Well 2015 was a great year even though I wasn't able to do some of the things I had planned to.
2016 began with a new addition to my family. Meet Izzy (Isabelle) everyone!
She is approximately 3 months old and had a rocky start to her life. She was found with her littermates discarded at the side of a road in a cardboard box. Two of the pups had already expired in the cold and the rest had bad worms and the worst lice the vets had ever seen. She is a bit underweight still and small for 3 months. She's only 10 pounds! From the look of some of the pups, there is husky or Finnish lapphund in the mix and the rest look like border collies. Izzy is a little darling!
Bear with me as I go through her first few months living here. I won't have much time for DIY projects...
That being said, I do have three big projects planned for this year. I am definitely ripping a wider opening in the wall between the living and dining rooms - remember this was on last year's list but I had to fix the front entry instead when the ceiling began leaking.
I have decided to reposition the opening as well. So the new opening will be where the TV is right now and I plan to leave open the spaces between the studs on either side of the new opening. It will look something like this although I won't have windows so the sidelights will look much wider than this.
Then I'll be able to swap the living room and dining room spaces. I intend to pull up all the laminate flooring to expose the original fir floors while I'm doing this work. Let's hope they're in good condition! At any rate, the laminate isn't in good condition so it will have to be replaced either way.
Next big job is finishing my landscaping but that is more grunt labour than expense.
Here's my new front porch.
The garden will take over all the lawn you see in the above photo and there will be a pathway going all around it to the gate on the left hand side of the house.
Last big job is a new deck for my master bedroom (not doing this one myself!). I have two decks in my back yard, a large one off the mudroom and a pimple of a deck off the master bedroom. The master bedroom deck looks like it came from some other house and was slapped in place as a temporary measure. This year I am hiring a carpenter to build a much wider and deeper deck that will meet up with the mudroom deck so that you have only one step down to the master bedroom deck and one step down to the yard.
Since this deck isn't going to address my need for shading the garden door from the sun or protecting it from the cold in the winter (not a well insulated door!), I am going to build a tiny porch enclosure for the door and the inevitable platform I will need to step down from the door to the new deck. I found this inspiration:
and then there's this one
and I love love love this one
Anyway, that's the direction I'm headed in.
The other major job that my neighbours have planned, is to replace this oh-so-lovely fence that separates us:
If that project goes ahead this year as planned, I will be DELIGHTED! Plus it means that 90% of my landscaping/hardscaping work will be done.
Hope you tag along for the fun. Izzy wants to get to know you!
Happy New Year everyone!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!