This Year's Project

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For those that don’t know, we have been trying to do a project or two every year on our house.

First year was the living room, including a new window. We gutted the living room down to the studs and put in some headers, insulated, redid the electrical, and ran a ton of Ethernet and coax cabling. You can find pictures here.

Last year, we redid our roof on all the 1 story tall parts. You can find pictures here. We also redid the plumbing in the house (not sewage). Though it may sound like a daunting task, it really wasn’t. We used this stuff called PEX (cross-linked polyethelene). Combine the materials with the fact there really isn’t much plumbing in the house and you end up with a 24 hour project for 2 people. You can see a picture here.

This year, we had talked about redoing the rest of the roof, but we are a little short on cash. That means it’s going to be a “finish up the old projects” year, with a couple little new projects. We put in a whole-house humidifier (pic here). We also put in a new flower bed/garden in the back. (I’ll bug Anne to do a post and put up some pictures.) We also put 2 little beds flanking the front sidewalk. We still plan to replace a couple pickets in the back fence and either paint or stain the fence and the deck. The thing I want to do is put in chicken wire at the bottom of the fence going around the backyard to keep the rabbits out. Though that may sound fairly expensive, we waited until the last minute to get the plants, so they’re all on sale. Platteville also takes the tree branches they collect during the year and chip them and offer the wood chips to the community, so the mulch was free. We are also planning to finish up the bookshelf/bench in the living room, the stairs going upstairs, pulling the old plumbing out, and putting the flashing back on the roof.

Besides all this, we want to have a party. Anne and I had our five year anniversary this year. Unfortunately, right around the 6th of April was when we were dealing with the miscarriage, so we weren’t in the mood to celebrate. If we can’t host a big party, we are at least hoping to get together with people. The big thing preventing it is weddings… and I thought I was done with having them every weekend.