Monday, May 16, 2011

In the last year we've...

This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of being homeowners! And I'm well aware of the fact that I have not yet shared any pictures of our house yet. But before I share the before and after pictures of the house I wanted to make a list of everything we have done to the house. Most of the things we have done have been just to update the house. The house was completely liveable when we moved in, just needed a lot of updates.

I also need to say that we did all of the work ourselves. John's dad and a friend of his came to help install the floors and our good friend and youth pastor at our church also is an electrician so he helped with some of the electrical things.

I was able to do pretty much all of the things on this list because we did most of it before I got pregnant. So if you are calculating, we've had most of this done since September/October. It's been small and minor things that we've done since.

So here's what we've done:

1. ripped down 2 sets of shutter doors and 2 regular doors
2. removed a half wall
3. painted a double sided fireplace
4. removed the built in gold fireplace screen on the double sided fireplace
5. painted every room of our house (except the bathrooms)
6. painted all the trim around doors and windows
7. repainted many doors
8. removed a storm door from the front door
9. removed the regular front door
10. bought an old door from Habitat Re-Store and refinished it with black paint and new hardware and installed it
11. changed out 8 light fixtures/ceiling fans
12. removed 1 ceiling fan (replaced with nothing)
13. painted built in shelves in the dining room
14. removed ugly curtains/window treatments left by previous owners
15. installed 6 sets of white wood blinds
16. installed an electrical outlet in our laundry room in order to have the freezer in a better spot
17. installed a light switch in the kitchen since it was on the halfwall that was removed
18. installed an under the sink water filter in the kitchen
19. removed 2 "Greek" looking columns between the formal living room and dining room
20. installed electricity in a hall closet to house all of the media components (cable/DVR, DVD player, etc.)
21. mounted a flat screen TV above the fireplace in the family room (which required running a cable/electricity down through the attic)
22. built and installed 2 fireplace mantles
23. repainted all of our closet doors
24. ripped out flooring in the entire house including carpet, laminate wood, laminate tile, vinyl wood and 2 inch thick Mexican tile that was actually laid into the foundation
25. poured concrete into the area that had the Mexican tile to bring it up to the level of the rest of the foundation
25. removed more carpet tacks/striping than we want to remember
26. removed all of the original baseboards in the house
27. installed (glued down) hand scrapped hardwood floors ourselves in our entire house (excluding the bathrooms and laundry room)
28. installed new, tall baseboards in the entire house
29. installed black shutters on the front of the house
30. removed the nasty screens on the front of the house
31. removed 9 gross boxwood plants across the front of the house
32. removed the ground covering around and growing up our beautiful 50+ year old tree in the front yard
33. removed the ground covering around the lamp post inthe front yard
34. installed a programmable thermostat
35. replaced all of the 2 prong outlets in the house with 3 prong outlets and several HDMI outlets for safety
36. replaced all of the light switches and plate covers (were almond, brown and gold all white)
37. removed huge bell in the backyard
38. removed 2 tree stumps in the backyard
39. removed "tree shrine" in the backyard
40. removed plastic white fencing in corner of backyard
41. removed odd paver and gravel area off of the back patio
42. installed outdoor party lights under the patio
43. installed outlet close to the outdoor light by the back patio
44. removed dying plants in the backyard
45. removed carpet from half of the master bathroom and extended the tile that was already there
46. rebuilt both closets in the master bedroom and Hudson's room

And on our To Do List:

1. redo landscaping in the front yard
2. landscaping in the backyard
3. possibly regrading backyard
4. new floors for guest bathroom
5. paint bathrooms

Whew...we've been busy! Stay tuned for pictures starting this week!


  1. Oh my goodness..that is a LOT of work! We should put your 'team' to work on our house! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

  2. Wow, that is a lot of work and awesome that you did it mostly yourselves. And I love a good before and after!

    Just came across your blog and wanted to say hi!

  3. UN.REAL. One Baby H comes you guys can come over to my house. I'll make you a real nice honey-do list. :) And I'll babysit for FREE! HA!


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