Monday, July 11, 2016

Mortgage Monday: Revising The Project List


My wife and I have continuously kept an informal project list of things that we would like to have done at the house. As I have written about before, some things are more pressing than others with the majority of these tasks being things that we want to do rather than things that need to be done. However, in the end, they are all projects that will transform this already wonderful home into a perfect one.  

Of course, we have to work within our budget so some things have been shifted around according to our finances. This has also impacted the overall timeline of the work we would like to get done at the house. That being said, as we have priced out some of the items on our list there have also been things shifted up or down accordingly. Lately, those prices that we have seen have allowed us to move things up in our timeline.

To review, here are the things that we have known for some time and which we had planned to address over the next few years:
  • Installing office door
  • Flooring (hardwood or laminate?)
  • Minor electrical work (fixing existing issues)
  • HVAC overhaul
    • Replacing boiler with hot water tank
    • Installing steel duct work
    • Installing two HVAC units
    • Installing underground tank for gas
  • Side Deck
  • Front Porch
  • Repair / replace retaining wall
  • Tree removal
  • Installing chimney cap
  • Repointing masonry
  • Garage Door replacement
  • Re-grading around the house

That was the basic list that we came up with shortly after we moved in and it remained relatively unchanged for a few months. Over time, we added a few more items:
Interior painting
  • Replacing kitchen and bathroom hardware
  • Replacing appliances starting with the washer and dryer
  • Converting fireplace to gas
  • Expanding bonus room upstairs and finishing

Now, the list has grown to include a few new items and some clarifications on the aforementioned ones as well. With the existing things that we knew from the beginning, previous additions, and a batch of new items, this new roster of projects now consists of the following:
  • Installing French doors to my office
  • Installing hardwood floors throughout
  • Minor electrical work (fixing existing issues)
  • HVAC overhaul
    • Replacing boiler with hot water tank
    • Installing steel duct work
    • Installing two HVAC units
    • Installing underground tank for gas
  • Converting fireplace to gas
  • Install gas or solar generator
  • Installing composite side deck and front porch
  • Repair / replace retaining wall
  • Tree removal around property
  • Installing chimney cap
  • Re-pointing the patio
  • Garage Door replacement
  • Re-grading around the house
  • Interior painting
  • Replacing kitchen and bathroom hardware
  • Replacing appliances starting with the washer and dryer
  • Redirecting dryer vent
  • Replacing refrigerator
  • Expanding bonus room upstairs and finishing
  • Replacing front, side, and patio doors
  • Lighting fixtures in all bedrooms
  • Replacing toilets
  • Resealing basement walls
  • Re-configuring landscaping (removal of flower beds)
  • Replacing / adding outdoor lighting
  • Replacing doors to garage with fire rated doors
  • Replacing gutter guards
  • Replacing blinds
  • Installing new window treatments
  • Replacing windows

What started as a relatively small collection of projects has grown rapidly into a long list of things that we would like to have done to the house. And while there are many more project than before, we are still hoping to get the majority of these things completed by the end of next summer. Some things will be quick while others will take weeks and some are things that we will get done eventually like replacing the windows. So, beginning this summer, things are going to be quite busy around the house but, slowly and while sticking to a specific budget, we will transform our home into one that we have only dreamed about in the past.