- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Isn’t it funny that when you first buy your house, everything is perfect and you wouldn’t change anything? (Our house, save for paint colors, was move-in-ready.)
But then, things start to crop up — cosmetic and structural. We’ve already replaced the washer and dryer with a $2,100+ set. Here are the things on our list — in order of short- to long-term:
1. Replace 30″ downdraft slide-in range in the kitchen. It’s likely from the late ’70s and only Jenn-Air makes them (cha-ching!). But it says a lot that the range has lasted as long as it has! Expected cost: $3K.
2. Replace bulkhead doors. The doors now have dog-door flaps, but are covered with plastic covers. We have a spider problem in the finished basement and we attribute it to the dog-door openings, even though they’re covered. Expected cost: $500?
3. Take down 90% of the trees in our backyard, most of which are pines. Because of them, we have a major weed problem. We’d also have the stumps ground. Expected cost: $5K.
4. Repave driveway/walkway. Expected cost: $5-10K.
5. Replace front steps/mailbox post with granite versions. We have brick steps that have moss and weeds, as well as a couple of loose bricks on the side. Expected cost: $1-2K?
6. Kitchen cabinet refacing/new countertops/new fixtures/backsplash: Love our layout, so it wouldn’t be a complete gutting — thank god. Would love to do quartz countertops, an apron-front sink, soft-close cabinet doors in a cherry finish, all fixturing (faucet, pendants over island, and ceiling fan) in oil-rubbed bronze, subway-tiled backsplash, and a new wall color. Expected cost: $40-50K?
7. Knock down wall separating kitchen and living room to make it a partial wall. We’re pretty sure it’s load-bearing, so there would be a pillar for support. It’s really to improve natural light and sight line. Expected cost — not sure!
8. Landscaping overhaul — front and back. Lots of this would be DIY, but some would be contracted. Expected cost — $3K?
9. Vinyl siding. Our house is a mid-century dormered Cape with a two-car attached garage and addition behind the garage, so it’s just under 2,300 sq. ft. I’m in love with the traditional wood shingles, but they are looking worn now and vinyl is practically maintenance-free. Expected cost: $10K?
10. Bathroom remodels. We have two full baths, but they need updating. Some work will be DIY. Expected cost: $5K for both?