Starting Over

Just when we finished all of the big projects in our first house (there were still a lot of little ones left on the agenda) and were settling into our post-renovation-bliss phase, we decided to leave.  To this day (almost 8 months since we moved), hubby still complains jokes about it to our friends.  He would say, "we worked so hard to make everything perfect and are now letting someone else reap the benefits".  He's not completely wrong, we did spent a lot of time and money on it, but at the end of the day it was a good investment and we walked away with all of those skills and the memories of having earned them.  Plus, things are different in the new house.  First of all, it is new.  To us and to the world.  There are no problems to fix (ahem..yet).  We can actually choose to have a free weekend to sit and enjoy the kids or do a project for fun, rather than work on something in the house.  And even though that is something that we both grew to love, that itch to renovate, we can do that over time here.  Much to my husbands chagrin, I already have a to-do list for the new house:

  • Add a built-in hutch/storage/shelving unit in the dining room to complement the kitchen cabinets
  • Add built-in bookshelves to the office
  • Add built-in storage/lockers/cubbies to the mudroom area (currently being used as a playroom, so this will be a project for down the road)
  • Finish the basement (more on that in another post, since its a big project)
  • Add wainscoting to the kids bathroom upstairs 
  • Add overhead lights in the kids' rooms 
  • Get a new dining room table??
  • Add hooks/storage to the garage
  • Window treatments all around the house
  • Plant in the back/maybe veggie garden if I'm feeling ambitious
  • Turn guest room upstairs into fun hangout space for kids with some trundle beds or day beds for sleepovers
  • Install gallery of frames on stairway wall
  • Install a patio when basement is finished
  • Add storage and functionality to laundry room/maybe paint as well
That's all I have so far, but its certainly enough to keep us busy for a while!!

And all of these projects will make more sense once I show you more pictures of the house, or even a house tour if I can figure out how to do that.  The kids have been sick this week so to say that they are needy at the moment is a severe understatement.  Reagan is sitting in my lap while I'm typing with one hand.  Hopefully next week will be better!!

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