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Oh man, I love a good excuse to make a list. What better time to write down our renovation goals than January of this fresh new year? Ken and I have an insane amount of work to do, but we’re also pretty proud of how far we’ve come. Take a look at what’s on our to-do list this year, and be sure to check back every Wednesday as we mark things off.

The dining room, oddly enough, is one of our most finished rooms. Just a few things left to do before we can call it officially done!

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner

  • Install gallery art on right empty wall.
  • Fix leak around chimney flashing. This winter left us with a sad surprise — a small leak that we’re confident we can fix, but that has derailed our plans just a tad.
  • Source and purchase bench storage for an unused corner on the left (to house party games, of course).

The laundry room has gone relatively untouched for a few months, shortly after we finished paneling those hideously wallpapered walls. Time to get cracking on a number of projects.

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Build doors for the shelving over our laundry machines.
  • Craft vanity (we’re thinking concrete?) and install utility sink.
  • Choose lighting and mirror accents.
  • Design an ironing board solution for easy, but hidden, access.
  • Install toilet paper holder We still haven’t done this. Shameful!
  • Add a few playful accents to dress up this otherwise utilitarian space.

Our kitchen was the first room we deemed finished, but we’re now itching to make just a few minor changes.

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Re-paint light fixtures. You’re going to think we’re nuts, but our yellow barn light fixtures above the sink aren’t doing it for us anymore. White they go!
  • Replace doorway to garage, install new hardware and trim.
  • Find art for that empty white wall. I’m thinking a subway bus roll or something typographic?

Something’s stuck in our office and I can’t quite figure what it is. Perhaps it’s the furniture arrangement, or maybe our makeshift bench seating. Either way, we’re itching to rearrange this space and make it much more comfortable for late work nights and early mornings.

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Build more cube storage for our endless books.
  • Re-work the room’s layout; come up with a new furniture plan that’s equal parts cozy and functional.
  • Integrate more closed storage for unsightly office supplies.
  • Design and build a desk for Ken’s wires and hard drives.
  • Design and build a creative dog crate. Our dogs spend their every waking moment in the office, as this is the brightest room in our house.
  • Streamline art and decor. Right now, it’s a mishmash of colors, patterns, textures and styles, which I generally love. But in this case, it’s feeling overpowering. Must edit!

Our exterior is expecting big changes this year — if we can finish the interior, that is.

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Purchase and install front porch lighting and doorbell.
  • Craft window boxes for front windows and plant yellow tulips!
  • Build a custom pergola and paint the brick white. To be honest, I’m not seeing this one happen this year, but a gal can dream, yes?
  • Pour concrete slab for front patio pergola.
  • Start landscaping.

Now for the conundrum: bedroom #1: What do we do with it? Right now, it’s a storage area for accessories, spare furnishings and decor that we’re not yet sure how to incorporate into the rest of the home. Here’s hoping this room will come together sometime this year!

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner

Our guest bedroom, however, is looking great, so there’s just a few last minute touches to complete.

Guest Bedroom After - Erin Loechner
  • Install closet doors and clean out interior shelving.
  • Source, purchase and install pendant lamps.
  • Host as many overnight guests as we’d like!

We want to leave our hallway fairly clean, so I don’t anticipate hanging art or adding in a lot of decor. Yet we do have one very important task to tackle this year:

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Install custom spare closet for extra bed linens, sheets and pillowcases.

The guest bathroom has been completed for nearly a year now, but we’re starting to notice a few updates that will need some attention in the following months:

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Needs fresh coat of high-gloss paint on ceiling.
  • Fix drywall cracks. (We encountered a small moisture issue when I insisted we hang our shower curtain as high as possible — not realizing that our ventless shower wouldn’t appreciate the steam as much as I would…)
  • Order a replacement part for shower head and install. We have a missing valve in our shower head that makes bathing very, very hot indeed. Must fix this one before guests come to visit!
  • Install toilet paper holder…again. Why do we always forget this one?

We love our master bedroom, but still have a few finishing touches to add before we can check it off our completed list:

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Purchase and install barn-door railing for entrance to master bath.
  • Source antique barn door and install.
  • Source ceiling pendant and install.
  • Trim.
  • Install vanity lights.
  • Build custom end-of-bed linen storage and dog stairs (because our pups are endlessly spoiled, yes).

Oh, dear. The master bath is very, very much in-progress. Think we can complete everything this year?

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Trim.
  • Build closet storage for Ken. My closet is in the master bedroom, so this one’s for him.
  • Build linen closet where temporary storage exists.
  • Purchase and install sauna heater.
  • Trim sauna and finish cedar lining.
  • Build custom bench for sauna.
  • Purchase and install sauna door.
  • Find, purchase and install shower door. We’re having a really hard time finding a shower door to fit our oddly-narrow shower.
  • Build custom credenza for additional storage under window.

You’ve seen quite a bit of the sunroom lately, and we’re in the home stretch! Here’s what we have left to do over the next few months:

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Finish spraying insulation.
  • Insulate concrete to make a 4-season room rather than 3-season room.
  • Wire electrical.
  • Hire out drywall.
  • Paint woodwork.
  • Mask off trim and paint walls.
  • Source flooring options. We’d love to simply paint the concrete, but aren’t sure this is the best long-term solution.
  • Trim.
  • Install speakers for interior and exterior.
  • Build custom bench seating.
  • Craft cushions for bench seating and upstairs reading nook.
  • Source ladder for reading nook access.
  • Install lighting and planters.
  • Source, purchase and install window treatments.
  • Decorate away!

OK, the basement scares me, to be totally honest. We haven’t touched this space (other than to build projects in Ken’s wood shop) since we completed the mold remediation process nearly two years ago. This one’s a long shot, but we’d love to tackle a big chunk of the below list sometime before the end of the year.

Renovation Photos- Erin Loechner
  • Clean out and reorganize basement.
  • Purchase and install new electrical box.
  • Temporarily support ceiling and begin removing load-bearing walls.
  • Install ceiling beams.
  • Design and frame out floor plan (to include entertainment room, theater and wood shop).
  • Design lighting plan and run electrical accordingly (including video/audio wiring).
  • Insulate space.
  • Create and execute sound-deadening plan for theater.
  • Hire out drywall (including staircase).
  • Frame theater screen wall.
  • Trim.
  • Purchase and install carpet.
  • Hang door and trim to wood shop.
  • Decorate away!

Whew! As you see, we have a crazy workload ahead of us. What’s on your house to do list this year? Any remodeling projects in the works? Surely we’re not the only ones!


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21 Responses

  1. viktorya says:

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  3. kelsey says:

    You are so persistent! Lots of things left to do — good luck!

  4. Martha says:

    Thanks for the home update with pictures! You have done so much with the space. I really loved the view from the kitchen into your cozy living room–the pillar is a really unusual feature but it seems so perfect for your house.

  5. erin loechner says:

    Thank so much, friends!

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  7. Dana says:

    I love your unique taste! Love the Dining room!

  8. Willie says:

    I have old subway tiles in the bottom half of the bathroom is there a way for me to paint or restore
    the tiles, we plan to put mosaic tiles on the top or a ceramic, I just want to try and save the subway
    tiles since they are the original tiles in the home.

  9. Bathroom looks amazing same with the bedroom! Have fun with your finishing!!!

  10. Alicia Simpson says:

    Every room has unique ambiance especially the kitchen and master bedroom. I like the entire work done on flooring. Its like Home Sweet Home. Very Nice…

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