We started out year two in what we call our forever home by having four large pine trees and four large Sweet Gum trees cut down. The pine trees were buckling the driveway and the sweet gum trees, in addition to their annoying gumballs all over the yard, were in decline and needed to go. That project took two days and the cost came in at $2300.
We also checked off a couple of boxes from our home inspection. There were two vent boots on the roof that were cracked, so we had those replaced at a cost of $200. Also, our electrical panel was an electrical hazard, so we had a new one installed. At the same time, they added an outlet to our foyer and were able to get the stairwell light to work using the switch at the top of the stairs. The electrical work came in at $1848.
(Cracked Vent Boots – No after pictures)
As our anniversary gift, we had sun tunnels installed in the den to allow more natural light into the room. That upgrade came in at $1470.
We had a few minor plumbing and HVAC repairs that came up – the repair costs came in around $550. This included repairing a leaky drain in the guest bathroom tub, replacing a leaky faucet in the main floor bathroom, and replacing the contactor in the upstairs HVAC.
Smaller projects around the house included adding curtains to the master bedroom and Bradley’s office. I added chairs and tables to our front porch to make it feel more inviting. Bradley changed out the fluorescent light in the kitchen for a new polished nickel track light.
We also moved the full-size bed into the spare front bedroom and put a queen-size bed in the guest bedroom.
We continue to make progress pulling out unwanted overgrowth in the yard. I was able to add more Daphnes behind the Drift Roses to the right side of the front porch shrubbery bed. In front of the garage, I added two Miss Scarlett Illiciums on either side of the Gardenias. My mom planted daffodil and tulip bulbs along the driveway as well. Before we know it, we will have flowers popping up throughout the year.
Looking forward into 2016, our big to-do list item is a master bathroom remodel. We discovered a leak coming through the kitchen ceiling back in October. It turned out to be our master shower pan leaking. We have had several contractors out to get quotes on a small remodel, and we will begin moving forward shortly. That renovation will probably exclude any other major projects around the house this year, barring any unexpected repairs.
I hope to finish pulling out the azaleas that are floating in the middle of the front yard without anything to anchor them. And since I didn’t get to it last year, I hope to paint the shutters navy – December’s Eve by Sherwin Williams to be exact.