Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens
I was just wondering what home projects you are currently doing or having done? I thoguht it would be fun to keep eachother posted on what work we are having done on our homes and hopefully get some advice/feedback in the process!
Things we are doing/did ourselves…thus far:
- Removed Popcorn ceilings
- Began re-painting the ceilings–we are debating if we should hire someone to do the walls for us . We will be getting quotes today and if they are outrageous as I’m sure they will be …we will be having yet another project for next weekend.
- Installing the blinds/shutters
Things we are paying to have done and currently being worked on:
- Fireplace re-done
- Laminate floors replaced
- Tile laid in the kitchen
- French Doors installed
I’ll keep you posted on upcomming projects as they arise, and I hope you do the same!
Post # 3
We’re getting fence estimates this week but prepping the yard for install ourselves. So if anyone has tips for what to ask the fencing guys or how to tell if a hydrangea bush is alive or not I am all ears 😉
Having paid someone else to paint I don’t think I’ll ever paint myself again. They do it so quickly and neatly.
Post # 4
We are doing SO MANY home projects… luckily FI is a contractor so we are doing all the work ourselves!
We have done:
- Put up a wall between dining room and living room
- Tore out tile in dining room/carpet in living room and put down hardwood floor
- Rocked in around the woodburning stove and added built in entertainment center below mounted TV
- Entire kitchen appliance remodel: put in stainless GE dishwasher, fridge, double oven, range, microwave, and wine fridge
Currently working on:
- Tore out the downstairs bonus room (house is one story but had a downstairs room added to it) and are remodeling into a bar room
- Refinishing deck (almost done!!)
- Fencing in yard (about halfway done)
- …and I don’t know if it counts but I’m restoring some craigslist furniture for the guest room
And then the upcoming projects:
- Replace Pergo in kitchen with tile
- Redo pantry! Currently have open shelving but we want to put closed cabinets
- Carpet in bedroom needs to go
- The ENTIRE outside needs landscaping…
FI likes to start a log of projects at once, lol. I don’t know about you but I feel like the ‘to do’ list is never ending…
Post # 5
@LGenz: I hate painting!! We painted our entire inside of the house and I refuse to do it again. It’s such a pain. SO worth the money to pay someone else to do it.
Post # 6
@BreezyBride24: My FI is in the trades, so he does all the work himself. So far, he has done our office, bedroom, and spare room (this involved painting, flooring, and decor). The spare room depresses me because it is painted light blue for a baby room, and then we had a MC 🙁 I want him to re-do it again! lol He is working on the kitchen and our ensuite. Eventually we will also replace the flooring downstairs.
For outside, he has completely re-done the front and back yards. It will need a refresh after winter, but the foundation is there 🙂
Post # 7
We havent moved in yet but i think the first thing we will do is put up a fence
Post # 8
FH and I have done everything in the house ourselves for the most part. He had renters in here who absolutely DESTROYED the place. It took forever to get the place back to being livable. We painted every wall and ceiling, painted the kitchen and bathroom cabinets with Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. Oh, we did get new carpet installed and had that done by a pro, but FH has installed carpet before. He installed the storm door, and the sliding basement door himself. Next will be installing a new slider off the kitchen and new double window in the LR.
He is currently finishing the basement and doing it all himself. All the electrical, framing, floors (carpet nad tile) will be done by him. He impresses me with how much he can do! His mom’s BF has a drywall business so he will be doing the drywall for us. FH refuses to pay someone else for things he knows he can do, even if he has to study up on it before he tries it!
Post # 9
@BreezyBride24: what was your quote for the french doors? are you replacing a sliding door?
Post # 10
We have a TINY place in NYC so you wouldn’t think there would be so much to do but so far…
* painted kitchen, bath, livingroom, bedroom, office
* hung a “mantle” over the TV
* Ripped out and replaced a wall in the bath
* Refinished the tub
We are currently
*putting in built in bookcases in the living room
* building a long desk for the office
I can’t wait to get the bookcase done, the place is a madhouse with books hidden everywhere.
Post # 11
@BreezyBride24: If you get work done, pay the extra money and join Angie’s List. Seriously best money we ever spent!
Post # 12
This summer, we’re going to pay someone to paint our finished basement and our deck.
I’m going to work on sewing curtains/valances for our windows on my own time (all the windows already have blinds).
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens
@LGenz: Hmm great info! One point for hiring someone to do it, we were kinda leaning that way anyways… but we wnated to have it done before our floors are installed. But if they are super clean it wont matter one bit!
@iadornyou: Wow! You guys have done A LOT! In what time frame did you do all that work? And I’m with you on the never ending to do list…
@iadornyou: Yet another point for hiring someone
@amazingbee: Yes, we are replacing a sliding door! And it was $350 for the door, $30 for the door knob/handle and $200 to install!
@BCPDmrs: Was the cabinet transformation relatively easy? What was the prepwork like? Ha…FH refuses to pay someone else for things he knows he can do, even if he has to study up on it before he tries it! That made me kaugh out loud!
@BoxerLady: I wish I had a real life Handyman in my life… but my hunny is an imitation ! He knows a little bit about a lot of things, but doesn’t feel comfortable actually doing it (because he is a major perfectionist). We’ll see what else I can get him to try 🙂
Post # 14
Over the weekend we relocated a hanging light fixture from our kitchen to the dining room. The fixture was getting in the way in the kitchen, and the dining room fixture was super ugly, soooo we got to kill 2 birds. We bought a nice flush-mount light for the kitchen which works much better. We’ve also been filling in some holes and marks on the drywall. The original owners really loved using drywall anchors and we probably removed and patched over 30 of them throughout the house. Painting still needs to be done, but I already love the way the patching looks.
Next weekend we may start expanding our concrete patio. Our current patio is tiny compared to the rest of the yard and we want to pour a new section of it. First, we’ll need to dig out the new section and lay down a base of sand or gravel. Concrete will probably happen later in the month, but we’re definitely paying for a mixer truck for that part.
Post # 16
I come from a construction background. In our family we have 7 contractors including my husband (owner of a residential construction company), my dad (owner of a commercial construction company), my brother, and 4 uncles all of whom have worked in construction for numerous years. We do most repair/remodel projects ourselves:
Guest house (in my parents’ back yard, my dad, brother and I spent a few weeks renovating it before I moved in several years ago) – built a walk-in closet; installed solid hard-wood floors; intalled new bathroom sink, cabinet, toilet, and mirror; painted walls, doors, and trim; installed new laminate flooring in the kitchen.
My parents’ house – we tore down half of the house in 1998 and rebuilt it from the foundation up. Seriously, I would get home from school and help my dad hang drywall, pull electric wires (with a licensed electrician’s help, of course), sort marble tiles for the kitchen and dining room, texture and paint walls, install cabinets, appliances, light fixtures, install hardwood floors, etc. The only thing I didn’t do was the roof and the exterior plaster (stucco).
Our house – (it’s a rental so we’re not putting a lot of money into it); painted the 2 kids’ rooms; re-landscaped the front and back yards; painted the wood trim on the front porch. Upcoming projects: rebuild the deck next to the jacuzzi, rebuild the wood support post for the front porch; reconfigure our master closet; replace the side door to the garage and add a doggy-door.
Also on our to-do list is the patio and yard at my in-laws’ beach house. It’s uneven, has a poor layout, and needs to be razed so we can start from scratch. We’re going to work on it very soon so it will be ready for the summer.