Ten Year Plan: Year Nine

Time for the annual review of the Ten Year Plan. For those of you new to the concept, this is just a plan for what we can get done without triggering all kinds of project dependencies. We're on year nine, and honestly, we are going to probably get past year fourteen on this puppy. Great Recession and all that.

Anyway, this is what we had planned, and notes on what we did. (If it's stricken without comment, we finished it in a previous year.)

  1. Paint exterior of house
  2. Finish living rooms
  3. Foundation replacement (Yes, we're still closing the permit, but the foundation is solid)
  4. Remove Fright Box under house, redo plumbing
  5. Redo upstairs bath and add half bath under stairs

    We started by tearing out the very last bit of fake wood paneling in the house. I drew up some very basic lighting plans. Then it was down to the endless slog of washing the walls in the hallway, more washing, washing the ceiling, working my way up the stairs, further up the stairs, into the upstairs hall, which took way longer than it should have, and finally over the stairwell.

    We had people over to demo the plaster in the construction zone. And one weekend we finally cut out the horrifying lead drain pipe.

    I began doing tile takeoffs to figure out how much tile to buy. We took a field trip to an electrical supplier to look at lighting options. I ordered some fixtures for the upstairs hall, but I was unable to buy a recessed light for the bathroom at a local store.

    While I planted an excessively large fall bulb order, Noel started framing the bathroom up. He squared off the door, and installed the pocket door hardware. It got cold and we put up plastic over the big hole.

    In the coming weeks we will finish the upstairs framing and hopefully get a framing inspection done, then we can close up the ceiling. Then just work work work.

  6. Remove chimney, replace furnace thing
  7. Install gas fireplace in living room
    I keep thinking this would be an easy project to do sometime, but obviously we're not going to get it done this year.
  8. Re-roof
    After years of saying we would limp the roof along, we're thinking of biting the bullet and redoing at least part of the roof this summer.
  9. Insulate crawlspace and attic
    This is part of the bathroom project; we're mostly waiting on it because doing the attic requires rewiring all the upstairs lighting, and we want to replace the fuse box upstairs before that happens.
  10. Remove fake wooden panelling, stabilize plaster, and repaint all rooms
    We will actually be done with this this year if we can get the hallway done. Which we should be able to do.
  11. Block air infiltration around various doors (as done as it can get)

  12. Replace window sashes (Moved off the 10-year plan because of logistics)
  13. Strip ugly pink paint from as much woodwork as possible
    This is one of those projects that we do more or less of in a year.

    This year, Noel worked on the woodwork in the hallway. He stripped the pink off the back of the front door, trying out Peel-Away on the curly bits, and working away at the details, He used the Peel-Away on the carved trim at the edge of the second floor, then he used Safest Stripper to clean up the schmoo on the door panels.

    Then he moved on to stripping the front parlour doorway, then the back parlour doorway, and the door.

    He also worked on stripping paint from the door for the upstairs bathroom and the beadboard panels.

  14. Remove linoleum from floors/refinish wooden floors
    Another thing that might just happen with the work on the hallway, though it really depends on how well our progress goes on the big project.
  15. Remove the concrete driveway extension into the back yard

  16. Related landscaping/gardening

  17. Repair front porch/re-rebuild front steps
  18. Repair side porch, remove steps, and turn into a conservatory
    Repairing the side porch is on our list, but we'll see how things go.
  19. Draw detailed plans for the Day of Glory

posted by ayse on 01/03/13

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