New House…New To-Do List

At our last house, we had a seriously long to-do list of all the projects we wanted to do. Some we were able to accomplish, some not (we moved and ran out of time). I’m planning on being in this house long enough to enjoy our updates and renovations for a while before moving!! 🙂

Let me give you some background on our house. It’s a stilt house, which is a house raised on piles built primarily as a protection from flooding. Living right on the canal, this is a must! On the ground level, there is a one-car garage, a 3/4 bathroom, and a large room that I’m using as a craft/storage room. Our house is a split-level home with the living, dining, and kitchen on the first level up and the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second level.

I honestly thought when we bought this house that there wouldn’t be as much updating to do as the last house, but boy was I wrong!! We have BIG plans for this house and can’t wait to get this project started!!

Entryway

I’ve already started working on this area as you might be able to see in the pictures.

  • paint walls/ceiling (I’ve started painting the walls grey)
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • paint the bronze-colored metal of the overhead light (spray paint it silver)
entryway
view from garage/storage room hallway
entryway 2
view from main entrance door/on the left is the little hallway that leads into the garage and storage room

entryway 3

Ground Floor Bathroom

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • install shelving on left side of shower
  • replace lighting

downstairs bath

Storage/Craft Room

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • install shelving
  • replace four recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting
  • replace blinds with white rollup shades
  • install wall heat/air unit
storage room
lots of stuff to find a place for
Hank
This is where Hank lounges in the sun when it’s not cloudy.

Entry Staircase

This staircase leads from the small entryway at the main entrance door up to the living area. As you may have read here, we’ve already started on this staircase.

staircase before and after

Living Room

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • reface fireplace
  • build shelves on sides of fireplace
  • replace seven outdated, eyeball recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting
  • replace flooring
  • window treatments (we already replaced the broken, brown blinds with white rollup shades)

living-room 4living-room 5

Staircase Walls

These walls cut off the living room from the kitchen

  • Remove solid walls at top of staircase and replace with top rails and spindles
stairwall 3
view from kitchen
living-room 6
view from living room

Sliding Glass Doors

These doors lead out to the deck overlooking the canal.

  • replace with French doors

sliding glass doors

Dining Room

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • replace flooring in dining and kitchen (this will be done when the kitchen is remodeled)
  • window treatment (we also have already replaced the broken, brown blinds with white rollup shades)
  • replace three recessed lights with updated LED lighting

dining-area 3

Kitchen

This will be the biggest renovation in the house, AND the most exciting! We want to open the kitchen up so it will no longer be a galley-like kitchen.This will be done in a couple of phases. I want to use this kitchen for several months to get an idea of what will work and what will be the best functional layout.

Phase 1

  • paint walls
  • remove top cabinets over bar area
  • replace garbage disposal
  • replace dishwasher

Phase 2

  • design new layout
  • install new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash
  • replace double ovens
  • replace refrigerator (only if I go with a different color)
  • install new flooring
  • replace/move overhead lighting
kitchen 5
view from stairwall
kitchen 4
view from kitchen into dining
kitchen 3
view from dining into kitchen

Kitchen Wall

This wall is at the end of the bar in the kitchen. We want to remove the wall and open the kitchen and dining areas to the living room.

  • Remove wall
  • Move light switches to another wall (the light switches for the three hanging lights are on the inside of this wall)

kitchen wall

Hallway to Second Level

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • replace light fixture
  • replace closet door
  • replace staircase and flooring

Hallway 2

Guest Bathroom

This bathroom has been updated with a new vanity, countertop, sink, and faucet. We have already replaced two recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting.

  • paint walls
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • install shelving above toilet
  • replace shower insert
  • replace shower faucet
  • remove ceiling texture/install plank ceiling
  • replace bathroom door
  • replace flooring
  • replace recessed lighting

Guest bath 3

Master Bedroom

We have already replaced the blinds with white rollup shades and replaced all nine recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting. The closet in the master is a small addition to the room. There is a walk-in closet off the master bathroom.

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • install plank wall
  • diy accordion closet doors into French doors
  • install shelving in closet
  • replace ceiling fan/light
  • replace bedroom door
  • replace flooring
  • replace recessed lighting

Master bedroom 2

Master Closet & Bath

The bathroom was previously updated, so there’s not much to do in there. We’ve already replaced two recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting. I would like to move the hand towel holder so that it’s more convenient to both sinks. The hanging rods in all the closets are installed too low so we are going to remove everything and start over.

  • rework layout of closet
  • install shelving/shoe organizer

master closet

Guest Bedroom #1/Mr.’s Office

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • replace blinds with white rollup shades
  • diy accordion closet doors into French doors
  • replace ceiling fan/lights
  • replace two recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting
  • replace bedroom door
  • replace flooring

Guest bedroom 1

Guest Bedroom #2

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • replace blinds with white rollup shades
  • replace ceiling fan/lights
  • replace two recessed lights with updated LED recessed lighting
  • replace bedroom door
  • replace flooring

Guest bedroom 2

Laundry Closet

The laundry closet is in the closet in guest bedroom #2. The laundry was previously located on the ground level, but was moved upstairs at some point. This is more convenient as you don’t have to go up and down the stairs with every load and there’s not as much of a chance that your w/d will flood! The closet in this bedroom is a small walk-in and has room for a stackable unit and shelves.

  • paint walls/ceiling
  • paint baseboards/trim work
  • replace light fixture with small ceiling fan/light
  • rework layout of w/d, cabinet, and hanging rod
  • replace closet door

Laundry closet

Exterior of House

  • paint exterior (below is the color we picked out, but the sample I bought sure doesn’t look like this! This will be interesting. But anything will be better than what it is now!)
  • replace old hurricane shutters with white rolldown shutters
  • paint front door (pretty sure I’m painting it coral)
Street view
street view
Bora Bora Shore SW 9045
Bora Bora Shore SW 9045

Landscaping

There was a fence that ran across the back of the property in front of the dock. Mr. pulled that up a few weeks after we moved in. It opened the property up to the water and looks so much better! The yard hadn’t been attended to very well so the plants were left to grow amuck! We’ve already started to tame it down.

  • remove trumpet vine
  • remove white lattice and install privacy fence on side of outside staircase
  • remove white lattice from front flower bed
  • remove rose bushes
  • plant tropical plants
  • spread lots of mulch
trumpet vine 2
trumpet vine
trumpet vine
trumpet vine
front flowerbed
front flower bed
rose bushes
rose bushes

So there you go! Are you still with me? Did you keep track of how many recessed lights are in this house? Thirty-one to be exact!! This builder obviously loved recessed lighting!!

I’m super excited about updating our house and living on the water! I hope you check back and see what progress we’ve made. Hopefully, I’l  be able to post an update on the exterior of the house next week as they are coming tomorrow to powerwash the outside to prep for painting! Yay!! 🙂

Y’all have a great weekend!

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