A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

2015 Accomplishments

Even though we didn’t seem all that productive I’m feeling really good about our accomplishments in 2015!

The number one and two projects on my list—and major thorns in my side—were finally removed! (A big thanks to my wonderful husband, Pete, who was instrumental in removing said thorns.)

I have yet to post the final FINAL shots of the bathroom remodel, but I love it every time I walk in the room. You can read the general overview from our 8th House-iversary post in the meantime.

Technically we’re still working on the fireplace project, but I was just happy to get rid of that stone and leave it bare for a while. I think it helps to mull over a remodel like this if time allows between project stages because I’ve gone through several possible design scenarios over the past several months before making a final decision.  We’ve made great progress in recent weeks and hopefully we can finish the project in the next few weeks.

Most of the tile is installed, except for the trim pieces, and we have the birch plywood for the bookcases. I worked on measurements last night and we’ll work on building the boxes over the holiday weekend. Nervous but excited!

Number 3, installing glass in the laundry room door, was also completed! That one seems so long ago now, I can’t believe it was a 2015 project.

The next one, re-painting the master bathroom was not done, so off it goes to the the 2016 Goal list.

I get partial credit for the next, Refinish woodwork in remaining first-floor closets. I still have the breakfast room closet to do but the others are complete. The breakfast room closet has gotten a bit messy and disorganized so this would be a good weekend project in the near future.

I still need to paint the linen closet, and we also still need to repair the walls and paint the hallway, which was the last goal on that list. Both can be done at the same time, but I’ll have to convince Pete to do the mudding and sanding since he’s so good at it!

All-in-all I think it was a good project year and I have to say there’s really nothing major left to do (at least on the interior)—yippee!

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