Moving on to the house

This weekend, we finished up yard work for the fall and officially started our indoor projects. In terms of outside work, we had one last spot in the front/side yard to weed. After weeding, we transplanted the last of the pachysandra to the front of the of the side yard. In the spring, we’ll put in a paver path down the side of the house and let the pachysandra fill in.

side yard after weeding 11/7/15

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Halloween odds and ends

We spent Halloween weekend working around the weather. The result was a weekend full of several little projects. First, we did some shopping. Well, not actual shopping because we didn’t buy anything, but we visited a kitchen and bathroom showroom to start to get ideas. Ultimately, the plan is to completely remodel the kitchen, add a powder room, and remodel both bathrooms upstairs, so the showroom provided some great ideas about cabinetry, sinks, countertops, and even toilets. Kitchen and bathroom remodel is a bit down the road still, but it’s never too early to ironing out the plans and figuring out what you want. The next big project on our list is installing french doors in the dining room, so we also visited a home improvement center to look at different styles of french doors. We’ve settled on what type of doors we want – two swinging doors, wood, a 3-by-5 divided lights pattern, inswing hinges that allow the doors to lay as flat as possible when open, and a multi-point lock system on both doors. Now we just need to choose a manufacturer that offers all (or most) of that.

The showroom inspired us to map out the kitchen design we want and start considering where we want to place certain appliances. So we taped off the floor to get a sense of where walls and cabinets will end and where free space will begin, and we now have a rough idea of where we want the appliances.

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