September 26, 2023


New Estate

2023 Grasp Record of House Targets

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It’s that point of 12 months once more once I checklist my objectives for the brand new 12 months. I didn’t do such an awesome job on final 12 months’s objectives (don’t fear…I’m not beating myself up over it, and I’m fairly pleased with what I did accomplish final 12 months), so solely time will inform if this 12 months shall be any higher so far as objectives go.

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s publish, I virtually really feel like I may simply copy and paste final 12 months’s objectives into this publish and be accomplished. 😀 However that’s not fairly correct. I did get some issues accomplished final 12 months (you may learn the synopsis of my final 12 months right here), and due to what I achieved final 12 months, I’m now right down to solely two rooms — the house gymnasium and my studio.

Technically, the half lavatory that’s hooked up to the studio is completed, however I do have plans to make some modifications in there, so I made that room inexperienced (in progress) on the ground plan above.

In order that’s fairly thrilling. I’m simply down to 2 rooms. It’s been a really lengthy street to get right here, and I’d love nothing greater than to finish 2023 with all of those rooms fully completed.

Right here’s a extra detailed have a look at what I hope to perform this 12 months:

The House Health club

This room is an absolute mess proper now. It was used as a storage room and workroom all by way of the grasp lavatory rework. And now it’s time to get it cleaned out and completed. I had hoped to have this room cleaned out by now, however the day I had deliberate to get began on that’s the day that Matt and I each began getting sick, and the day that Matt went to the hospital the primary time. And now right here we’re, three weeks later, and the room nonetheless seems like this.

However that’s okay. I’ll begin at this time! And I used to be in a position to make some progress on this room final 12 months, so lots of the tougher tasks are accomplished. Firstly of final 12 months, not one of the home windows or doorways had been trimmed out. Now they’re all trimmed out, however I do nonetheless must sand, caulk, prime and paint the trim.

So right here’s precisely what must be accomplished in right here to complete the room:

  • Set up the remainder of the hardwood flooring within the closet space
  • Set up the remainder of the small trim on the ceiling
  • End putting in the baseboards
  • End paint contact ups on the partitions
  • Set up the ceiling fan
  • Set up the 2 recessed lights within the closet space
  • Sand, caulk, prime, and paint all the trim
    • Window casings
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
    • Small trim round ceiling
  • Set up the froth sq. gymnasium flooring
  • Hold the curtains (sure, I’m hanging curtains in a house gymnasium…as a result of I’m me. 😀 )
  • Construct the Swedish ladder
  • Construct a cupboard and cabinets within the open closet space
  • Paint Matt’s train bike (it’s white, and I’d prefer it to be black)
  • Add mirrors/posters/art work/no matter else a house gymnasium must be a motivational house

And as soon as that room is completed, that simply leaves me with ONE MORE ROOM!

My Studio

Y’all, this needs to be the 12 months that I end this house. It’s been method too lengthy already, and for my very own psychological well being, I want it completed. I’m so able to have a completely purposeful studio house with storage and group and the whole lot as an alternative.

And the way thrilling it will likely be when it’s completed, as a result of that is the final room inside the home!! (Effectively, the final room because it stands now, earlier than we add three extra rooms.)

Right here’s what must occur to ensure that this room to be completed:

  • Set up, caulk, prime, and paint the remainder of the trim
    • Window casings (all put in, however two nonetheless have to be caulked, primed, and painted)
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
  • Construct, prime, and paint cupboards
    • Cupboards within the “workplace” space of the room by my desk
    • The complete wall of cupboards on the entrance (wallpapered) wall
    • Cupboards by the door into the sitting room (i.e., breakfast room)
  • Set up lighting within the storage closet
  • Construct cabinets for the storage closet
  • Make a couple of tweaks to the half lavatory
  • Repaint the partitions within the again entry

I’ll find yourself including issues to that checklist as I’m going. I’ve talked about that I’ll swap out the wallpaper. (Don’t get upset! I haven’t made up my thoughts simply but. This one could keep.) And I would change up the wall coloration in the principle studio space as effectively.

So far as the half bathtub goes, I’m not fairly certain how intensive the modifications shall be in there. I do know that the wall design will go, however I’m undecided what it’ll get replaced with. I do know I wish to preserve it colourful and enjoyable. So relying on what I do with the partitions, the vainness coloration could have to vary as effectively. However that’s a perhaps, and it’s a kind of issues that shall be determined as I make progress. I don’t should make these selections proper now.

So these are the ultimate two inside areas that I’ll be specializing in this 12 months, and people shall be my essential objectives. If nothing else, I wish to finish this 12 months with these two areas fully completed and usable. I don’t wish to preserve having to cover these areas behind closed doorways when company come over.

However I all the time have a couple of extra “second tier” objectives that I take note in case I want a change of tempo to maintain myself , motivated, and transferring ahead. Right here’s what that checklist seems like this 12 months…

The Visitor Bed room

I completed this room some time again, however there are some tweaks I’d like to make in right here if I can discover time to do them.

