Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New House To-Do List: 6 Month Check-in


Well, now that we have been in the house for six months, things have changed a little bit on the to-do list.  Some things haven't been a priority over others, so they will be moved, and some things that weren't on the list now need to be. 

Our original list looked like this (I went ahead and crossed out what we've completed): 

WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER
- Paint Rowan’s room
- Paint hallway/foyer
- Paint master bedroom
- Remove wallpaper mural in LR, paint
- Remove wallpaper in kitchen, paint kitchen/dining room
- Paint front door, garage door, and back door 
- Purchase and install a microwave range
- Purchase a new gas/convection stove
- Purchase, stain, and install bi-fold doors in the bonus room closets
- Purchase a new storm door for the front door
- Organize the pantry 
- Purchase and install light and switch plate covers (they are mismatched now- that bugs me)
- Install a fence (I think this is going to wait until next year at tax time)
- Organize the garage
- Organize the storage shed
- Organize the attic 

WITHIN TWO YEARS
- Paint bonus room
- Paint office
- Paint spare bedroom
- Purchase a new refrigerator and dishwasher
- Tile the foyer
- Tile kitchen, laundry, bonus room (we ended up putting new carpet in the bonus room)
- Purchase, stain, and replace doors, closet doors, and pocket doors with solid wood doors/new hardware
- Purchase and replace door hardware on French doors leading outside, back door, and front door
- Mini- reno in Rowan’s bathroom: replace tub, tile tub surround, tile floor
- Mini-reno in Master bathroom: replace tub/create large shower, tile surround, tile floor
- Re-Vamp outdoor area: knock out old screen porch, create a new screened-in porch and deck

WITHIN FIVE YEARS
- Mini- Kitchen reno: replace countertops, paint or replace cabinets, replace sink
- Put a new closet system in the master bedroom
- Replace front door with a solid wood door
- Add French doors between the living room and dining room
- Install hardwood flooring in the living room/dining room

Now that we've been here for six months, this is the re-vamped list:

2012
- paint kitchen cabinets
- replace kitchen hardware
- replace kitchen lighting
- paint the pantry
- paint and organize the garage
- organize the storage shed
- beef up the landscaping
- install the new koi pond
- redo the screened-in porch
- add a deck off the porch
- redo small porch off second back entrance

2013
- replace lighting in the master bedroom "hallway"
- replace lighting in the hallway
- install a fence
- tile the foyer
- new kitchen countertops
- backsplash in the kitchen

2014
- new doors and door hardware throughout
- redo Rowan's bathroom: new tub, tile the surround, new flooring
- redo Master bathroom: change tub to tiled shower, new flooring
- possibly add a doorway from the dining room to the living room

2015 and beyond
- possibly add on the the bonus room to create a family room/storage area


While there are a lot of things happening in 2012, I think they are things we can handle.  This will make the house feel even more like "ours" until we can do everything we would like to.  We are pretty certain this is our forever home, so I am sure we will be working on things forever ;).

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