2023 Grasp Listing of House Targets

It’s that point of 12 months once more after I checklist my objectives for the brand new 12 months. I didn’t do such an excellent job on final 12 months’s objectives (don’t fear…I’m not beating myself up over it, and I’m fairly happy with what I did accomplish final 12 months), so solely time will inform if this 12 months will likely be any higher so far as objectives go.

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s submit, I nearly really feel like I might simply copy and paste final 12 months’s objectives into this submit and be achieved. 😀 However that’s not fairly correct. I did get some issues achieved final 12 months (you possibly can learn the synopsis of my final 12 months right here), and due to what I completed final 12 months, I’m now all the way down to solely two rooms — the house gymnasium and my studio.

Technically, the half rest room that’s hooked up to the studio is completed, however I do have plans to make some adjustments in there, so I made that room inexperienced (in progress) on the ground plan above.

In order that’s fairly thrilling. I’m simply down to 2 rooms. It’s been a really lengthy street to get right here, and I’d love nothing greater than to finish 2023 with all of those rooms utterly completed.

Right here’s a extra detailed take a look at what I hope to perform this 12 months:

The House Health club

This room is an absolute mess proper now. It was used as a storage room and workroom all by way of the grasp rest room rework. And now it’s time to get it cleaned out and completed. I had hoped to have this room cleaned out by now, however the day I had deliberate to get began on that’s the day that Matt and I each began getting sick, and the day that Matt went to the hospital the primary time. And now right here we’re, three weeks later, and the room nonetheless appears to be like like this.

However that’s okay. I’ll begin right now! And I used to be in a position to make some progress on this room final 12 months, so loads of the more durable initiatives are achieved. At the start of final 12 months, not one of the home windows or doorways have been trimmed out. Now they’re all trimmed out, however I do nonetheless must sand, caulk, prime and paint the trim.

So right here’s precisely what must be achieved in right here to complete the room:

  • Set up the remainder of the hardwood flooring within the closet space
  • Set up the remainder of the small trim on the ceiling
  • End putting in the baseboards
  • End paint contact ups on the partitions
  • Set up the ceiling fan
  • Set up the 2 recessed lights within the closet space
  • Sand, caulk, prime, and paint all the trim
    • Window casings
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
    • Small trim round ceiling
  • Set up the froth sq. gymnasium flooring
  • Dangle the curtains (sure, I’m hanging curtains in a house gymnasium…as a result of I’m me. 😀 )
  • Construct the Swedish ladder
  • Construct a cupboard and cabinets within the open closet space
  • Paint Matt’s train bike (it’s white, and I’d prefer it to be black)
  • Add mirrors/posters/paintings/no matter else a house gymnasium must be a motivational area

And as soon as that room is completed, that simply leaves me with ONE MORE ROOM!

My Studio

Y’all, this must be the 12 months that I end this area. It’s been manner too lengthy already, and for my very own psychological well being, I want it completed. I’m so able to have a completely useful studio area with storage and group and the whole lot as a replacement.

And the way thrilling it is going to be when it’s completed, as a result of that is the final room inside the home!! (Nicely, the final room because it stands now, earlier than we add three extra rooms.)

Right here’s what must occur to ensure that this room to be completed:

  • Set up, caulk, prime, and paint the remainder of the trim
    • Window casings (all put in, however two nonetheless have to be caulked, primed, and painted)
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
  • Construct, prime, and paint cupboards
    • Cupboards within the “workplace” space of the room by my desk
    • The total wall of cupboards on the entrance (wallpapered) wall
    • Cupboards by the door into the sitting room (i.e., breakfast room)
  • Set up lighting within the storage closet
  • Construct cabinets for the storage closet
  • Make a couple of tweaks to the half rest room
  • Repaint the partitions within the again entry

I could find yourself including issues to that checklist as I’m going. I’ve talked about that I could swap out the wallpaper. (Don’t get upset! I haven’t made up my thoughts simply but. This one could keep.) And I would change up the wall shade in the principle studio space as nicely.

So far as the half bathtub goes, I’m not fairly certain how in depth the adjustments will likely be in there. I do know that the wall design will go, however I’m unsure what it’ll get replaced with. I do know I wish to preserve it colourful and enjoyable. So relying on what I do with the partitions, the self-importance shade could have to alter as nicely. However that’s a perhaps, and it’s a kind of issues that will likely be determined as I make progress. I don’t should make these selections proper now.

So these are the ultimate two inside areas that I’ll be specializing in this 12 months, and people will likely be my important objectives. If nothing else, I wish to finish this 12 months with these two areas utterly completed and usable. I don’t wish to preserve having to cover these areas behind closed doorways when company come over.

However I at all times have a couple of extra “second tier” objectives that I take into accout in case I want a change of tempo to maintain myself , motivated, and shifting ahead. Right here’s what that checklist appears to be like like this 12 months…

The Visitor Bed room

I completed this room some time again, however there are some tweaks I’d like to make in right here if I can discover time to do them.

