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Progress Report: Year 2 in Review

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.

Sweet Gum Trees

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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(Cracked Vent Boots – No after pictures)

Electrical Panel

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.

Sun Tunnels

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.

Faucet

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.

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Porch Chairs1

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We also moved the full-size bed into the spare front bedroom and put a queen-size bed in the guest bedroom.

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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.

Illicium

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.

Office Update

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When Bradley’s grandparents moved to their assisted-living apartment, their home’s contents had to be cleared out to prepare for renters.  Bradley and I asked for a neat little velvet loveseat they had with lots of tufting across the back and arms.  The color is a dusty blue, which is not ideal, but reupholstering it doesn’t fit our household financial goals at the moment.  We rearranged his desk so that the loveseat could sit beneath the window in his office.  It is a perfect fit.

Office 0715dAfter finally pulling the trigger on curtain panels for the master bedroom, I decided it was time to get something up on his office windows as well.  I wasn’t sure what color to pair with the dusty blue loveseat and Roaring Mountain paint color, so I stayed safe with a dark indigo blue and cream pattern.

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I found more square rice paper floor lamps like the one Bradley already had and loved (but had gone through a couple of accidents as a result of relocations and curious cat events).  We also placed a couple of toy train engines that came out of his grandparents’ home on the shelf with the vintage camera collection.  He has fond memories of playing with the train sets at their house when he was young.

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Before:

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Progress Report: Office

One of the features of this house that sold us was that there is a bedroom on the main level – bonus that it is across the hall from the bathroom and steps from the kitchen.  We always lamented not having a true office at the old house from which Bradley could do his freelance work.  Turns out this room is so large that we also added my small desk and still have room for a seating area in the future.

The paint color is Roaring Mountain by Ralph Lauren.  It is a soothing warm blue, probably not what Bradley would choose off a paint chip, but nice so we haven’t considered changing it.

We are throwing around the idea of stealing some space from this room and the pantry closet in order to move the laundry to the main level.  We would have to move the doorway of the office into the foyer, so I’m thinking skinny french doors like this would be pretty.  That will be a couple of years down the road, so the plan isn’t in stone.

Here is a before shot from the real estate listing: