Friday, May 30, 2008

Lots of work and renovations coming up in the 'ol Cashin abode...

Big D and I have big plans for our little house. While I love my cute cape, the size of it is often a tribulation for me. I'm always looking for ways to utilize the (lack of) storage space that we have and make the house altogether more "live-able". I don't like clutter and mess and it drives me insane...yet anyone who has/does lives in a little know that it's almost inevitable!

Project #1 (not necessarily in the order we are doing them): The Kitchen Renovation
We bought a new fridge this past weekend, as Daryl has mentioned in his blog, and while it's been hell with both getting it in the house and then finding out it didn't' work, we are set to have the broken one picked up tomorrow morning and hte new one delivered in it's place. YAY! I'm very excited to have a fridge that not only runs more efficiently but also doesn't freeze food in the refrigerator and let ice cream thaw out in the freezer. Sweet! This weekend we are also going over to D's Uncle Rob's house to pick out and order our new cabinets. If you all recall from a past post, our kitchen needs some serious help. We are going to be replacing all of the cabinets (as well as adding in more cabinets) AND replacing the counter top. Right now we have one slab, against one wall, of counters and a pretty large sink is stuck almost smack-dab in the middle. This equates to no counter top space. Prepping and cooking is a bitch. We either have to lean on the stove top or over the kitchen table to prep food. So we have decided to create a nice L-shaped counter area and put the sink in the corner of the L, coincidentally under the window making me happy that I can stare outside while washing dishes instead of staring at an uneven cabinet. The cabinets we have now are also too low so Uncle Rob will be raising them up...yay! We'll actually be able to fit normal appliances under them, like coffee pots and blenders, instead of having to shove them somewhere else! And cabinet space will multiply thus ending the need to shove extra mixing bowls etc. on a shelf in the basement (great place for them, right?). Uncle Rob will also be installing the used dishwasher he gave us underneath the counter top (where the old sink would have been) thus saving Big D and I from the dreaded argument of "Who is washing the dishes tonight?" Ugh.

Finally, we will be pulling up the horrendously ugly and dirty linoleum flooring and replacing it with either tiles or a pretty floating laminate (i.e. FAKE WOOD) floor like we have done upstairs in the future "Man-Room". And last but not least I will finish tearing down the rest of the dreadful wallpaper (and old wood paneling buried beneath that and paint) and repainting the walls a nice pretty neutral color. I'm thinking of going with a nice mocha latte color. Big D really wants to do wainscoting on the walls but already I am pinching our pennies, in my head, on this project and not sure I'm willing for us to shell out more. (even though Uncle Rob is going to be reno'ing our kitchen for a song and a pays to have handy family members who own their own kitchen renovation businesses!). Also last but not least, I want to buy a smaller kitchen table (one with a leaf) so that our kitchen is not being monopolized by the behemoth that is TABLE (like it currently is).

Project #2: Finishing the Man-Room Upstairs
While this particular project wouldn't normally be at the top of my list, it needs to be done first before the bedroom project (see below) can be started. The flooring is almost done in 3/4 of the upstairs so once it's complete, we can start moving "stuff" up there (i.e. our computer desk, my bookshelf, all my crafting and scrap booking supplies which currently have no home), Daryl's hunting stuff, etc. The upstairs in our house is was formerly an attic (we live in a cape) that was "finished". I use that term loosely as there is no heat up there, just vents in the floor that let the downstairs heat up. Big D (who replaced the old archaic heating system that I had in when I bought the house with a pretty killer, way more efficient vent system) will be running heating vents upstairs as well. So there is the bigger room...then a small hallway...then a teeny tiny room that is currently the cat kitty litter room. I would like to keep the little room as this, becuz it's great not to have to have visible cat litter boxes around when company is over. We recently painted the upstairs but I admit, it's not a very manly color came out way more purple-y then intended. Down the road, if Big D wanted to change the paint color, I wouldn't disagree.

Project #3: Switching the two Bedrooms
We have two small bedrooms in our house. Our bedroom is currently the room facing the back of the house. The room facing the front we use as a computer/dog room. Big D and I would like to switch that, in anticipation of a future child. First and foremost, there is absolutely no space in our current bedroom for a bassinet...with a tall dresser, a mirror dresser, a night stand and a queen sized bed in there...there is just enough room to walk around the 3 sides of the bed. That's it. While I can't say for certain that the computer room is bigger, it is a slightly different shape. More rectangular than square. I think this will be much more beneficial to fitting in a bassinet. (and before you mom's out there tell me I won't need a bassinet, I am a freak.I know I won't want my baby far from me in the beginning so even if I don't end up using one, I still want to have the option if needed.).

