With the new year already in full swing, it seems like a good time to reflect on the things that we managed – or didn’t manage to – achieve over the last year. As you all know (and have seen plenty of times), things around here don’t always go to plan. Projects get postponed, we change our minds and sometimes things just go wrong. We usually take on way to much in one go, and just can’t seem to control the urge to start multiple projects at once. That said, this year of home improvements has been a fairly successful one.
At the beginning of year, we shared a list of 10 projects we wanted to complete in the house this year. Needless to say, we haven’t completed everything we would have liked, but we haven’t done too bad, either!
#1 Loft Conversion
Nope. Well needless to say, this is probably our biggest fail of the year. We ended up postponing the project twice and because of the wintery weather and the fact that we’ll be getting a completely new roof while doing the loft, we didn’t really want to start this project too late in the year. Believe me, it is cold enough here without being able to see daylight through the ceiling! It’s definitely on the cards for next year though.
#2 Install A Wood Burner or Fireplace in the Dining Room
Done. I can’t tell you how happy we are to be able to tick this box! Our new woodburning stove is fantastic and even better, it really does help heat the whole back of the house!
#3 Replace the Windows in the Hall and Bathroom
Well… This is another project that we haven’t managed to complete – yet. We really would have liked the window to be replaced in conjunction with converting our loft space. It really only made sense as the staircase has to pass through the hallway and bathroom ceiling, so it would have been nice to get these windows changed. Having said that we have just ordered some new windows for the house! They should be installed around February, so we’ll only have to be patient for a few more weeks.
#4 Finish Staircase
Yep! After months and months of stripping, sanding and painting, we finally managed to complete our staircase restoration. We even managed to install some panelling along the side wall, which I think really finishes things off. We’d still like a runner up the stairs and we’ve even chosen the one that we’d like (actually you all did by voting!), but we’ve been advised by the carpet people, that it’s best to install the carpet up both staircases (the one for the loft that isn’t there yet) at the same time. Fitting it at different times would be easy enough, but different batches can have slightly different colours, so yet again we’ll have to be patient for a bit longer.
#5 Rebuild Our Garden Wall
Done! We’re so happy with how our garden wall turned out and are glad that this was one project that we were glad that we didn’t do ourselves. Thanks again to Geoff our builder who did an amazing job!
Tick! Now, I know that some of you were surprised about us DIYing this one, but it was actually really, really easy. I’d go far enough to say that it was probably one of the easiest jobs we’ve tackled in the entire house! Basically all we had to do, was dig a big hole in our front garden, shove some pipe in it and wait for our utility company to connect it. Digging a hole basically saved us around £500!
#7 Install A New Main Bathroom
Not a chance. We’ve not even touched it. We’ve kind of worked out what we’d like it to look like when it is finished, but that’s a far as we are at the moment. Annoyingly it’s a project that we can’t tackle until we’ve finished – or at least started – with our loft conversion.
#8 Sort Bedroom 4
Kind of. We have finally made a start on fixing some of the issues in the room. We’ve had a new radiator installed under the window, had the electrics prepared and all preparations for moving the boiler are complete. We’ve even made a first attempt at sorting the damp issue.
#9 Sort Bedroom 2
Done. Almost. Most of the work in this room is complete. We’ve stripped, skimmed and painted the walls, removed the laminate and sanded the original floorboards, installed a period fireplace, had a new radiator and new electrics installed and have refinished the skirting, too. All in all we’re almost there and the last few little boxes on our list should hopefully be ticked in the first few months of the year.
#10 Garage Roof
Definite Fail. We’ve not only not started this project, we’ve not even started planning it. Actually, we’ve not even thought about it since mentioning it in our list of projects for 2013. Maybe next year!
Did you have a long list of project you wanted to tackle in 2013? If so, how did you get on? Did you manage to tick a few boxes? Or are you one of those people (I’ve heard they exist) who don’t believe in lists?