Projects: 2018 DIY Projects List

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I can’t believe we are already halfway through January 2018.  2017 was a big year for Mr. Wright and me in many ways.  The two biggest were we overhauled our 1940’s 2 bedroom/1 bath house and we found out we are having a little girl.  Since we are expecting, we have shifted our focus and put ourselves on a tighter budget for 2018.  See our latest post on the nursery nook design.  With the new budget in place, we are now taking a look at all remaining projects we had planned for our house and determining what we really want to accomplish in 2018 and how we can accomplish it.  Which likely translates to a lot more DIY projects, so 2018 should be a fun year.  Here in the list of projects we would like to tackle in 2018.

1| New Roof

We actually don’t know the age of current roof, but it is old and really needs to be replaced.  When you touch the shingles they just crumble.  In all fairness our roof is tough, despite it’s age, because we haven’t had a single roof leak.  Knock on wood.  Although it doesn’t sound like the most fun project, it made it to the top of the list.  When our siding was replaced we made the decision to remove the gable vents after talking to several experts.   We removed the vents as the original plan was to go with spray foam attic insulation.  After further research, turns out that type of insulation wasn’t going to work.  We instead went with recycled denim insulation.  We are very happy with the unexpected change, but since we has already removed our gable vents, we now have no attic ventilation.  Therefore, when the new roof goes in, so will the new attic ventilation.  We will likely leave this project to the experts, probably not the best idea to be climbing on the roof when I am 7 months pregnant.

2| New Driveway

Unfortunately, this project just recently made it to the to do list.  The City started construction on our street drainage about a year ago and tore up the end of our driveway along with several of our neighbors.  They did replace it and even upgraded it by adding a culvert at the request of Mr. Wright.  It was a mini celebration that was short-lived because we realized what that meant for the rest of our driveway.  The city poured the new driveway section and we realized there was a 2 foot drop off from the new section to the old rending our driveway unusable.  As a temporary solution, the city created a dirt incline between the two sections allowing us to drive on it while we derive a more permanent solution.  There might be parts of this project that make it onto the DIY projects list and parts we decide are better left for the experts.  Who knows maybe we just get crazy and decide to do it all ourselves.  Here are a few inspiration photos.

DIY Projects
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DIY Projects
Via Gardenista

3| Back Patio

We love having an outdoor space, so our house plans include the details for our ideal back patio.  However, the ideal back patio is not in the stars/budget for 2018.  With that said, we really want to start the back patio this year and are considering temporary options that will eventually get replaced, but fit into the budget.  This project will likely make it onto the DIY projects list.

4| Landscaping/Garden

During all the 2017 house renovations we had crews stomping all over our landscaping correcting the foundation, replacing the electrical, upgrading the plumbing, as well as replacing windows, doors, and siding.  There wasn’t any landscaping that we were really trying to preserve and decided we would just see what survived.  Overall, the grass took a beating, so we will be working to bring life back to our grass.  There is also a large space behind our garage that gets many hours of sunlight, so we are planning on installing a few raised beds to create a kitchen garden.  Looking forward to having access to fresh flowers, veggies, and herbs.  These projects are definitely on the DIY projects list.  Here are a few inspiration photos from Velvet & Linen.  I love how she describes her garden style “organized chaos.”

DIY Projects
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DIY Projects
Via Velvet & Linen

5| Laundry Cabinet

Currently, our washer and dryer reside in the garage, which is painful during the summer heat.  As a part of the 2017 electrical and plumbing upgrade, we had them add washer and dryer hook ups inside the house.  We decided not to add a separate room to house the washer and dryer instead we opted to build a cabinet.  This design decision was made solely to save space and keep more square footage usable as our house is only 1,200 square feet.  Here is my favorite photos that provided us inspiration and solidified our design to go with a cabinet and not a separate room.

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Via Better Homes & Gardens

7| Kitchen

As I write this post, our kitchen countertops are getting installed.  We have been operating with plywood countertops since Thanksgiving.  I am not complaining though because it has allowed for an operable kitchen.  With the countertops installed, the kitchen is approximately 85% complete.  We still have to complete the finishing work, which includes the backsplash, open shelves, range hood, cabinet hardware and window treatments.  I already know what I want the directions I want to go, just need to make my final choices.  The kitchen project will be all DIY projects.  I will be posting shortly about the final design choices for the kitchen as well and progress updates.  Follow us on Instagram for progress updates in between blogs posts.

8| Nursery

Last but definitely not least, the nursery nook.  If you missed it, check out the nursery design.  I can’t wait to get everything installed and even more excited about our little girls arrival.Nursery Nook Mood Board

As you can see the project list is quite large.  I wish our budget was that large.  Unfortunately, to accomplish all the projects we are going to have to be creative and get our hands dirty.  2018 is going to be fun can’t wait to see how it all shakes out.

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