What we hope to renovate in our house in 2020
With the last house, everything was pretty much done before we moved in — aside from two bathrooms. But with the new house, this is definitely going to be a multi-year project. That makes things interesting, mostly because it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of options for projects to begin.
So we made it a point to sit down and think about what projects we wanted to tackle this year and even more importantly, we set up a tentative schedule/guide for when we hope to complete each project.
We got a head start on this towards the end of 2019 which you can read more about here: The Garage Mahal. But even still, there’s work to be done including completing the home gym set up and setting up the workbench/tool area.
Although I’m sure we will continue adding equipment to it, the home gym set up should be completed in January.
The goal is to finish the living room with everything aside from new flooring which is desperately needed but will probably have to wait until next year. The things we still need to finish up are:
- add shiplap to the media niche
- build floating shelves for the media niche
- buy a coffee table
- pick out art work for above the couch
- buy a new ceiling fan
- figure out surround sound – our entire house is currently wired for surround sound but we want to upgrade it to make it bluetooth capable so we can control it with our phones and using voice control
So far we’ve painted the living room but other than that, we’ve still got a lot to paint! The goal this year will be to have the entire interior of the home painted which we will be doing ourselves.. This should be completed towards the beginning of the year.
Right now the master bedroom is pink, the mattress is on the ground and we haven’t done much in the way of decor. I love the space because it’s large and feels like such a luxury compared to the master in the old house but it’s time to get in here and make this the place of luxurious relaxation we dream about. That will include:
- painting the room
- painting / creating an accent wall
- buying a new king sized bed
- mounting the TV
- getting some art & plants
- building a barn door to the bathroom
- buy new ceiling fan
Master Bedroom Closet
We’ll pay some attention to the closet as well. The master closet is a good size but it’s not as functional as it could be with just a few hanging rods. We are going to completely renovate the closet which will include:
- removing the carpet and replacing with tile (we will also put this tile in the master bathroom)
- building and installing Ikea PAX system
- new light fixture
- new rug
This will kinda piggy back off the master bedroom renovation since all the old furniture from there will end up in the guest room. We will likely only need to buy a few pieces of furniture but here’s the list to tackle:
- paint room
- replace ceiling fan
- move in bed, dresser from master
- buy bed frame
- buy nightstands
If you’ve seen any of the design photos of the future backyard (check them out here if you haven’t seen them yet), then you know there’s plenty to be done here! It certainly won’t all be done this year but the big focus will be on beginning to lay the foundation for what’s to come. The first step will be figuring out our landscaping, especially around the pool. The plan is to remove some of the disjointed existing landscaping and remove a few palm trees and begin to put in new landscaping.
We also need to add turf to the side yard for the dogs.
The plan is to have a Fourth of July party so hopefully most of this will be accomplished before then.
Bonus: we plan on adding fruit trees to the side front yard as well.
Build the Bar in the Game Room
In the game room, we’re going to have a bar that expands the length of one wall and will include a kegerator, built in cabinets, a frame TV and a bar top that you can sit at to watch the game or to hang out and play pool.
Of course there are also plenty of odds and ends to take care of… but just reading this is making me think we might be a little bit crazy! And if that’s the case, so be it, but it feels good to have a plan in place for what to accomplish. Once we made the list, I took it to the calendar to make a schedule for when these things could actually be accomplished. Otherwise I know it will be easy to become overwhelmed with what to do or how to get things finished.
What do you think?
Totally nuts? Do you have any projects you want to tackle this year?
You can follow along over on Instagram @mincerepublic where I share all about the renovation process and behind the scenes!