…just that title alone. I mean, are we all sobbing softly/asleep yet?
So yes, of course, I have big-ish plans for my home. Kitchen dreams, bathroom fantasies, landscaping wishes. Just yesterday, I ordered some wallpaper samples for the stairway and some sink hardware for our downstairs powder room showed up (in an unnecessarily huge box. Thx, Home Depot.) on the doorstep.
We’ve done a few things here and there to the house that you can actually see and that are, I suppose, “fun.” Most of that has been paint. It’s inexpensive and approachable and can really make a huge difference. We’ve also installed some ceiling fans and light fixtures because bad lighting just bums me out. Also curtains, which to me, put the fun in functional. They are pretty and soften a room, plus it prevents the neighbors from having to look at me while I stare off into space and mindlessly shove the kids’ fruit snacks into my gaping maw after they’ve gone to bed.
We’ve also done some upgrades that are decidedly NOT fun, but are nonetheless necessary: New roof–so our homeowners’ insurance policy will keep on keeping’ on. New thermostat–it’s a Nest and that’s actually been awesome. Radon mitigation system–cancer can kiss my ass. Chimney repair–since having smoke fill your entire basement via the not-so-functional fireplace down there is not ideal.
All of these things are expenditures that have made our house better, and I’m lucky that they’re repairs we’ve been able to do. But of course, I’m itching to get to the fun stuff–the first two up are the relatively approachable powder room and entry wallpaper situ. I’m hoping to do posts on those so soon! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers so that this may happen.
…I can feel in my bones that we have a few more nuts-and-bolts fixes that are going to take a decent bite of the budget.
- First up, we have something SUPER weird going on with our pipes/possibly the heater. Since it’s gotten legit cold, the pipes have been intermittently humming and banging, and it’s getting worse each day. A plumber came out on Monday (to assess some frozen pipes. Woo hoo! Nice knowing ya, $250) and couldn’t figure it out. So the HVAC people are coming Friday. The noise seems to start up when the heat kicks on, and you can get it to briefly stop if you turn on a sink or flush a toilet. It’s especially fun in the middle of the night when you’re trying to sleep and it sounds like a 747 is roaring right through your bedroom. For 45 minutes.
I have no idea what this is, so there’s no telling what the scope of this issue will be. Dr. Internet says it may be a valve, so here’s hoping it’s something minor like that.
- Did someone say HVAC? Our is about 25 years old, and the struggle is real. Moving in, we knew its days were numbered, but we managed to eke out two summers with the old gal. It’s not efficient at all, and frankly doesn’t do a great job. Odds are not good it makes it another summer.
- Pros of having a screened-in porch/balcony situation: Outdoor enjoyment that can either be bug free or a great place to sunbathe (moot for this Casper-like being). Cons: The screens are so old and ripped up, we’re really not keeping any bugs out, but that does provide built-in entertainment for the three felines who use the space as their catio for as long as weather permits.
The other MAJOR con is that the roof of the porch (i.e. balcony) is just old and basically janky, so it’s leaking pretty badly onto the porch, which btw has for the most part all rotten woodwork–posts, soffit, you name it.
I guess the good news is that it all seems to be going at the same time, so I don’t mind the idea of tearing the whole mess down and starting anew, but I doubt this is going to be cheap.
So. There you have it. All of the various upcoming money pits scattered in and around the house (oh, and we also need a fence pretty badly). They all seem of pretty equal priority to me (I mean, obviously the pipes are top because UGH! the headaches and, you know, possibility of water gushing everywhere).
If anyone’s out there, what projects are in your crosshairs? Make me feel better/insanely jealous, depending on their level of form and function.