The House To-do List

I reorganized the house to-do list  on the first of December. Here’s the progress we have made in the past 4+ months.

The old living room plan soon to be updated.

The old living room plan.

Is this progress????

Is this progress????

Living Room

  • Move living room window
  • Move living room door
  • Patch walls
  • Paint walls
  • Paint fire place and trim
  • Clean floors
  • Clean shades
  • Make curtains or shades
  • Rehang all artwork
  • Clean rug
  • Clean furniture
  • Hang art
The dining room has lots of changes in store.

The dining room has lots of changes in store.

Storage for living room chairs, a new refrigerator, a piano, and dining room furniture.

Storage for living room chairs, a new refrigerator, a piano, and dining room furniture.

Dining Room

  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • ·         Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
The new kitchen need many tasks before it is ready for use.

The new kitchen needs many tasks before it is ready for use.

The kitchen is almost finished.

The kitchen is almost finished.

Kitchen

  • ·         Take down ceiling fan
  • ·         Remove cabinets
  • ·         Remove pantry
  • Move and replace lighting fixture in mud room
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Decide on storage – closet, bench, doors
  • Repair holes in ceiling
  • Paint and move dining room table to kitchen table
  • Make curtains
  • Buy rugs and runners
The new pantry will be drywalled. painted, lit, and fitted with shelving and cabinetry.

The new pantry will be drywalled. painted, lit, and fitted with shelving and cabinetry.

The pantry is currently jammed with all sorts of items until the remaining cabinet is installed in the kitchen.

The pantry is currently jammed with all sorts of items until the remaining cabinet is installed in the kitchen.

Pantry

The conservatory has many details that need to be finished.

The conservatory has many details that need to be finished.

The conservatory in a holding pattern (PaintBox helped).

The conservatory in a holding pattern (PaintBox helped).

Conservatory

  • Paint floor
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Paint closet
Besides roughed-in electric and plumbing the conservatory bathroom needs everything.

Besides roughed-in electric and plumbing the conservatory bathroom needs everything.

The conservatory bathroom is drywalled except for the cement backer board in the shower.

The conservatory bathroom is drywalled except for the cement backer board in the shower.

Conservatory bathroom

  • Choose tile
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink
  • Get shower installed
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

  • Paint risers
  • Paint walls after all construction is finished
  • Stair runner
Looking down the hall from the bathroom to the far bedroom, the doorway on the left will be closed in to become a long wall.

Looking down the hall from the bathroom to the far bedroom, the doorway on the left will be closed in to become a long wall.

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • ·         Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
The master bathroom needs lots of decisions and lots of work.

The master bathroom needs lots of decisions and lots of work.

Master Bathroom

  • Install green board and cement backer
  • Choose tile
  • Choose sink
  • Choose shower
  • Choose vanity
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose placement
  • Design linen closet
  • Buy toilet
  • Have shower installed
Lots of finishing details for the master bedroom.

Lots of finishing details for the master bedroom.

The ceiling is painted.

The ceiling is painted.

Master Bedroom

  • ·         Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors in the master bedroom lead to the second story private deck.

French doors in the master bedroom lead to the second story private deck.

 

The shingling is complete.

The shingling is complete.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

The front porch is coming along.

The front porch is coming along.

Front porch

Front porch

Front entrance

  • ·         Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • ·         Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
The side entrance is changing both inside and out.

The side entrance is changing both inside and out.

The porches are complete.

The porches are complete.

Side entrance

  • ·         Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • ·         Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The stairs are utilitarian for now. Load of details will be added in the near future.

The stairs are utilitarian for now. Load of details will be added in the near future.

The back steps need time to cure before they can be painted.

The back steps need time to cure before they can be painted.

Back entrance

  • Paint railings
  • Stain steps
  • Plant grass
  • Lay stepping stones or temporary deck
  • Door mat
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass

 

The shed is both charming and useful.

The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage in November

The Cottage in November

Glade Cottage

  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • Install kitchen sink
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent
Once shingled both the siding and trim will need to be painted.

