Posts tagged ‘Windows’

June 16, 2010

To Do List

As you’ve noticed, so much has been accomplished the last couple of months, so I decided to update the To Do List. Those items that have been accomplished since the last posting of the To Do List are highlighted.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (7/2010?)

2) Replace existing tile

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula in kitchen

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior (I decided to paint the kitchen the same color as the living room and to paint the cabinets. I may treat the laundry room completely different from the rest of the house since that room is so dark and depressing.)

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway/ Kitchen – SW Pearly White
  • Kitchen Cabinets – White (which white, I don’t know.)
  • Laundry Room – ???
  • Bedrooms/Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress, yes, still.)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz butcher block

16)  Replace all windows

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March 5, 2010

To Do List

Before we closed on the house, I made up a To Do List of all the things I wanted to change.  I have added a few things and removed a few things, but for the most part, the list is the same.  I hadn’t wanted to share the list because of how many items were listed and how few had been crossed out.  Since it looks like I’ll be crossing off a few things in the next few months, I thought I’d share.

To Do List

1)  Replace carpet with wood (4/2010?)

2)  Replace existing tile (3/2010?)

3)  Replace all light fixtures

  • Entry – pendant
  • Dining – pendant
  • Living Room – recessed
  • Kitchen – pendant
  • Master Bedroom – pendant/close to ceiling
  • Master Bathroom – pendant or sconces
  • Bedrooms – close to ceiling
  • Guest Bathroom – sconce
  • Exterior Front – sconce

4)  Demolish partial wall/cover existing opening (3/2010?)

5)  Replace Living Room doors with windows  (I haven’t decided if I still want to do this.  Originally, I thought the door was inoperable, but the wood had just swelled the door closed.)

6)  Replace window treatments

7)  Remove upper cabinets above peninsula

8 )  Paint Fireplace

9)  Add Fireplace doors

10)  Add pocket/barn door to Master Bathroom

11)  Replace Master Bathroom sink

12)  Replace toilets with dual flush toilets

13)  Paint Interior

  • Living Room/Dining Room/ Hallway – BM Moonlight White (3/2010?)
  • Kitchen/Laundry Room/ Bedrooms/ Guest Bathroom/Master Bedroom/ Master Bathroom (In progress) – SW Worldly Gray

14)  Paint Exterior (In progress)

  • Trim – SW Black Fox
  • Field – SW Universal Khaki

15)  Replace Kitchen counter with quartz

*added* 16)  Replace all windows

January 13, 2010

Running out of things to plan.

What exciting past few days we’ve had.  On Friday, I scheduled a couple window installers  and a tile installer to come by the house for estimates.  I’m not expecting to have these things done soon, nor at one time because, holy cannoli, that would be expensive, but we’d like to get a good idea of what things will cost once we are ready.

I’ve already chosen a tile that I love at an excellent cost – an 18×18 through-body porcelain.  It is much less red in person, and actually, it matches my existing wood trim and cabinets almost perfectly.

Now to find an equally budget-friendly installer.

I never really was a fan of tile until living with 600 square feet of it in our new home.  I like that I don’t have to worry about tracking in mud or spilling water and our experience this weekend solidified my feelings.  Sunday morning, I finally got to tackling the laundry I had put off the day before.  I started some darks, then settled in front of the TV for some boob-tube time. 20 minutes later I went to the kitchen to heat up some left over fried rice I had made.  Yummy.  Just as I reached the refridgerater, I found myself standing in an inch of water.  Turns out, the drain from the washing machine had frozen during our week of single digit temperatures and the water from the washing machine had no place to go except back into my house.  Luckily, I had tile as far as the eye could see, and was able to soak up the mess with my many, many rag towels.  I knew those would come in handy.  Now, if my kitchen had wood floors, I’m sure I would have had some serious warpage.  I love my tile.

My windows have seen their own moisture problems.  With the house being gutterless for an undetermined amount of time, facing northeast with a good amount of shade on its back, and broken seals all over the place, it’s no wonder our worst window has something growing inside.  I always wanted a terrarium.

So this will be the first window to be replaced.  Not that you’re surprised.  But nothing I do will ever be that easy.  I had an “installer” come by to check things out.  Really, he just wanted to sell me vinyl windows, which only come in white or almond.  That’s not going to work with my dark bronze trimmed exterior.  Fortunately, I did learn a few things from my experience with the “installer”:

1)  State my concerns first.  I’d only be wasting my time and theirs if I wait for them to finish their spiel.

2)  Provide scaled images to get my design intent across.  Sketches probably won’t cut it.

3)  Instead of expecting them to bring all the answers, brochures, and samples to my house, just go to them (a showroom).

Bonus: it’s easier to leave a window showroom than to kick a window salesman out of my house.

September 17, 2009

There’s something behind the bed.

I pulled up the curtains behind my bedside table last night for the first time, and I found this creepy little doozy:

CreepySticker

Between seeing this psychedelic sun and having the entire “Abbey Road” album in my head, I fully expected to look up at Taylor and find that her head had been replaced with that of a walrus.

This sticker must have been part of the original structural plan of the house, too, cuz it ain’t comin’ off.