Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Would Likes for the House

All of y'all that own or have owned a house understand when I say this - it never ends.  There's ALWAYS something to do!  Our house was built in 1999 so it's not old but it's 15 years old so it's time to update some things.  

We have a spreadsheet with everything we'd like to do for each room and an approximate cost.  It's unreal haha.  But here are some things that are top on our list these days...

1.  Redo our bathroom - I will show you all pictures of what we are doing next week.  This is hopefully going down in March.  It's mucho mulah so we're trying to be conscious of that as we plan.  But we kinda have to do this now or not for a long time because I don't want the fumes when we have a newborn in the house.  Nor am I interested in bathroom chaos when we're learning how to be parents.

2.  New stove - this is the only appliance we didn't replace when we moved in and every time I turn it on, I just hope that it works.  I'm sure it'll fail us during a dinner party we host one day haha!  I do want a double oven.

3.  Mattress - we need a mattress in our upstairs bedroom so we can have two guest bedrooms.  I have a feeling come July, we'll be having more visitors so this is essential.  We already have all the bedding soooo now we need the mattress.  I'm saving all of the money I make from reselling things for this purchase.  We'll see how that works out!

4.  Chair - we really need an additional chair or two in our den.  Currently we only have a couch and one chair so when we have another couple over, we sit like sardines on the couch and one person in the chair.  So I'd like a swivel chair and a recliner.  But of course I don't want el cheapo either soooo....yeah.

5.  Laundry and Craft/Mills' Room - we want to rip up the vinyl (no clue why they did vinyl in these rooms) and put 16x16 tiles in there.  Nothing fancy but an upgrade from how it is now.  We also want to move the cabinets that are in the laundry room and build cubbies and make the Craft/Mills' Room a little more usable with desks and a table for gift wrapping.  Thinking IKEA cabinets?

6.  Pantry #2 - we are lucky to have two large pantry's but the second one is not the most efficient with usable area.  Once again, I'm thinking some good IKEA stuff might work in here.  We don't need anything fancy, just practical.  

7.  Our yard - oh our yard.  We spent A LOT on irrigation so I'm really hoping we see the change this Spring.  We need to replant some bushes up at the front of our house.  This probably isn't top priority and really could wait.  

8.  Back Patio - the concrete that is there now would be a wonderful pool deck but since the pool is no longer there, it looks silly.  We want to rip it out and put stone down and make it bigger.  

Sadly, all of this equals close to $75,000...#1 and #8 are the big whoppers.  One day friends...one day.  In the meantime, we'll keep chomping away as we can.  


  1. I do not begrudge you this list (and the cost)... but WOO would I love to make an Improvement List to a house! The house envy is seriously throbbing through my veins this year.

  2. We got our new mattress from US-mattress.com and it is amaze-balls. We went and tested out mattresses in the store to see what firmness we liked and then got a comparable one from them. Their prices are amazing, they have name brand mattresses, and the deliver and set the bed up for you. We ended up saving ~$1,000 on our new bed.

    For the living room chairs, I would search Craigslist for well made chairs and then have them recovered. You'll be much happier in the long run and probably end up spending the same amount - if not less - on as a new chair would be.

  3. I need all new floors. I love mine, but they are original and in a few places if a large person jumped they may fall through to my basement!
    I am sure it is hard to have a bigger house, want changes and have to be patient! It would kill me!

  4. And i 2nd the above comment...get old sturdy chairs from Craigslist and get them recovered!

  5. Yaaaaaaa.........that is a long, long list but as you tick off each item it's going to be a huge sense of accomplishment!!

  6. What are you reselling??? Do tell!

  7. Oh god you sound like me! We're currently redoing our master but as soon as it's finished it'll be something else. I just wish I could snap my fingers and have my house perfect!
    Ally - Life as I know it

  8. I wish I had a house to have a list for! We are still in limbo and not sure where we are going to be in the next year. I'm sure you will get it all done. You guys are such go-getters.