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Starting year two - review of goals

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Wow.. has it really been a year? One year ago today we closed on the house. Shortly thereafter I setup my five to seven year plan

Annual things to do:
- Schedule termite inspection
- Replace batteries in smoke/fire alarms
- Check/clean out gutters

Here's our progress so far:

1. Bathroom remodel
- remove flooring
- reset toilet with new wax seal April 2006
- replace galvanized pipes
- replace tile in tub Dec 2006. Re-grouted and re-caulked. Looks ok now.
- remove backside of bedroom closet & convert into linen closet
- move vanity/sink to other side of room
- (opt)replace and resize window (12x60 transom)
-Replace toilet paper holder Nov. 2006

2. Northeast bedroom remodel
- Refinish floor Feb. 2006
- Paint March 2006
- Fix electrical/phone
- Fix mold problemFeb. 2006
- Replace east window
- Add new closets

3. Garage
- Fix garage leak May 2006
- Paint
- Re-roof

4. Add workshop to back yard

5. Kitchen remodel
- Move water heater onto back porch or into lost-space in ex-closet
- remove back-side of bedroom closet.
- Widen kitchen/dining room door (add light switches to left of entry)
- Add light over sink
- remove walls between kitchen/laundry area
- replace back door with a door that lets in more light
- Add drain under washer, recess water faucets, add fuse for dryer, down box for dryer
- move current exhaust fan switch into laundry area (move exhaust opening into laundry area)
- wrap kitchen counter around from stove-side into laundry area
- Add kitchen-style sink in laundry area
- update kitchen/laundry cabinets
- Add hood over oven
- Add dishwasher next to current sink
- Add under-cabinet lights and electrical outlets

6. Backyard
- Add taller fence around yard
- enclose dog run (1/2 covered)
- Add doggy-door from living room
- remove concrete slab from back yard
- Run sprinklers to the back yard
- Add nice patio in place of icky concrete slab

7. Remedy house moisture problems
- Vent dryer to house exterior May 2006
- Add exhaust fan/light combo over shower Feb. 2006
- Regrade around house to get water to drain away(esp. west side)
- Add gutter to back of the house
- Add on-site drain system to move gutter water away from crawlspace
- Condition Crawl space (?)
- Insulate exterior walls of crawlspace
- Add black 6-mil polyethylene (plastic sheeting) vapor barrier to crawlspace
- Add exhaust fan
- Add grills to living space to push warmed air into crawlspace

8. Replace/repair siding

9. Front fascade
- Replace front door with a door I can see out of June 2006
- Fix front porch(Replace tile with redwood, add hand rail to stairs, replace steps)
- Add Bougainvilla next to dining room window (balance out front) May 2006
- Remove front fence Oct. 2006
- Eliminate pathetic trees
- Eliminate pathetic bushes
- Plant tree

10. Living room/dining room
- Add sealed-combustion direct-vent fireplace to livingroom
- Trim doors/windows to resemble bungalow
- Add plate rail around dining room
- Update dining room light May 2006
- Replace Humphrey the cranky furnace
- Replace windows

11. Northwest bedroom
- remove carpet April 2006
- refinish hardwood floor
- Paint

12. Insulate
- Add blow-in insulation into exterior walls.
- Add insulation to attic

13. Electrical
- Replace all wiring in house

14. Plumbing
- Replace all galvanized piping in house



Sounds like a lot of work and it looks like you are moving along at a good clip. Congratulations and happy anniversary.

BTW, I've read that people should change batteries in smoke/fire alarms 2 times a year. My favorite idea was to change it every time your clock needs to spring forward or fall back. It's the easiest way for me to remember...

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