2012 Projects

June 12, 2012

exterior work, interior work

Well, I broke the latest projects list to the family today. They didn’t cry or scream. As a matter of fact, they took it very calmly. Because I am bribing them this year. šŸ˜€ OK OK, it’s not exactly bribing– more like paying. It won’t be much but at least it will be something. And best part is that I won’t have to do it all!

This will be the year that we finish up to loose ends, that we complete the little things left undone or things that need patching. For one, my front porch is sinking into the ground. The previous owners just plunked the porch foundation posts on cinder blocks, and YEAH. NO. It’s starting to make me nervous. Since the house is a balloon frame house, a sagging porch can pull the wall studs out of kilter so bad that the floor joists pop out of their tenons. That would be…. bad. With all the rain we’ve had for the past decade, the porch is definitely sagging and I am having trouble sleeping at night. Time to jack up the porch, dig some 2-foot deep holes, and install concrete piers. This is perhaps our biggest project for the year.

Our second project will be to fix the back porch. I still never sided around the kitchen window that I installed in 2010. The house wrap tar paper has held up well (and we sealed all gaps and cracks that summer), but hello, we can’t have no siding there. We’ve decided to rip off all the siding on the entire wall there and replace it with wood clapboard. I got a quote on vinyl siding, which would cost us more that what we bought the house for! :-O

Window Workers

It's be fun siding this area of the house. NOT

Anyway, I have to rip off the back porch (it was never installed properly anyway), rip off the siding, replace the siding, and build a new back porch. I intend to enclose it to create a mud room. Currently, when the gang charges into the house with their muddy boots, they drop right into my new kitchen. That must end.

Then of course, like any renovator worth her weight in salt, I have a myriad of unfinished projects! We have to install drywall in out kitchen “cubby” and install shelving in there. The boys will do that project and get paid for it.


Unfinished kitchen shelving.


Then there’s the small bench, or window seat, in the kitchen. I’ll pay the boys to do that, too.

And finally, there’s the electric. There’s still only partial electric in the bathroom and there’s a problem with another circuit. Both require me going into the attic. Oh Lord. I HATE the attic.


Nooooooooooooo !!

So that’s my summer. LOL. Be praying for me, I have 3 to 4 months to do it all!!

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9 Responses to “2012 Projects”

  1. lin Says:

    Wow, you have some major projects around there! I’m just hoping we finish some wall washing. (I think Joe is secretly hoping I’ll forget. šŸ˜‰ )

  2. Melisa (@emberfamily) Says:

    I know someone (wink, wink) that has a few “projects” too. Wanna come over and tackle some of ours? ;o)

    • Rebecca Says:

      Melisa!!!! I am pretty excited to hear from you. Long time, no see! I would LOVE to help with your projects… but I have to finish a few of my own emergency ones here, lest my house come crashing down!

  3. Karen and Gerard Says:

    Except for the shelves, those all seem like huge must do tasks! You sure you don’t just want to buy a new house????

  4. Secondary Roads Says:

    That is an ambitious summer that you’ve laid out for the family. I hope that it goes well for all of you.

  5. Marg Says:

    Sounds like a busy summer at your house. Hope everyone makes it through all the projects. Should be nice when you get done.