Brad and I put our home renovation skills to the test in 2019. Since our home is not yet complete, we’ve mapped out this year’s plans. Let’s take a look at our 2020 home renovation planned projects, shall we?
We’ve always had dreams of remodeling a home and last year we had the perfect opportunity. As our family grew, we knew that we would need a bigger home. As much as we wanted to design and build our own home, we just couldn’t find land in the area that felt like home. So we had to turn to a preexisting house.
That’s exactly what we found, with all of the late 80’s/early 90’s features. So the two of us went to the drawing board and started gathering inspiration for our very own fixer-upper. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and hard work into our future forever home, the home where we raise our family. Last year we removed wall paper, painted our entire home, replaced/painted trim, painted our kitchen, updated our flooring, and updated a 90’s home into a potential modern faux farmhouse.
2020 Home Renovation Planned Projects
Exterior Face Lift //
An exterior face lift isn’t something that we originally planned to update. After moving in and getting a few of Ohio’s lovely never ending rains, we discovered that we had a leak that was stemming from rotted cedar siding. We knew going into this year that replacing the cedar siding with traditional siding.
Then last May, there was the tornado and multiple hail storms. We are having a contractor come out to determine if our room has any hail damage or lose shingles. In addition, we had a lot of debris in our yard from the tornado, like 4-6 ft long 2x4s sticking in the yard. We are pretty sure some of those boards hit the side of our house causing more siding damage.
Now we’ve decided that we are going to update our siding and paint (possibly lime wash) the exterior brick and if needed, update our roof to a metal roof. At the very minimum, we will just replace all of cedar, but fingers crossed, the whole remodel process will be in our budget.
Remove The Sun Porch
As much as we loved the idea of the sun porch, the existing one has a lot of flaws that need to be removed. Instead of installing windows, whoever built the sun porch used only sliding glass doors as the walls. The previous owner also had 3 female German Shepherds that they kept in the sun porch and they left a lot of odor. Plus, with our dogs and the Ohio humidity, there’s a stench that we just can’t get rid of. So rather than replace the sun porch, Brad and I decided that a covered patio that doesn’t have sides would be best for our family.
Flower beds are another must on our to do list for 2020. Our current beds are HUGE but are quite bare. They also have a bunch of grey-ish stone rather than mulch. So this year our plan is to shrink the flower beds by a few feet, remove all of the rock, add mulch, and update the plants with new hedges, flowering bushes, and a few perennials that will add some color. My mom is a gardening expert and she is planning on helping us… a lot.
Interior Updates //
Remodel Henry’s Bathroom
We don’t have a whole lot planned for the interior of our house this year. Since our main focus last year was the interior, we really don’t have that many rooms left to finish. Henry’s bathroom is going to be the “simpler” bathroom to remodel. I say simpler in quotes because you never know what you are going to get into until you start. Since he has such a nice big vanity, we are planning on just painting the cabinets a real dark navy, I’m loving the color of the year ‘naval’ at Sherwin Williams. I think the rich navy will be the perfect pop of color the bathroom needs. In addition to the paint, we will be replacing the shower/tub combination and toilet, removing the wallpaper border, painting the walls, either replacing the mirror or painting the frame, and updating the faucet, toilet paper holder, and towel holders. Eventually we will look into updating the counter top but to keep the project at a lower cost, we are going to use the one we have for now.
Finish The Details
Lastly, finishing up a few of the minor details is the last project on our list. We just have a few places in our house that need trim installed. Rather than replacing all of our interior doors and closet doors, Brad has started to paint all of the white. Interior doors are annoyingly expensive. The last detail that will be done is upgrading our doorknobs and hinges to matte black, which they all arrived yesterday!