Renovations Completed To Date

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Renovations


I have made mention that Hubby and I are doing house renovations this year, and I have blogged about a few of them.

This is our original renovations list:

• Do something with the built-ins in the family room
• Get Hubby to do something with the built-ins in his office
• Install hardwood flooring in the living room, family room and Hubby’s office
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old room
• Replace the window in Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Replace carpet in Sonny-boy’s room, hallway, and if necessary, our bedroom
New dining room chandelier

This is our updated renovations list for this summer:

Updated renovations list

• Do something with the built-ins in the family room
• Get Hubby to do something with the built-ins in his office
• Install hardwood flooring in the living room, family room and Hubby’s office
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old room
• Replace the window in Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Replace carpet in Sonny-boy’s room, hallway, and if necessary, our bedroom
New dining room chandelier
• Replace laundry room sink and faucet
• New Roof
• New Gutters

And this is what we added since then (scope creep is everywhere!)

• Repair/paint the Dryvit
• Paint the house trim
• Paint the railings and gate
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Paint the kitchen trim

Giving us this list

2013 Renovations List

• Do something with the built-ins in the family room
• Get Hubby to do something with the built-ins in his office
• Install hardwood flooring in the living room, family room and Hubby’s office
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old room
• Replace the window in Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Replace carpet in Sonny-boy’s room, hallway, and if necessary, our bedroom
New dining room chandelier
• Replace laundry room sink and faucet
• New Roof
• New Gutters
• Repair/paint the Dryvit
• Paint the house trim
• Paint the railings and gate
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Paint the kitchen trim

We expected to have something done to the Dryvit. Hubby picked out the current color. When we moved here, it was a nice almond color but they didn’t do a great job of applying it – the application looked thin and almost see through. Our Dryvit is purely decorative, and there is brick underneath. Well, since it appeared like they didn’t use enough Dryvit we had another coat applied, and Hubby picked the color. It was a baaaaaad choice. The undertone was red, and when the sun hit the house the red undertone came out. We took to calling our house the “Pink Palace”.

This time, I chose the color.

We also knew we wanted the trim painted, so I am surprised it wasn’t on our original renovations list. It was last painted 7 years ago, and the back windows get full sun, and a few of them have flaking paint.

This is what we have accomplished to date:

Do something with the built-ins in the family room DONE!
• Get Hubby to do something with the built-ins in his office
Install hardwood flooring in the living room, family room and Hubby’s office DONE!
Paint Sonny-boy’s old room DONE!
• Replace the window in Sonny-boy’s old bathroom DONE!
• Replace carpet in Sonny-boy’s room, hallway, and if necessary, our bedroom
New dining room chandelier DONE!
• Replace laundry room sink and faucet DONE!
New Roof DONE!
New Gutters DONE!
• Repair/paint the Dryvit
• Paint the house trim
• Paint the railings and gate
• Paint Sonny-boy’s old bathroom
• Paint the kitchen trim

As we are winding down on the year, it looks like Hubby isn’t going to do anything with his built-ins. #@!!&$ The carpet upstairs is waiting until the spring. While we are in Florida this winter the staircase is being updated – a new railing is being installed and the stairs will be stripped, restained and polyurethaned. The carpet will go in after that is complete.

The outside trim and railing painting is set to begin on Friday. I am still waiting to find out how much the kitchen trim and the upstairs bathroom will be to paint. All I know, is I am not doing it.

Link to our completed renovations.

Do you have renovations, painting, updating planned for your house this year? If so, what projects are you undertaking?


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Comments

  1. Wow! I am exhausted just reading that lol. Just before Easter this year we repaired a wall in our living room and repainted. Hubby picked out the color, and even though it is nothing close to the color I described to him, it turned out great and I love it. We also took out the 30 year old wall paper in our bathroom and painted. That was a chore! We are saving up to do some bigger repairs. I LOVE to bake and decorate cakes and I have one swaure of counter in my kitchen. That is something I would like to change.

    • That weird typo word should be square

    • I think when all this is done at both places next spring, I am probably going to write a big, long post on how stupid we were to let all these things accumulate at once! On the other hand, instead of constant renovations over 7-8 years, we are being inconvenienced once every seven years… I’ll have to think about this.

      Yikes I don’t envy you wall paper removal. I was lucky with the cloth backed paper, but paper backed is a horrible chore! Glad you are pleased with the results, Stephanie.

      Ann

  2. Ann – your house is beautiful (the NY one) as I just saw the roofing photos. I love your windows 🙂

    Anyhow – that’s a great list and at least there are things crossed off of it – which is fantastic!!

    My list – is the still the exact same as a few months ago. It has now been over 1 year since we have been living here and it pretty much hasn’t changed an iota. DH was pissed a few weeks ago after talking to our current contractor who is a very nice person but a terrible businessman and terribly disorganized. Now Sandy has something to do with it but it’s been over 1 year now. So we are in a bit of a hairy situation. We are praying that this will all work out as DH wants to switch to the other person he was interested in (back 1 year ago) can give us a good price quote. It’s a huge amount of work & will be costing a good amount of money. But we got the house for a good deal because it needed so much work. Hope we can get some things crossed off our list soon.

    • Good luck, Liz! We oversaw all the work ourselves, and of course it helped tremendously that Hubby had a ton of rental work done last year, and so a list of contractors that do good and timely work. Renovations aren’t fun, but the finished product makes all the pain and agony worthwhile.

      Ann

  3. Skirnir Hamilton says

    We have lived here since end of December last year. So far we have had the electric box redone as recommended by the home inspector and some shelves removed and put larger shelves into our kitchen pantry along with a few odds and ends. We are pricing out sliding glass doors as he have two we would like to replace in the next few months. I think that is all we will probably do this year. This year or next, I suspect we will be buying a new dishwasher. Probably about it, though.

    • Very nice that you bought a house that needed little work, Skirnir. When we bought this one, we knew it needed a lot of work. We did a ton outside the first year (the outside needed more than the inside), and pretty much put off the inside for years. LOL Living with renovations is no fun, so we delayed, delayed, delayed and then told ourselves we were living with the house to know what we “really” needed… like we didn’t know by year 2. 😛

      Ann

  4. Well my renovations are coming along nicely. I added removing a wall in my bedroom that was not load bearing. The reason, it looked dumb. That is now done and the new hardwood floors are going in the 1st week of October. I have decided to put the hardwood floors in my kitchen too, so they will be in my bedroom, dining room. living room and kitchen. The cedar fence is completed and I need the house painted and the new deck built before the end of the year.

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