I don't think it matters whether you own an old or a new house there is always something that needs doing to it. Whether it be a simple painting a room or renovating the whole house, there is always work to be done.
I happen to be married to a man who loves doing DIY. The only book he will read is a DIY book. His main hobby in life is DIY. He's one of these guys who likes to be on the go all the time. Whereas I am quite happy to sit all day with a good book and read.
The one good thing about my dh is that he is good at DIY and is very picky, and believes if you're going to do something, it needs to be done right. Mind you as he is now in his mid-50's he is slowing down, so jobs are not getting done as fast as he used to be able to do them. But when he has done a job (the attic) it is really well done. We are still fiddling on with the basement, as he is now putting a tiled back splash on the counter top down there. I picked out white "Subway" tile, as they are plain and simple, and cheap!!! Plus they are neutral and at the end of the day its a laundry room in the basement.
When that job is done we are moving onto something else. HOWEVER, and there is always a however, with multiple jobs wanting done and very limited funds it's a case of trying to figure out what to do next.
The jobs we have done so far have been huge jobs that have taken a lot of money, but have had a huge impact on the house. Renovating the attic and making it into a livable space is a bonus. Insulating it all so that that heat from downstairs doesn't rise and go directly out of the roof is another good thing.......LOL Photos of the attic are here and here and here.
The same with the new basement, there was a distinct lack of insulation down there and it made it a totally unusable space. It's now a great space with a lot of uses. As with any old home there were no closets, we have remedied that situation and both the bedrooms and the bathroom on the 1st floor have good sized closets fitted out with closet organizers. Our master bedroom closet photos here
We have put money aside to get new shingles installed on the garage roof, as it is raining in; that job should be done by the end of this month, weather permitting. We cannot afford a new kitchen, so we have decided to maybe replace the counter tops with a good quality laminate, as any stone is so way above our budget it's crazy. Plus change the sink and taps, as the taps are leaking, and the sink is a white porcelain and is nasty!!
I talked about painting the cupboards, and did speak to someone at a home show this weekend about it and that is maybe a job I will do. She did warn me, to tackle a few cupboards at a time, otherwise you will be pig sick of it before it's all over with. I think that will be a cheap solution with huge impact, or at least I am hoping it will be.
The garage needs other work on it doing, which we can do ourselves. The family room needs a makeover, as does the living room. The mud room needs ripping apart and starting again, as it is an addition and has practically ZERO insulation in it. Both bathrooms need total revamps, and the shed is hanging by a thread...LOL
I guess I just need to take a deep breath and say we need to take our sweet time and do what we can do and the rest will have to wait!!!
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