I discussed some time again (perhaps it was simply on Fb) that I wasn’t too certain concerning the one characteristic wall. Don’t get me mistaken. I really like that wall and the design I did on it. However what I haven’t been thrilled with is that the opposite partitions on this room are so blah.

That’s simply not me. So I polled folks to see what they considered me extending the wall design to the opposite two partitions. Most individuals thought that may be an excessive amount of. And I do agree {that a} floor-to-ceiling design on all three of these partitions is perhaps an excessive amount of. However I’m additionally not happy with leaving it like it’s.

So what’s my go-to answer after I need loads of shade and/or sample on the partitions, however I don’t need it to be too overwhelming? Wainscoting! White wainscoting, to be exact. That’s what I did within the music room and within the grasp rest room. In order that’s what I’d love to do in right here…plus one different challenge…

  • Add wainscoting to the underside half of the partitions
  • Prolong the floral design to the opposite two partitions
  • Construct a brand new base for the mattress that may accommodate the adjustable mattress

Entrance Porch and Exterior

I’ve some upkeep that must be achieved on our entrance porch, plus I simply must lastly end the entrance porch. So far as the upkeep goes, I don’t assume I can put it off one other 12 months. If I do, I could danger the climate doing an excessive amount of harm to the wooden and having to exchange issues. I’d fairly not let it get to that time.

So right here’s what I’d love to do…

  • End the stone façade on the entrance and facet of the concrete porch
  • Sand and reseal/stain the porch boards
  • Repaint the entrance door (identical shade, but it surely simply wants a refresh)
  • Create a sitting space on the entrance porch
  • Create flower beds across the porch and plant fairly issues
  • Construct steps on the facet (studio) door
  • Rehang one shutter that got here off throughout excessive winds
  • Construct flower bins and set up


As of this very second, I don’t have a complete lot deliberate for the kitchen this 12 months, however I do wish to make this the 12 months that I lastly do away with the dishwasher and convert that area in to usable space for storing. I wish to add a kind of Rev-a Shelf pop up cabinets that most individuals use for his or her stand mixers, however mine will likely be used for my blender and InstantPot, and perhaps a pair extra issues.

However the kitchen adjustments could turn out to be extra in depth if we’re lastly in a position to begin on the addition this 12 months. Proper now, that’s an enormous if. Nothing has been nailed down but, however I do plan to place these wheels in movement very quickly and see if we will make that occur this 12 months.

If we will make that occur, the again wall of cupboards will likely be altering. However my plan is not to make a cased opening between the kitchen and the brand new household room. I do assume I’ve landed on an concept that I really like, although. And if I implement that concept, the entire again wall of cupboards within the kitchen will likely be altering. I’m not fairly able to share particulars simply but.

All of that to say that proper now, my plans for the kitchen are minimal. However these plans could change relying on what occurs with the addition this 12 months. For now, I wish to…

  • Take away the dishwasher
  • Convert that space into storage


As soon as once more, the carport is being added to my checklist of objectives. And this 12 months, it actually must get achieved for a similar motive that I actually need to do the upkeep on the entrance porch. The siding on the carport has by no means been painted, and technically, you’re solely supposed to permit primed Hardiboard to stay unpainted for simply so lengthy. I’m unsure how lengthy that period of time truly is, however I’m certain that I’m well past that point by now.

I don’t know why I didn’t have my contractor’s guys end the carport utterly when it was constructed. For some motive, I believed I’d do all the ending initiatives myself, however right here we’re, 4 years later, and it’s nonetheless not completed. It nonetheless wants lights (and presumably a ceiling fan) put in, a ceiling put in, trim put in, and it must be painted. Why on the earth did I believe I needed to do these initiatives myself?

Plus, now it wants roof restore from when the massive department from that massive oak tree (that we had reduce down final 12 months) fell on the roof and punch a gap in it.

So I believe it’s time to drop the delusion that I’m going to do these items myself, and rent them out in order that they really get completed. Whoever does the work must…

  • Set up the lights (and possibly a ceiling fan)
  • Set up the ceiling, and caulk, prime and paint the ceiling
  • Set up trim on the columns
  • Paint the outside of the doorways
  • Paint the siding and trim

I believe that’s it. I’m not delusional sufficient to assume that I can get all of this achieved in 2023, however I do assume I can get the house gymnasium and the studio completed this 12 months. These different objectives are literally objects that I’ll deal with like a buffet. If I discover myself needing a while away from the house gymnasium or the studio, I’ll see if I can select an merchandise from the buffet of “second tier” choices simply to maintain myself shifting ahead. And as soon as I’ve had an ample break from the principle objectives, I can get proper again to these till they’re completed.

After which with the addition up within the air proper now, it’ll be very fascinating to see simply how this 12 months shakes out in the long run. Meet me again right here in 12 months, and we’ll see how I did. 😀