Once shingled both the siding and trim will need to be painted.

The outside needs to be painted.

The outside needs to be painted.

Exterior

We’ve actually made lots of progress even though most of the interior of the house is still in upheaval and disarray.

Does identifying your progress help you stay focused?

Prepping the Potager

Charlie took a long morning to prep eight of the sixteen 4′ by 4′ squares we use as a vegetable garden.

The potager viewed from the garden gate.

The potager viewed from the garden gate.

Slowly but surely he has also been organizing and getting rid of the building debris that has built up at the back of the driveway.

We still have a small rubble pile -- 30 tons down to about 5 -- to get rid of on Craigslist.

We still have a small rubble pile — 30 tons down to about 5 — to get rid of on Craigslist.

Much of the salvageable wood has been restacked either behind the Cottage (the small white structure in the next photo) or in the woodpile to the left of it.

Viewed from the second floor master suite terrace, the vegetable garden needs some tender loving care.

Viewed from the second floor master suite terrace, the vegetable garden needs some tender loving care.

Now that the garden squares have been weeded, turned, and enriched with compost Charlie can plant his seeds.

I can't wait to look out the kitchen window and see the garden greening up.

I can’t wait to look out the kitchen window and see the garden greening up.

We'll enjoy the garden in many ways this year.

We’ll enjoy the garden in many ways this year.

We didn’t pre-plant anything this year so he’ll need to buy seedlings.

Are you growing veg?

 

A 43-inch Space

The conservatory bathroom has a 43-inch space allowance for the sink and vanity. I have to keep in mind that there is toe-kick ductwork under the vanity that must be considered.

This is the space.

This is the space.

I’ve already decided that the tile will be a frosted glass subway in the shower and the backsplash. It has a pale tint of green bottle glass when it is installed.

Snow frost glass subway tile is available at the Tile Shop.

Snow frost glass subway tile is available at the Tile Shop.

So I started to hunt for photos of possible vanity styles.

This vanity is $1600 and includes the countertop but not the sink.

This vanity is $1600 and includes the countertop but not the sink.

I haven’t even narrowed down the color but I know the style should be relatively simple.

$975 is only for the cabinet of this vanity which ties into the furniture in the conservatory.

$975 is only for the cabinet of this vanity which ties into the furniture in the conservatory.

I like and undermount or integral sink.  Charlie definitely does not care for a vessel sink.

I love an old piece of furniture repurposed.

I love an old piece of furniture repurposed and maybe painted green.

The countertop would look great in something like Lady Onyx marble or even something simpler. (I’ll visit my granite guy and see if he has an interesting remnant.) I love this rustic wall to wall vanity by Jay Jeffers.

If we could find the right salvaged wood this might be a doable DIY project.

If we could find the right salvaged wood this might be a doable DIY project.

So many choices and then there’s DIY. Check out my Pinterest Bathroom board.

What do you need most in your bathroom after the usual items are installed?

 

 

 

 

Making Choices in the Conservatory

Now that the conservatory is dry walled it’s time to make the “what’s next” list.

The conservatory is starting to look like a real room.

The conservatory is starting to look like a real room.

1.   Mud the walls.

A team if professionals drywalled and mudded our kitchen and made it look easy.

A team if professionals drywalled and mudded our kitchen and made it look easy.

2.  Wipe down and paint the walls.

What's more mundane than washing walls?

What’s more mundane than washing walls?

3. Pick a paint color.  The trim color is the same as the rest if the house: White Mosaic by Ace Paints.

Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore is the frontrunner.

Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore is the frontrunner.

4.  Choose tile for the bathroom floor, shower and backsplash.

Frosted glass tile are bottle glass green.

Frosted glass tile are bottle glass green.

5.  Have the shower pan installed.

The floor both inside the shower and out will be tiled.

The floor both inside the shower and out will be tiled.

6. Choose and install toilet.

We're looking for and ADA toilet.

We’re looking for and ADA toilet.

