As I have probably mentioned a thousand times, building a house while you’re living in it is a constant game of reassessing. September/October always seems to be the time that we step back and look at what we really can accomplish in the next year. So I thought I would share with you our process and show you what we are trying to wrap up this year and what we need to put off to next year.
Last September I was all starry-eyed and full of ambition. I look back on my post of our house project plan for 2016 and kind of laugh. I even angled that post from trying to plan things around a raising a toddler. Trying to finish projects with a toddler is harder than I planned for!
Here is what I mapped out for the year. My progress notes are in [CAPS IN BRACKETS].
2016 house goals I set up in September 2015:
- Plan garden [DONE. I PLANNED THE CRAP OUT OF THAT GARDEN. THEN I PLANTED A COUPLE OF THINGS AND THEN NEGLECTED THE GARDEN THE REST OF THE YEAR BECAUSE WE GOT TOO BUSY. HA! IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THIS AGAIN! ACTUALLY, IT MIGHT LOOK WORSE!]
- Install a closet system in the master closet [CLOSET SYSTEM INSTALLED!]
- Complete finish work in master bathroom [DIDN’T TOUCH A THING]
- Design and install cabinetry in laundry room [DESIGNED THE CRAP OUT OF IT, STILL NEED TO GET TO IT. MAYBE 2017.]
- Rent out one side of the Portland duplex [DONE! A FEW MONTHS LATE, BUT NOW WE’RE LANDLORDS!]
- Finish the front deck [FRONT DECK ALLLLLLLLLLLLMOOOOOOOOOOST DONE!]
- Finish siding on the house [NOPE.]
- Paint the house exterior [NOPE.]
- Complete finish work on the fireplace [NOPE.]
- Design and install high cabinets and benches in the mudroom [DESIGNED. THAT’S A POST COMING UP.]
- Plan a few holiday décor projects [I DID MAP OUT SOME HOLIDAY DECOR!]
So that was the big plan. Looking back on it, we really did get a lot done, especially doing all of this with a 2 year old in tow. It just always feels like we don’t get much done. But we are making progress. Actually, a lot of progress!
So finishing out 2016, I still have a few things I want to get done.
A month or so ago I reached out to my interior design mentor, who I now intern for, for help on reigning in my finish work. Rachel Waldron sagely advised me to list and prioritize. My mistake has been just listing my projects, not really prioritizing them.
So here is my end of the year prioritized list. I would LOVE all of the following done before everyone comes over for Thanksgiving.
Prioritized 2016 House Project List:
- Front door – the door we want has a 5-7 week lead time, so it won’t be installed by Thanksgiving, but we will have a decision on it by then. I’m 98% sure we will go with the one in the post.
- Windowsills finished in the staircase round. This is just on the main floor. These have GOT to be done by Thanksgiving. I am so tired of looking at the raw sheetrock.
3. Fireplace – I at least want this designed. It might take awhile for tile to ship and we are thinking about some steel work, which might take longer to coordinate timing with the welder.
4. Mudroom – this is nearly all designed. I will post on this in a week or so. The dining room table stares right at this room, so this is imperative that it’s DONE by Thanksgiving. It might be a bit tricky because we need to install flooring, and the room has a ridiculously high ceiling. It’s going to be a pain to paint. And to install a light. The temporary light below is a utensil canister from IKEA. Ha!
5. And last but not least, we really need baseboards. My goal is to just get them done on the main floor by turkey time. It would so finish the room. We had to special order flexible moulding for the round rooms.
So that’s our new, prioritized list!
How are you doing with your house projects? Do you need help planning and prioritizing? Have you started thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2017?