Want to know what we’ve done to the house since we bought it in April 2014? Of course, the renovation didn’t really start until June (or was it July?). I did what I could myself—mostly painting and refinishing cabinet pieces— and hired professionals to do what I couldn’t…
Here’s a list, more or less in chronological order:
- Repaired plumbing leaks and installed new water heater
- Replaced the roof—on the house and detached garage
- Rebuilt the chimney
- Repaved the driveway
- Installed rain gutters
- Cleaned up the overgrown landscaping
- Repainted all of the interior spaces—walls and trim. Those that weren’t part of the remodel, I repainted myself. My friend, Linda helped with a lot of the downstairs (interior) windows.
- Gutted the kitchen; tore down a portion of one wall to expand the kitchen into the old utility room, installed all new drywall, insulation, cabinets, appliances, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and plumbing fixtures, paint, etc.
- Sub-divided the “5th” bedroom into a new laundry room, half bath and storage closet: new walls, insulation, drywall, texture, paint, electrical, plumbing and electrical and plumbing fixtures; re-purposed cabinets and (new) countertop.
- Relocated the door to the “5th” bedroom to accommodate the laundry room cabinets (repurposed from the old kitchen and utility room)
- Added new french door to laundry room entrance
- Replaced two exterior doors: the kitchen door to the driveway and the door to the back yard.
- Reused interior doors for half bath and storage closet.
- Refurbished and reused existing glass door knobs
- Replaced the flooring in the kitchen with new oak to match existing floors
- Removed the oversized tile fireplace hearth to reveal the original tile hearth (still needs re-grouting)
- Installed gas log insert in fireplace
- Refinished the hardwood floors (main floor)
- Gutted the main floor (master) bathroom; borrowed some space from the new “laundry room” to accommodate the new shower. Installed insulation, drywall, and beadboard wainscoting, paint; New electrical, lighting, fan, plumbing and fixtures, medicine cabinets, marble tile floor, ceramic subway tile in shower with marble tile shower floor and ledges.
- Installed in-floor radiant heat (electric) in master bath
- Repurposed a 1930s sideboard and converted it into a double vanity with custom marble top.
- Refurbished a 1907 clawfoot tub for master bath (still needs interior re-glazing).
- Repurposed a 1930s china cabinet to serve as bathroom storage.
- Restored all of the original windows—inside and out—scraping, sanding, priming, filling cracked wood, reglazing window panes where needed, painting (
painting window exteriors is still in progresscompleted as of 10/15/15!), and caulking.
- Replaced missing shingles on exterior and painted to match
- Added new electrical circuits upstairs and in basement, in addition to new electrical in remodeled areas.
- Replaced air conditioning unit
- Painted all of the upstairs rooms—walls, (most) ceilings, trim and windows, except for the bathroom which was repainted in 2011 (I found the can of leftover paint with the date).
- Stripped old (ugly) carpet off (which had been glued down!) and re-carpeted stairs
- Installed a garage door opener, perhaps the best spent $<300!
Whew, that’s quite a list! I’m not telling you what it all cost! But the single biggest ticket item, other than the contractor, was the roof at almost $14,000.
The three biggest things I did myself were:
- Order and/or purchase all of the plumbing and electrical fixtures, appliances, cabinets, tile, etc.,
- Choose paint colors and purchase paint, and
- Supervise the work to make sure it was being done the way I wanted it.
I also drew up the plans and submitted them to the Building Department for permits.
Making decisions is a big component of a remodel. Luckily, I’m pretty good at that. 😉