Today I wanted to provide a visual, color-coded “map” of my house to show y’all exactly what’s been finished, what’s currently in progress, what’s left to do, and what won’t be done.
I’m hoping that this will not only relieve some frustration for some of you, but for me as well. Quite honestly, sometimes I feel like my head might explode if I have to field yet another question about why I’m wasting time redoing finished areas of my house while my house remains a virtual construction zone filled with unfinished areas that I really could be/should be working on instead of whatever project I’m focusing on right now.
And I figured showing you this color-coded house map was a more helpful way of approaching this topic than my prankster of a husband’s suggestion that I write a post today outlining my new plans for demolishing and redoing the hallway. 😀
(To be clear, I have no plans to redo the hallway.)
Here’s how our house currently looks…
So let me explain what’s going on in a little more detail…
The areas in the dark pink color are rooms/areas that are finished. These include the entryway, kitchen, breakfast room, pantry, hallway bathroom, and hallway.
Now I know that some of those rooms are listed on my 2019 home goals list, but one of the rooms (the hallway bathroom) is finished now, and the other areas need minor projects done, like purchasing a new dining table for the breakfast room, rewiring a light, and adding some storage organization to the kitchen.
Those are not major construction projects, and I don’t consider the rooms “under construction” just because a few minor projects need attention. If you went to Home Depot and purchased a couple of Rev-a-Shelf organizational pull-out things that you wanted to install in your kitchen cabinets, you wouldn’t render your kitchen “under construction” and completely unusable, right? No. You’d find some extra time in your schedule, install them, and get on with your life.
Well, that’s what I’m doing in my kitchen, except instead of buying a product, I’m making them myself. But my kitchen is still completely usable, and I cook in there every day.
Slated to be finished in 2019
It should not come as a shock to anyone that I wrote a post yesterday focusing on projects that need to be done in my music room or living room. I have this little ritual that I’ve done at the beginning of the year for the last few years, and January 2019 was no exception. I make a list of things that I want to get done on my house during the year.
This year’s list is linked in the sidebar of my blog, which is either over there to the right (if you’re on a desktop) or it’s down below this post (if you’re on mobile) with an image that looks like this…
If you click on it, it’ll take you to this year’s list. You can check my progress any time. I try to keep that list up to date, with finished items crossed off, as the year progresses.
And if you look on this year’s list, you’ll see that the living room and music room are listed, and my goal is to finish both rooms by the end of the year. Neither of these rooms has ever been finished, and until they are, and until I get them just like I want them, I will continue to tweak this, and rearrange that, and repaint this thing, and change my mind about that thing. That’s just my process, and until I actually deem the room finished and have it just like I want it (like my entryway, or hallway bathroom, or hallway, or pantry), then I’ll continue tweaking until I have it right.
But, by no means, are these rooms “construction zones.” The lack of an azalea velvet loveseat or indecision about paint color for built-in bookcases does not a “construction zone” make.
Also on that list is the front porch, where I still need to finish the stone skirting, and then add some chairs and finishing touches.
But again, the goal is completion this year. Those two interior rooms have been on my 2019 list since I published it on January 2nd.
In progress with contractor
As you know by now, the studio is in progress, but the part that’s underway right now (or will be as of 8:00 this morning) doesn’t involve me. The contractor will take care of the electrical work, the HVAC ductwork, the insulation, and the drywall. And until he and his subs are done with that, there’s nothing I can do. He said it could take up to three weeks, depending on when subs can be worked into the schedule.
Believe you me, I’m just as anxious as anyone else to get the studio area done, but for the time being, there’s nothing in there for me to do.
Not even on the radar for 2019
Two rooms — the guest bedroom and Matt’s future game room — aren’t even on the radar for this year. If you look at my 2019 home goals, you won’t find them there at all.
These rooms are the absolute lowest on our list of priorities right now. And until my studio is completely finished, and we have our big addition on the back finished, and we have a driveway poured, there’s no way we’ll be spending money redoing these rooms. One of them will be a guest room, which we have no urgent need for, and the other is being used almost every day as it is since that’s where we have my treadmill and Matt’s exercise bike. So it’s fine just like it is for now.
Slated for demolition
The current master bathroom and the sunroom are both slated for demolition when we do our big addition, so there’s no way I’d spend any money trying to put lipstick on those pigs.
And while the current master bedroom isn’t exactly slated for demolition in the same way, it will be completely torn down to studs and joists during our addition and transformed into a big master bathroom. So while it might be nice to paint the walls and make some curtains to cozy the room up a bit, there’s just no way I’m going to do that when Matt talks almost daily about us starting the addition as soon as the studio is finished.
And that’s the entire house. So hopefully you can see that we’re not living in a construction zone. And there aren’t a whole slew of other rooms that need my urgent attention. I have a few projects I can work on in a couple of unfinished rooms (plus three projects in my kitchen, as I outlined in this post), and then I have the studio. That’s pretty much it until we do the addition.