Wednesday, August 13, 2014
My DH and I like to do a house reno every other year. Schedule and Budget permitting of course.
We've been in our house 16 years now and we've done a lot. But we still have a huge list of things that "need" to get done and also stuff we'd "like" done
So every year, in the spring, we sit down and prioritize the list.
Here's our WISH LIST (in no particular order):
Kitchen - Cabinets and countertops
Master Bath - total gut
Laundry Room - total gut
Outside Front - Landscaping
Paint the Exterior
Replace Windows - not all just 3 large ones on front of house
Outside Backyard (was done 10 years ago but needs some minor work)
Garage Organization - finish walls and install shelving/storage
Misc Repairs and Organization throughout house (on going)
I'm sure it looks familiar to a lot of you!
This year I really wanted to put in a putting green in our backyard. I thought it would be a fun thing to have for entertaining and we still have a teenage boy at home who is an avid golfer.
We don't have a sprinkler system (no real need for it here in the rainy west coast) and we don't water our grass so every year around this time (July/August) the grass dies and looks awful.
The artificial turf and green sounded like a perfect plan - and that reno would be easy and not disruptive to family life.
It seemed like it was going to happen until the quotes came in and we realized that it was more than we thought and there were other things on the list that should be done first.
DH really wanted to do the laundry room/wine storage (or as he calls it "wine cave with laundry"). He has a lot of wine and wanted something "nicer" and more organized to store it.
After comparing quotes on both projects we decided to pitch the putting green and use the money to redo the laundry room. In the end the costs were almost the same!
That's how the laundry room reno came about. It's still not done, but should be by the end of next week, so I'll post the completed wine side then.
Our current outstanding WISH LIST was re-prioritized and we also negotiated the next 2 years reno's - House Front (2015) and then Kitchen & Master Bath (2016).
Next year we're going to "try" and do the front of the house. This will address some problem areas that need repair and add much needed curb appeal.
This is what's coming up for next year's reno -
Replace 3 windows
Paint and repair wood siding
Paint and repair wood trim and fascia
Remove red clay brick from front, arches (yes I have arches) and red clay floor tile porch.
Replace red clay brick front with gray stone (basalt like in backyard)
Replace red clay brick arches with stone and wood posts
Replace red clay floor tile with slate or another natural of "faux" stone tile
Replace front doors (double doors)
I'm going to start sharing my ideas and inspiration here and I'd love any feedback or tips you might have!