House Upgrades – The Master List

by Lindsey on January 27, 2012

in J&L Make a House a Home

As most of you know, the seller flipped our house in the last year and a half, so it was move-in ready when we bought it. We have noticed, however, that he sort of lacked attention to detail, and there are a lot of things that bother us. We have created a list of things we’d like to add/remove/change as we make it our own. Of course, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, so the list will most likely grow before it gets shorter, but this is a start!

Small/Medium Stuff:

  • As of 12/31/13

    Small/Medium Stuff:

    • Change doorknobs and deadbolts
    • Hang door knocker on front door
    • Line kitchen cabinets and drawers
    • Line linen closet shelves
    • Window blinds (16/16 complete)
    • Install bathroom fixtures
    • Install closet system in small master closet for time being
    • Drylock basement
    • Paint every room (3/9 complete)
    • Paint all trim throughout house white
    • Paint banister
    • Refinish fireplace
    • Putty nail holes in trim throughout house and paint
    • Fill holes that were cut too large (Around light fixtures, outlet covers, etc.)
    • Replace faucet and cabinet knobs in downstairs bathroom to match other chrome
    • Replace light fixtures in upstairs bathroom to match other brushed nickel
    • Replace fan covers in both bathrooms
    • Replace upstairs toilet seat
    • Replace downstairs toilet seat
    • Caulk around tub and shower
    • Fix upstairs shower
    • Replace trim around upstairs bathroom window
    • Replace trim around upstairs bathroom door
    • Replace trim around kitchen window
    • Replace all outlet and switch covers to white and turn outlets rightside up (3/9 rooms complete)
    • Re-install overhead lighting in living room
    • Re-install outside lighting on side door
    • Replace outside light fixtures on front doors
    • Fix outside lighting around second front door
    • Change outside light above garage to motion detector
    • Install outside light by back door
    • Install light switch at bottom of basement
    • Create a frame gallery in dining room (similar to this, from YHL)
    • Plant evergreen trees along backyard line to block view of neighbor’s garage
    • Replace the mailbox
    • Remove clothing line poles from backyard, fill holes
    • Install chair rail in dining room
    • Install crown molding in dining room, living room, and kitchen (1/3 complete)
    • Replace kitchen backsplash

    Big Projects

    • Fence around side and backyard
    • Create walk-in closet from attic space off master bedroom
    • Build platform deck around hot tub
    • Build deck off back of house above driveway
    • Change living room window into door to deck
    • Create Man-Space in basement
    • Install French Drain if needed for basement (Not needed!)
    • Landscape both front and backyard

    Furnishings to save up for:

    • Fireplace screen and tools
    • Window Blinds
    • Washer and Dryer
    • A queen sized bed. We’re tired of sleeping on a full!
    • Bedroom furniture
    • Patio furniture
    • A big U-shaped sectional for living room
    • Large area rug for living room
    • Area rug for dining room
    • Coffee table/storage ottoman for living room
    • Cupboard/counter piece for upstairs bathroom between dual sinks
    • A buffet type furniture piece for under dining room window
    • Outdoor furniture once the deck is built
    • Office furniture
    • Nursery furniture

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Leland January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

Now that Mike & I are looking for a place together (might be a rental or a purchase, we shall see!) I have a lot of sympathy for this list… Especially if we end up buying a place, it will likely be a “project” house! Good luck with it all! :)

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Lindsey January 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks! It’s gonna be a lot of work, but hopefully it’s worth it! Also, I miss you!!

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