Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 goals

It's that time of the year when people reflect on what they've accomplished in the year gone by, and their goals for the future.  And with P due to start a new job 800 miles from here on January 15, we're reflecting and goal-setting with a particular urgency.

Let's see where we stand vis-a-vis the list I set out at the beginning of 2011, before everything changed....

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  not a priority
  • put laminate on top of craft table not a priority
  • 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 I realized that the grout is not just ugly--it's unstable.  Potential for water damage sooner than later.  Drat.  But in current panic state, there's no time for regrouting.  I'll either cheat and smear some caulk on the worst spots, or just not do anything.  I suspect part of the ugliness is due to a previous half-assed repair 
  • hang at least one picture/piece of art not a priority
  • 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 or just paint old one
  • 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)   no time for that now, plus no point in doing something that custom when we don't know what the next owner will like.  We have some IKEA cabinets on order
  • get/make new countertops
  • install backsplash will probably just cheat and do one of those laminate countertop lips that extend a few inches up the wall
  • run plumbing for gas range
  • install new sink
  • remove windows in dining room, and replace with french doors out to backyard this had to do with our plans for an eventual patio--would have been nice
  • buy fireplace screen and make the occasional fire
  • replace hearth tile got old stuff up, need something new
  • make living room curtains (purely ornamental) not a priority
  • figure out window treatment for front windows that will maximize both light and privacy bought some ENJE shades from IKEA--need to hang
  • install new baseboard and crown molding
  • install doors on coat closet
  • fix draft under front door not a priority
  • install lots of new outlets to bring house up to newer codes for required number of outlets per room
  • install new lighting the new switches are in, but we still need the ceiling junction boxes

Utility room
  • build utility room
  • buy and install new tankless water heater
  • run plumbing and install utility sink
  • run plumbing and vent lines for washer/dryer

Master bedroom
  • lay hardwood flooring over exposed subfloor

Master Bath

  • give ugly medicine cabinet a cosmetic face lift not a priority

Crawl Space

  • complete encapsulation
  • test house for radon oops
  • enjoy running lots of plumbing and wiring for new kitchen/utility room/great room 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!) plans definitely changed here...

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 that project didn't happen
  • 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 nope
  • 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 I got two? before someone else discovered they were good eating and the weather got chilly
  • try to agree on privacy plantings for west property line, and plant them so they have some time to grow nope
  • buy and plant something on east property line 
I'll be back tomorrow with what we need to accomplish in the first two weeks of 2012....

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