I discussed some time again (perhaps it was simply on Fb) that I wasn’t too certain in regards to the one function wall. Don’t get me unsuitable. I really like that wall and the design I did on it. However what I haven’t been thrilled with is that the opposite partitions on this room are so blah.

That’s simply not me. So I polled individuals to see what they thought of me extending the wall design to the opposite two partitions. Most individuals thought that will be an excessive amount of. And I do agree {that a} floor-to-ceiling design on all three of these partitions may be an excessive amount of. However I’m additionally not happy with leaving it like it’s.

So what’s my go-to resolution once I need lots of coloration and/or sample on the partitions, however I don’t need it to be too overwhelming? Wainscoting! White wainscoting, to be exact. That’s what I did within the music room and within the grasp lavatory. In order that’s what I’d love to do in right here…plus one different venture…

  • Add wainscoting to the underside half of the partitions
  • Lengthen the floral design to the opposite two partitions
  • Construct a brand new base for the mattress that may accommodate the adjustable mattress

Entrance Porch and Exterior

I’ve some upkeep that must be accomplished on our entrance porch, plus I simply must lastly end the entrance porch. So far as the upkeep goes, I don’t assume I can put it off one other 12 months. If I do, I’ll danger the climate doing an excessive amount of harm to the wooden and having to interchange issues. I’d moderately not let it get to that time.

So right here’s what I’d love to do…

  • End the stone façade on the entrance and aspect of the concrete porch
  • Sand and reseal/stain the porch boards
  • Repaint the entrance door (similar coloration, however it simply wants a refresh)
  • Create a sitting space on the entrance porch
  • Create flower beds across the porch and plant fairly issues
  • Construct steps on the aspect (studio) door
  • Rehang one shutter that got here off throughout excessive winds
  • Construct flower bins and set up


As of this very second, I don’t have a complete lot deliberate for the kitchen this 12 months, however I do wish to make this the 12 months that I lastly eliminate the dishwasher and convert that house in to usable space for storing. I wish to add a kind of Rev-a Shelf pop up cabinets that most individuals use for his or her stand mixers, however mine shall be used for my blender and InstantPot, and perhaps a pair extra issues.

However the kitchen modifications could change into extra intensive if we’re lastly in a position to begin on the addition this 12 months. Proper now, that’s a giant if. Nothing has been nailed down but, however I do plan to place these wheels in movement very quickly and see if we are able to make that occur this 12 months.

If we are able to make that occur, the again wall of cupboards shall be altering. However my plan is not to make a cased opening between the kitchen and the brand new household room. I do assume I’ve landed on an concept that I really like, although. And if I implement that concept, the entire again wall of cupboards within the kitchen shall be altering. I’m not fairly able to share particulars simply but.

All of that to say that proper now, my plans for the kitchen are minimal. However these plans could change relying on what occurs with the addition this 12 months. For now, I wish to…

  • Take away the dishwasher
  • Convert that space into storage


As soon as once more, the carport is being added to my checklist of objectives. And this 12 months, it actually must get accomplished for a similar purpose that I really want to do the upkeep on the entrance porch. The siding on the carport has by no means been painted, and technically, you’re solely supposed to permit primed Hardiboard to stay unpainted for simply so lengthy. I’m undecided how lengthy that period of time really is, however I’m certain that I’m well past that point by now.

I do not know why I didn’t have my contractor’s guys end the carport fully when it was constructed. For some purpose, I believed I’d do all the ending tasks myself, however right here we’re, 4 years later, and it’s nonetheless not completed. It nonetheless wants lights (and probably a ceiling fan) put in, a ceiling put in, trim put in, and it must be painted. Why on the earth did I feel I wished to do these tasks myself?

Plus, now it wants roof restore from when the large department from that massive oak tree (that we had lower down final 12 months) fell on the roof and punch a gap in it.

So I feel it’s time to drop the delusion that I’m going to do these items myself, and rent them out in order that they really get completed. Whoever does the work must…

  • Set up the lights (and possibly a ceiling fan)
  • Set up the ceiling, and caulk, prime and paint the ceiling
  • Set up trim on the columns
  • Paint the outside of the doorways
  • Paint the siding and trim

I feel that’s it. I’m not delusional sufficient to assume that I can get all of this accomplished in 2023, however I do assume I can get the house gymnasium and the studio completed this 12 months. These different objectives are literally gadgets that I’ll deal with like a buffet. If I discover myself needing a while away from the house gymnasium or the studio, I’ll see if I can select an merchandise from the buffet of “second tier” choices simply to maintain myself transferring ahead. And as soon as I’ve had an sufficient break from the principle objectives, I can get proper again to these till they’re completed.

After which with the addition up within the air proper now, it’ll be very attention-grabbing to see simply how this 12 months shakes out in the long run. Meet me again right here in 12 months, and we’ll see how I did. 😀

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