Also, living in the "ghetto", especially in the summertime, is very very loud. With or without windows open, you hear the constant thump-thump-thump of the nearby gangta music (which as you all know I normally wouldn't mind, me being a closet-rapper and all, but half of it is not in English. Eh.) as they speed-way up the racetrack that is my street. It would not be a normal day in the ghetto if you didn't hear loud voices, shouting, your neighbors conversations (yes, our houses are that close together), or the neighborhood children who use our street as their personal 4-wheeling trail. Gotta love it. Anyway, I would much prefer our future child to have the back bedroom which is less noisy, and further away from the street so I don't have to worry about anyone breaking in. (My house was broken into once before...thankfully it was while no one was home! But there is always the chance....). So in order to move, we need to completely empty out the front computer room, sand down the lumpy, bumpy walls, repaint and add some crown molding and then finally move our furniture over. The back bedroom will continue to be the dog bedroom (where we keep their cages) until it is needed as anything else. :-)

Project #4: The Driveway
My driveway is big enough to fit two vehicles one behind the other, and that's IF the first vehicle is pulled all the way in almost touching the vinyl siding. Becuz of this, we use a portion of the yard as a parking spot. It's not pretty. Big D is itching to get some paving quotes so that we can widen our driveway and be able to fit cars side-by-side. And possibly even fit THREE or FOUR vehicles in when we have company. WOO HOO!

Project #5: The Backyard Fence
The fence shared by us and our neighbors on the left hand side currently looks like a dilapidated piece of crap right now that is practically falling into our property. If not for Daryl hammering in some extra nails and a piece of plywood, it would be leaning in at a forty five degree angle. VERY ghetto. We are going to ask our neighbor to go in on it, to replace it. Fingers crossed they agree since technically it is their fence as well.

There is so much more that we want to do but I'm just sticking with listing the major changes, right now. I'm tired just rereading through it! But I know it will all get done. We are determined!!


Stephanie said...

Whew! That's a lot of renovations! We've actually got someone coming to the house this Sunday to talk about remodeling our formal living into an official study. Fun times! Hopefully we'll both be able to put up some great finished pictures soon!

Krystyn said...

WOW! You are super-duper busy! I can totally relate to the "ghetto" living. Our last house was like that!

You'll get it all done! Just remember, baby steps.

Kel said...

You are definitely going to be busy...try not to worry though, I've learned (since owning my own home) that there will always be some type of project and by the time you get to the end of the list, it is time to make a new one. Oh well!

jules said...

Whoa!! When you done with your kitchen, wanna come help me with mine. WAIT, till I send pics of my future kitchen-YUCKO! I don't even know if I can paint them?!?

Get the bassinet, I had one for Em until she was too long for it, it was nice having her RIGHT next to me, especially for nursing. People told me not to get one, but I did-all kids are different. I would have kept her in longer if she wasn't so long.

(chele bought it for me :) )

PS I wanna come to the baby shower-LOVE shopping for babies!!!!

Poltzie said...

We are always doing renos and our house is a fair size (1500sq feet with a 800sq foot undeveloped basement) and only 8 years old. It feels like the projects never end but it's so nice when something is finally finished!
And about the bassinet, Chicken is 5 weeks and he still sleeps in his. When they are that little they wake up lots and it's nice to be able to just pop in a soother or pull them into bed to nurse in the middle of the night. Good thinking!
ps. I was kind of sad that the wedding stuff was over for you but now I just realized that I can look forward to you being preggo :)

Kori said...

Ok so when D gets through he's definetly coming to my house. Right? Ok a girl can dream. Richard used to could do all that stuff but not so much anymore. He gets to tired. I can't wait to see all the pics of the ongoing and finished projects.

Heather said...

good luck with the list. i hope you guys have more time than my hubby has. i am still waiting on so much to be done.

Melissa said...

Wow, that's quite the list. Should I be bad and tell you just about the time you manage to get the house finished you will end up moving? Just wanted to give you fair warning....;)

OHmommy said...

We had "fake wood" in our older house and really liked it. So easy to clean and take care of... and it looks good! said...

holy moley! That's a ton of work. Sounds oh so familiar right now. We are still in the stage of trying to furnitish(?) our house, but boy do we have big plans too! Happy nesting! Oh and thank you thank you thank you so much for putting me on your blog roll!!!

Robyn said...

you had me at new cabinets. sigh

Rhea said...

Good luck with all the house work/rennovation plans!!

Kitchen Renovation New York said...

good luck with your kitchen renovation project.. I hope you'll get a good result with this project :)