Friday, May 12, 2017

Reno Wish List Update 2017

This is a repost of a yearly post I do for myself...

As I've mentioned before my hubby and I have a wish list of home improvements.

We've been in our house for almost 20 years now and we've done a lot.  But we still have some things on our list that "need" to get done and also stuff we'd "like" done

So each year, usually in the spring, we try to sit down and prioritize the list.  There isn't much left on this list since we've been knocking stuff off the last couple of years but I wanted to post an update.

You might not be interested but I like to use my blog as a photo album and place to record stuff.

Here's our last WISH LIST with updates in no particular order (*denotes Major reno):

*Kitchen - Cabinets/countertops, Knook (?) and move some REPLACE all appliances, resurface/flat popcorn ceiling (2019)
*Outside Front - Front doors/Landscaping/Rock work at Foundation and raised planter/lighting/driveway/replace grass with rock walk way (2018)
Family Room - Replace sectional & Repaint Walls (2017), Update Fireplace surround rock work - stacked stone? (2019 with Kitchen?)
Outside Backyard - Replace turf and some rock work, rework outdoor lighting (2017)
Outside Backyard - Repaint deck (2017), Replace Hot Tub (as needed)
Inside - Repaint/Update Room colours (as needed), Purge (ongoing as needed)
Living room - Repaint walls, Add Fireplace Mantel (?), and Replace Furniture (2018)
Convert Bi Fold Closet Doors to French - Laundry Room (2014), Hall (2017), Linen (2017)
Garage Organization - finish walls and install shelving/storage, Purge (ongoing and never ending)
Misc Repairs and Organization throughout house (ongoing and never ending)
Re-Do Den Flooring - Replace damaged cork with faux wood plank tile (2019 with Kitchen?)
Replace Kids' Bathroom Toilet - (2016)
Paint Jackson's Room - last painted in 1997!! (Summer 2017)
Master Bath - total gut (2016)
Laundry Room - total gut  (done 2014)
Paint the Exterior (done 2015)
Replace Windows - not all just 3 large ones on front of house (done 2015)
Replace Bathroom Windows - 2 in master ensuite and 1 in kids' bathroom (done 2016)

I just have to keep buying those lottery tickets so we can finish off this list...or move!

Until next time...

Paint Paint Paint

My hubby and I like to do one big house reno a year.

We get together at the beginning of year and discuss what we'd like to do and what we can afford to do.

We've been in our house for over 20 years and we are almost done our home reno to-do list.

The only big things left now are:
Kitchen reno
Front of the house reno

There are many small things to do on the list and then we start to re-do stuff that we did years ago but now need repair/updating.

Things like:
Replace furniture
Replace Hot Tub (now 15 years old yikes!)
PURGE closets and garage (this is an ongoing task!)

The kitchen reno comes up every year but every year we put it back on the list because we can't seem to agree on what to do.  I do believe it will be the last thing we do before my husband retires.  Which won't be a bad thing because then we'll have a new kitchen to enjoy until we downsize.

We're also not quite ready to do the front of the house - new doors, new end of the driveway lamp posts, new walk way, reface aggregate, replace cedar hedge etc.

One project that came up a few years ago was to replace the back yard grass with artificial grass and a putting green.

But that got side lined when we decided to do our LAUNDRY ROOM, then repaint the HOUSE EXTERIOR and then last year renovate the MASTER BATHROOM.

This year we decided to go ahead with the backyard project and also do a bit of updating inside.

So we replaced our family room sectional and got a new sectional with reclining end units.  We love it! But it's a different colour than our old one - both leather - new one is a dark taupe and the old was a dark burgundy.

This started a little domino effect because now the walls did not go well with the new coloured sectional.  Painting the family room also meant painting the kitchen - all one big space - with 2 walls meeting.

Picking paint colour is no easy task for us - hubby is colour blind but opinionated!

So began the trips to the paint store and testing out samples on the actual walls.

In the end we decided to use Behr Marquee Perfect Taupe (75%).  It's much lighter than what we had before but I like it.

For the kitchen we choose BM Niveous.

The two colours look great together and they brighten up the space.

I'll be posting my backyard putting green and artificial grass pictures soon!  

Until next time,