Friday, January 09, 2015

2015 House Goals

Now that 2014 is behind us I am ready to look forward to a new year that will hopefully involve more progress on the house and fewer broken bones.  Here are the major projects for 2015.

Finish the garage so we can work on the actual house - We were close, but then decided that the floor needed more work than we had originally planned so now we have another big task to finish in there.  But we are getting close to finally being done.
Gut and rebuild main floor bathroom - We'll be changing the layout to free up a little more space for the kitchen. The new bath will be a little smaller but much nicer than this mess.
Kitchen addition and full remodel - In addition to stealing space from the bathroom we are also creating a cantilevered addition to give us some much needed kitchen space.  Right now the kitchen is only 8x9, the same size as our bathroom.
Replacing rest of the roof, siding and insulation - We did not replace the roof on the back of the house because of our impending kitchen addition.  Between the roof and our mix of old and new siding the back of the house is really an eyesore.
Install stone veneer and paint house - We left the house wrap exposed on the lower part of the house all winter and the siding is all still primer colored.  The neighbors are starting to wonder if we're going to finish this, or just like the half-done look (They have valid cause for concern.  A house on the next block has been in house-wrap since before we bought our).
Move staircase to basement - We need to remove the wood stove and move the stair case toward the south wall.  This will free up space in the dining room.
Install radiant heating system - Without wood heat we will need a way to keep the house warm.  We plan to install a staple-up radiant system like the one we had in Butte.  As part of this project we will have to bring gas to our electric-only home.

Lay hardwood floors upstairs - We are getting rid of all the carpets and cheap laminate in favor of hardwood floors.  We prefer the look and they are very effective with radiant heating systems.  We would like to do something similar to the maple we put in our Washington house.
In addition to all this I also have to find time this spring to have the screws removed from my ankle.  While it should be a much easier recovery than last summer's surgery, it will still slow me down.  Hopefully not too much though, I've got a lot of work to do.

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