7.  Choose and install sink and vanity.

We've moved half of the wallboard upstairs.  We'll decide on the final placement of the loveseats when everything is cleaned up.

We’ve moved half of the wallboard upstairs. We’ll decide on the final placement of the loveseats when everything is cleaned up.

8. Choose and install vanity light.

Some color inspiration for the conservatory.

Some color inspiration for the conservatory.

9.  Have the electricians finish installing lights and smoke detector.

Just a little paint shop magicish.

Just a little paint shop magicish.

10.  Make sure everything is on the list.

What’s on your list?

 

 

Working Alone

Honestly, this isn’t a true before-and-after post (even though I used it as a tag) because nothing NOTHING is finished.

The living room before I got started on it all by myself.

The living room before I got started on it all by myself.

I have been trying for weeks to get the floor of the living room clear (notice I didn’t say clean) enough for the drywallers to come back for the last time and finish the job. And that job is filling in the rectangle where there once was a window and trying to patch the cracks in the living ceiling.

Look how far I've come: 2 loveseats and an oak chest, woo-hoo!

Look how far I’ve come: 2 loveseats and an oak chest, woo-hoo!

I know they’ll have no problem infilling the window but the ceiling cracks may never be really resolved. Either way, they’re coming to finish FINISH!

All the drywall in the conservatory is leaning against the wall waiting to be carried upstairs.

All the drywall in the conservatory is leaning against the wall waiting to be carried upstairs.

Charlie and I have been working on the drywall in the conservatory, a DIY job, so we could make enough space for the living room furniture which has been under plastic dust sheets for 6 months or more. The dust sheets were just a joke and everything EVERYTHING is full of dust which I’m not photographing because it’s just too yucky.

I lugged both of these loveseats from the living room into the conservatory.

I lugged both of these loveseats from the living room into the conservatory.

Here’s what a did all on my own.

Their slipcovers are in the wash.

Their slipcovers are in the wash.

No kidding.

Do you get things done when you’re forced to work alone?

The Glade Exterior

I haven’t had a chance recently to take photos around the outside of the house so I took a few early yesterday morning.

The original header for the blog before any construction was started.

The original header for the blog before any construction was started.

The most recent photo from the same viewpoint.

The most recent photo from the same viewpoint.

In addition to plants (for which we’ll probably wait until 2015) the house needs to be painted, both shingles and old wood trim.

The front yard needs some foundations plantings to soften up the edges of the house.

The front yard needs some foundations plantings to soften up the edges of the house.

We must repair, paint, and replace the shutters.

The front and west facades needs shutters on every window.

The front and west facades need shutters on every window.

We also need to think about the driveway and paths around the house.

The current path around the house is corrugated cardboard to try and keep the mud at bay.

The current path around the house is corrugated cardboard to try and keep the mud at bay.

First, however, we must have all the building clutter removed.

In a month or so the house will barely be visible from this vantage point due to the foliage.

In a month or so the house will barely be visible from this vantage point due to the foliage.

I’m sure we’ll have a very productive summer.

Are you in the planning, doing, or tweaking stage of your exterior or yard?

The Architect’s Site Visit

Our architect has been trying to see the progress on our home renovation which she designed for at least a month.

The Glade was redesigned to accommodate 2 additions.

The Glade was redesigned to accommodate 2 additions.

The weather has not been cooperating. It’s been cold and snowy even after spring began.

Early March at The Glade this year.

Early March at The Glade this year.

At last she made it by and I think she really likes what she saw.

Approaching from the street this is the view of The Glade.

Approaching from the street this is the view of The Glade.

She did not pick any of the finishes.  She basically designed the structure including all the little details that make the final building so special.

The architect thought our choices in the kitchen really represented our style.

The architect thought our choices in the kitchen really represented our style.

Some tweaks have been made in the building process due to local codes and our personal preferences. Early in the contractor bidding we were advised to eliminate the conservatory to save money.  I know now that we would never have gone for a second round of excavating and framing to build the conservatory at a later date.

The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

You can see our architect’s other work here.

What’s special about your house that you enjoy?