The Master List


November 2, 2013 by stpaulhaus

We have been busy with a number of projects at the house the past couple weeks, namely, the kitchen. 🙂   I posted this photo on FB earlier in the week:


The dropped ceiling is long gone, the very strange cabinets have been removed, and the wallpaper is down. 🙂

It’s already a big change from this:


Now here is the extremely long list without any detailed explanations:


  • Reinforce joist hangers with more nails under deck.
  • Unclog clogged plumbing vent
  • Clean air intake vent
  • Winterized outside facet
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean gutters
  • New chimney cap
  • Clear storm window weep holes
  • Repair broken sash cords
  • Restore windows (strip paint, sand, reglaze, paint)
  • Replace flat roof
  • Fix damaged siding for now and eventually replace
  • Strip the spray paint from chimney (dumbass painters)
  • Repaint stucco siding (again, dumbass painters)
  • New driveway
  • Run a drainage pipe under new driveway
  • New 2.5 car garage
  • Catio (a cat patio)
  • Build a Free Little Library (click here to learn about Free Little Library)

Back porch/deck

  • New footings
  • New decking (cedar or pressure treated?)
  • Install new square tapered columns

Front porch

  • Paint
  • Build a hanging bed/bench/hammock
  • New light fixtures
  • New house numbers


  • Starting from scratch-Too many projects to list right now

Living Room

  • Paint
  • Weatherize fireplace

Dining Room

  • Strip wallpaper and install new craftsman style wallpaper
  • Install new push button light switch

Main Floor Bath

  • Strip wallpaper, prime, and paint walls
  • Install new toilet seat
  • Fix toilet air gap
  • New pedestal sink
  • New plumbing (get rid of drum trap)
  • New medicine cabinet
  • New lighting fixtures
  • Remove glass panel doors and replace with a shower curtain
  • Patch tile floor and tile baseboard
  • Install shower exhaust fan, venting to the exterior

1st Bedroom Main Floor (Office)

  • Paint
  • Remove or paint over ceiling tiles

2nd Bedroom Main Floor (Guest Bedroom)

  • Paint


  • Paint

Dining Room Stairwell:

  • Paint
  • Open up staircase to second level

Front Stairwell

  • Get rid of it and make it into closet space for the second bedroom and second floors

Upstairs Living Room

  • Reconfigure doorways to make it into a bedroom
  • Construct a walk-in closet
  • Paint
  • Remove old phone jacks

Upstairs Dining Room

  • Reconfigure doorways to make it into a bedroom, which i will use as a library/office
  • Paint
  • Remove old phone jacks

Upstairs Bedroom

  • Reconfigure closet
  • Reconfigure walls to accommodate new stairway
  • Paint

Upper Level Bathroom

  • Gut job–too much to list

Upper Level Kitchen

  • Remove everything and use the space to enlarge the bathroom and create a laundry room

Sleeping Porch

  • Paint
  • Restore windows or remove them and install screens
  • Remove door
  • Remove exterior staircase


  • Relocate the laundry upstairs
  • Create a separate family room, storage room, and mechanicals room
  • Overhaul ¾ bath
    • New shower enclosure
    • New vanity and facet
    • New lighting
    • New flooring
    • install exhaust fan
  • Insulate walls
  • Drywall
  • Remove dropped ceiling panels
  • Sell the 2 smaller boilers and get one large one?
  • Sell the 2 smaller water heaters and get one large one?
  • Clean out dryer vent and seal with metal tape
  • Add knockout plug at open electrical
  • Attach laundry sink to the floor (for now)
  • Fix outlet that has reverse wiring
  • Fix water heater valve
  • Remove duct tape from the boiler vents and replace with foil tape

The explanations will come later.

It is safe to say that there are plenty of projects to keep me busy at this house for a long, long time.

4 thoughts on “The Master List

  1. Di-zamn! I’m secretly disappointed we don’t have much left to do on this house 😦 It’s SO EXCITING when there are so many things to do, so much potential and so many possibilities 🙂 I shall live vicariously through you 🙂

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