What exactly have we gotten ourselves into here?
Our new house is a 550 square foot bungalow on a 25 square foot by 150 square foot lot. There are two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a mudroom out back. The basement is finished with a roughed-in kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms. As soon as we get into the house, I promise you’ll see plenty of pictures.
And this is exactly what needs to be done. A list:
- Finish the roughed-in kitchen in the basement. This will involve a few trips to Ikea and Home Hardware. I’ll scrub first, then paint, then install the kitchen. And yes, when I say ‘I’, I mean ‘I’. The Husband’s focus will be upstairs on all the work that needs to be done up there.
- Take down the bathroom walls, rip out the fixtures, demo the kitchen and rip up all the tile. That will be quite a job. Once the floor joints are revealed, we may need to do some work to reinforce and fix any that are in rough shape. At this point, we might also insulate with sound proofing.
- Do some plumping and perhaps some electrical to move the bathroom from the middle of the house to the edge of the house. This step will depend a lot on what’s behind the walls. If we can’t do it, we can’t do it.
- Rebuild the bathroom completely so that it’s awesome.
- Rip up all the hardwood flooring and put down new flooring. Preferrably a beautiful dark hardwood with a strong grain.
- Install the kitchen include the gas stove and granite countertops.
- Fall down in exhaustion.
Remember our last post? We have 1 month to do all this in.
And what if we fail?
As long as we don’t fail on point #1, we won’t end up homeless come May 1st. We’ll be ok, though we might be covered in a thin film of drywall dust forever.