy plants.
  • try to agree on privacy plantings for west property line, and plant them so they have some time to grow arguing with our landscaper....  I guess the customer isn't always right when she's your sister-in-law  :-)
  • buy and plant Yaupon hollies on east property line  see above
Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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