Our To-Do List

This is a quick way to see everything we have in store for this old house and follow along. As we complete things we'll try to keep up with linking the posts to the appropriate list items for easy finding. We'll make changes to this list as we want to, and add extra details or surprise items as they come up. The original list posting can be found here.

Winter 2013 (December-February) 

Plans Plans Plans
Design/Quote Bathroom
Window Coverings
Quote blinds and curtains
Install blinds in living room
Light Fixtures
Replace bedroom/hallway light fixtures
Gut Upstairs Bathroom
Remove mould
Discard wall tiles
Discard bathtub
Discard flooring
Discard sink
Discard vanity/cabinets
Uninstall toilet
Replace window
Discard walls/ceiling
Upstairs Bathroom
Reinsulate ceiling & exterior wall

Spring 2013 (March-May) 

Upstairs Bathroom
Sound insulate interior walls
Install new shower/tub
Install new lighting
Install new flooring
Re-install toilet
Install new cabinets
Install new sink
Install new mirror
Reconnect plumbing

Lower Yard Maintenance
Plough in garden, unwanted flower beds
Sod remaining open spaces
Build raised beds
Reshape right side flower bed to be curvier
Remove all bricks
Replace petunias with perennials
Plant hydrangeas in front flowerbed
Move peony to somewhere else away from the house
Repair front steps

Cut Insurance Rates
Have electrician address electrical issues
Correct other inspection issues
Present evidence of repairs
Brace basement stairway

Plans Plans Plans
Design/quote kitchen
Design/quote deck
Design/quote basement
Design/quote upstairs ensuite/walk-in closet
Design/quote landscaping and outdoors

Interior Doors
Remove bedroom/bathroom doors
Purchase new doors
Rehang bedroom/bathroom doors
Paint new interior doors

Summer 2013 (June-August) 

Exterior Doors
Remove exterior doors
Replace locks
Replace alarm system
Rehang exterior doors
Garage and Shed
Remove garage shed
Sod empty space
Replace garage windows
Paint garage floor
Put up shelving/cabinets in the garage
Backyard Safety and Fun
Build a gate to close off the white fence for safety
Build/Purchase a fire pit with a proper cover to meet code
Lighting solution around fire pit entertainment area
Plant privacy bushes at back of yard
Remove clothes line
Buy a barbecue

Fall 2013 

For some reason we have nothing here... apparently we're going on vacation or something

Replace living room light fixture

Winter 2014 

Moving Walls
Get any needed permits
Remove kitchen cabinets on doomed walls
Discard wood panelling in kitchen
Remove doomed kitchen/living room wall sections/closets/shelf
Place beams to in place of missing walls
Remove hardwood flooring in entryway
Remove tile in entryway
Drywall around beams/patch modified walls
Build new front closet
Patch/refinish hardwood flooring
Replace trim
Install new light fixture in entryway
Patch ceiling in hallway corner
More efficient closet shelving solutions

Garage Door Openers
Remove existing garage door openers
Install new garage door openers
Identify lighting solutions

Spring 2014 

Discard appliances
Discard kitchen sink
Discard kitchen cabinets
Discard flooring
Discard ceiling fan/patch ceiling
Patch walls/paint
Replace windows
Install new flooring from front door through kitchen to side door
Install new cabinets
Install new sink
Install new appliances (incl. larger fridge, dishwasher!)
Reconnect plumbing
Build banquette dining area
Update dining room table
Light fixture
Replace dining area light fixture

Summer 2014 

Get permits
Remove side door stairs
Remove paving stones where necessary
Install wiring
Build deck
Get outdoor living room set

Fall 2014 

Gut Basement
Get necessary permits
Discard wall coverings/wood panelling
Discard carpets
Discard shower
Discard vanity
Discard medicine cabinet
Uninstall toilet
Relocate plumbing for bathroom, laundry, upstairs ensuite
Remove doomed walls
Cut out needed window wells
Replace basement windows
Fix/insulate former cold storage room
Install sump pump
Insulate ceiling

Winter 2015 

Basement Bathroom/Bedrooms
Frame walls
Replace wiring
Rebuild ceilings/lighting
Install shower
Hang drywall
Paint/tile walls
Install flooring
Install cabinetry
Install sink
Paint doors
Rehang doors

Spring 2015 

Laundry Room
Move washer/dryer out
Frame walls
Replace wiring
Rebuild ceilings/lighting
Hang drywall
Install flooring
Install cabinetry
Install laundry sink
Move washer/dryer back in
Reconnect plumbing
Install sump pump
Remove cold storage area
Try to Forget
That, crap, I (Philip) am 30!

Summer 2015 

Exterior Façade
Get necessary permits
Remove decorative brick from facade
Build craftsman style façade
Front yard rock display with lit-up house number
Change front porch light fixture
Hot Tub
Get necessary permits
Install hot tub
Install wiring
Build deck around hot tub

Fall 2015 

Rec Room
Frame walls
Replace wiring
Rebuild ceilings/lighting
Hang drywall
Install flooring
Install needed entertainment cabinetry
Updated Living Room
Built-in bookshelves or cabinets

Winter 2016 

Ensuite/Walk-In Closet
Get necessary permits
Remove door/patch wall
Remove middle bedroom closet wall
Install door into master bedroom wall
Install door into far bedroom wall
Frame walls
Replace wiring
Install shower/tub
Rebuild ceilings/lighting
Hang drywall
Install flooring
Install cabinets
Install sink
Install mirror
Reconnect plumbing
Install closet shelving/racks

Spring 2016 

Play structure?
Higher fence?
Tree house?
Fix up garage?

Summer 2016 

Watch sports on TV
Play golf
Go for a run
Go to the cabin
Start looking for the next house


  1. That is one serious to do list. It puts mine to shame. You are planners! Good luck.

    Nice blog. I'll check back and do some more exploring.

    1. Thanks! I took a look at your blog too, definitely handier than us!