Planned House Projects

Huzzah! New question in the inbox! This one comes from my friend Sarah:

I’m so excited about your new house, which makes me curious: What kinds of projects do you have planned for this house? (Or maybe you are choosing to leave it “as is.”)

I’m so glad you asked.  Seriously! because I am totally in love with my new house and I can’t wait to show it off in a middle-class consumerist kind of way. Here it is again:

1939 Tudor

We’ve got all sorts of projects planned, and we’re still having serious discussions about whether ReubensCube is the best place to share that info, or whether a new spinoff blog is in order. Houseblogs are awesome!

Because I’m all about starting new online projects with gusto and then mostly ignoring them later. Oh, and in addition to the possible new house blog, I’m also starting a new urban policy blog (this one is a group blog with a dozen other folks – more on that later).

Anyway, off the top of my head, the To Do list includes:

  • paint everything
  • kitchen remodel
  • bathroom remodel
  • construct closet shelves
  • sand wood floors
  • new tile in fireplace
  • new tile in entryway
  • refinish front door
  • jack up one side of the garage 6″ and try and level the floor
  • add a shower to the upstairs bathroom
  • add a shower to the downstairs bathroom
  • re-insulate attic
  • replace all water lines
  • fix sump pump
  • fix range hood
  • regrade exterior near foundation
  • rewire garage
  • move electric panel
  • spend time with my daughter

I just have to include the last one or else I’ll forget with all those house projects going on.

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8 thoughts on “Planned House Projects”

  1. If you decide you prefer to replace your range hood, we have a brand new one, unopened, in the box. Looking forward to all your project updates!

  2. Awesome! Your house is cute! OMG, I just saw what you are planning to do to the garage. Ugh. I just got a $41,000 quote to do that (Well, and restabilize two walls that are falling down). I hope that you can find a more affordable method. My favorite thing on the list is the last one though 🙂

  3. @Meesh – $41,000??? yikes! We were thinking a teardown and rebuild of a garage would be in the $20,000-$30,000 range. We’re hoping to just put some bandaids on the problem for about $1,000. I guess we don’t have any walls, though, so that’s different.

  4. Thanks for answering my question, Reuben! WOW. You guys have a lot planned. And I’m sorry to hear about getting hired help. Us apartment dwellers don’t even know what that means! We just call our landlord to come fix everything. That’s pretty much THE only good thing about living in an apartment!

  5. @Sarah – Thanks for asking a question!

    The renters benefit of not being responsible or liable for maintenance should not be discounted. That is an EXCELLENT benefit.

  6. I’m wondering why you have a sump pump. We had a sump pump, but our house was at least 20 feet below sea level, I mean the street. I thought sump pumps were just to pump the sewage waste up to the sewage system underneath the road if your house was below street level… So funny when you have to list things like: “jack up one side of the garage 6″ and try and level the floor”… where is your garage by the way? How do you get to it? (I don’t understand the garage situation by looking at the photo above). It’s also interesting that there’s no fence between the houses, or leading to the backyard.

  7. @Lisha – around here (MPLS), a sump pump doesn’t have anything to do with sewage – it pumps groundwater out from underneath your foundation. The pump sits in a “sump basket” (i.e. hole in the basement floor). If the groundwater rises and fills the sump basket, the pump turns on and pumps the water out. Hopefully, this keeps your basement dry.

    The garage is a detached alley-facing garage (as are virtually all garages here in MPLS). Fences are also not as common here in MN as they are out west. I grew up in NV, and everybody had a fence. Here, maybe a quarter of the yards are fenced, and even then, they’re often only waist high.

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