I initiated this goal when I learned I was pregnant to track our progress and wrap up major projects before we have a little one. The last thing I want is major construction while we are adjusting to a new baby. I’ve set a deadline of 3 weeks before my due date because at 29 weeks I am starting to having trouble bending (weeding, getting down to clean floors etc) and working on ladders. By 36 weeks or so any type of home improvement besides hanging pictures is probably out if not because I can’t because hubby will likely freak out.
First the +’s
The den/ baby’s room is nearly done: repaired, painted, sealed/ weatherized and reorganized. We still need to:
final coat of paint on the ceiling.
trim & hang a door which is about 1 hour job.
paint window frames—4 hours over two days
have the curtains hemmed by a tailor
put together the crib
DH is nearly done restoring and painting all of the exterior windows 16 total 2 to go. In the mean time he is refinishing the garage door so the exterior of the house will be “done” by our due date.
We just and I mean today had the contractor start a fairly significant project in our kitchen of tearing out our washer, replacing a wall and moving the plumbing to the garage. Given our decision to go with cloth diapers this is a priority. I hope this will be done within two weeks as predicted.
The guest house is not livable and needs major renovations: new windows--on order, roof repairs, bathroom fan, a fresh coat of paint throughout, kitchenette upgrade (possibly) and exterior wall repairs before we can rent it again. The income from the rental is nice, but not something we rely on, so if this doesn't happen for 6 months, I can live with it. Still this is an intimidating project that has grown considerably.
As you can seen the den is something I can wrap up in a weekend, but the kitchen/ washer raises major concerns, especially if there is water damage once we open the wall.
Two months and counting—wish us luck!