Timing: January 31. Finished mid-February. No too bad :)
2. Insulate the attic.
Timing: January 31. Finished January 19
3. Finish the tear out, insulation and drywalling. I applied for a government grant to assist in updating the energy efficiency of houses, and the deadline is March 31, 2011. You have to have your post-assessment completed by that time, and since it is a common deadline for everyone (as they are ending the program), the assessors are going to be busy, busy, busy. This is complicated by the fact that Dad is going in for surgery in the middle of February (minor hernia, nothing too major, thankfully!)
B. Finish the downstairs tear out, including the bathroom.
C. Erect new walls for the bathroom and laundry areas.
D. Insulate and drywall all exterior walls and ceilings.
Timing: March 31. Slight change here: the assessment will be completed first, then we'll carry on with the rest of the renos.
4. Get the old water heater removed, and the new, on-demand system installed. In addition to being more efficient, the new on-demand systems are INCREDIBLY smaller, and are wall-mounted, and for me, the cost of a new system is worth freeing up that much floor space. The new system will eventually pay for itself as well, saving me $15 a month in rental fees plus the difference in natural gas used.
Timing: March 31 (this is part of the grant as well). Finished Feb.26
5. Fence the yard. The poor dogs have been on tie-outs long enough, and I spent a scandalous amount of money last year getting the yard surveyed so I could get a fence. So, I need to actually get the fence. Of course, it has to wait for the ground to thaw, but I can call around for quotes before then.
A. Figure out where it is going.
B. Get rid of the ugly storage container that is right where the fence will go.
C. Call for quotes.
D. Pick a company.
E. Get the fence installed.
Timing: April 30.
6. The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen. I cannot adequately state how much I despise my current kitchen. There is no room for anything - no room for food, for equipment, for prep work, or for clean-up. It sucks. I've lived with it long enough, and the time has come to replace it! I have already contacted a number of companies, and have decided on which I'll be dealing with (and that is a separate post to come), but there are still things to figure out, of course! And appliances - while my current ones are working and functional, I do want new ones eventually. A new gas stove is first on the list, along with an over-the-stove microwave/fan combination. Also on the list is a dishwasher, and eventually a new fridge, washer and dryer. I'm lucky though, since I live close to an "auction" place that gets a lot of "damaged" appliances (damaged as in "scratch and dent", not non-functioning), that they sell for incredibly reduced prices, and can wait for what I want to come along.
A. Finalize the plan.
B. Tear out the current kitchen and the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
C. Take out the current window, and out in the new one.
D. Finish all drywall, including taping and mudding.
F. Figure out the floor.
G. Get new gas lines installed for the new gas stove.
H. Get the electrical and plumbing done.
I. Research what I want in new appliances, and start going to the auction house on a regular basis.
J. Get the new kitchen installed!!
Timing: September 30.
7. The downstairs bathroom. It will be completely gutted, and all new fixtures installed. I already have the toilet, vanity and mirror, but need to buy a sink and counter top and bathtub. As well as flooring, lighting, and "bling" - the towel rods, etc.
A. Gut the old room.
B. Plumbing, electrical, drywall.
C. Buy counter top and sink.
D. Buy lighting.
E. Buy towel rods, etc..
F. Buy and install the floor.
G. Pick a paint colour, and paint.
H. Buy a tub - I want a soaker tub, so this is going to be a major purchase.
I. Install everything :)
Timing: September 30.
8. The living room, stairway, hallway, and bedrooms. The worst part, for me, is picking out paint colours :)
A. Finish, tape and mud the drywall.
B. Pick out paint colours.
Timing: September 30.
9. The house exterior. I need to get the house re-sided, and new eavestrough.
A. Get quotes. Ugh.
B. Get it done.
Timing: Before winter (is that vague enough?).
10. Odds and sods. All the left-over things, like grout sealing, trim work, touch-up paint, living room and bedroom furniture, switch plates, etc.
Timing: By this time next year!