Sarah’s House: Punch List

I posted a punch list for my old house, Bungalow 404. Now that I’ve moved, its time to create a new list.

This one is significantly longer and a LOT more intimidating. All totaled this list contains well over $200,000 in repairs and modifications. No matter, we’ll just take it one step at a time, right?

Disclaimer: I realize this might be boring for some, but I’ve got to do it because TEOT serves as a design journal and record that is personal to Betsy and I.

If the task has been marked through,you can click most of the tasks to see the post about the completion. Some tasks are a bit mundane so they didn’t get a dedicated post.

OK so let’s jump in,

General Fix-ups/Minor Renovation:

  • Remove carpet in den, downstairs hall, master bedroom, DC’s room, guest room, upstairs hall
  • Install shoe molding in den, master bedroom, downstairs hall
  • Install two sets of new french doors
  • Install new thresholds at new french doors
  • Seal living room chimney, den chimney
  • Paint pink closet in master bath
  • Install shades & 2nd set of curtains in master bedroom
  • New window treatments living room, dining room, DC’s room, Laney’s room
  • Hang curtains over new french doors
  • Remove old pelmet boxes living room, DC’s roomLaney’s room
  • Remove all old vinyl roller shades
  • Purchase and install new dishwasher
  • Install new front door
  • Put closet doors back on, master bedroom
  • Have new windows installed in kitchen and master bath
  • Install new hardware, kitchen door
  • Remove interior shutters from kitchen windows
  • Remove doors to downstairs hall, kitchen, den
  • Install new ceiling fans in master bedroom & office
  • Paint master bedroom
  • Paint DC’s room
  • Paint office
  • Paint upstairs room
  • Paint downstairs hall
  • Paint dining room
  • Paint living room
  • Paint nursery (Laney’s room)
  • Remove wallpaper in kitchen
  • Paint kitchen
  • Install new lights on entrance columns
  • Install new lights at exterior front entry
  • Install new ceiling fixture, downstairs hall
  • Install threshold at master bath door
  • Prune and cleanup entire property (this is a whole season worth of work!)
  • Create a cleared area in the side yard for an outdoor play set
  • Plant loads of perennials and shrubs
  • Plant edible garden near brick wall
  • Organize garden shed x 2
  • Remove screen door on kitchen
  • Buy new fridge (when 1988 Sub Zero croaks)
  • Replace mini-ceiling fan in stairwell with chandelier
  • **Emergency**purchase new dryer
  • **Emergency** – stop basement leaks
  • Get electrician to wire for TV in living room
  • Get electrician to modernize outlets in living room
  • Get electrician to install sconces, living room
  • Add downstairs half bath
  • Install new efficient toilet in upstairs bath
  • Add perimeter motion lighting on carport
  • Install new gutters with guards

Immediate furnishing needs:

  • Get window seat cushions reupholstered in master bedroom
  • two upholstered chairs
  • coffee table
  • accent table for master bedroom
  • accent table for living room
  • upholstered bed
  • tall dresser, highboy?
  • 2 matching three-drawer dressers
  • sideboard, dining room
  • 2 armchairs
  • 1 three-drawer dresser for DC’s room
  • 9×12 rug for living room
  • custom bound rug for DC’s room
  • a desk for office
  • upholstered office desk chair
  • long credenza, sideboard for new TV
  • reupholster sofa

Long range plan (based on staying in this house 10+years):

  • Remodel both upstairs and master bath, most likely simultaneously
  • Install geothermal heating system
  • Remove vinyl siding and install cedar shakes
  • Rearrange right wing of lower level into master suite with larger bath, walk in closet and smaller study
  • Rebuild drawers and doors on dormer built-ins upstairs
  • Convert carport in to a garage
  • Remove main chimney
  • Remove all aluminum chain link fencing and replace with black coated fencing in the wooded areas
  • Refinish all original flooring
  • Remodel left wing of lower level to add a butler’s pantry that can accommodate laundry
  • Replacement of load bearing beams in basement
  • Apply blue stone to brick patios
  • Build roof over rear patio
  • remodel kitchen

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