To do list: update #1 (in progress)

Things have been moving along at a fair lick over at Auchenard so we thought it would be a good time to cross a few items off our original to do list.

– The Front Garden 

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  • Get some advice from a gardener/ tree surgeon about all the trees around and on the property to check there is no risk of harm to the house.
  • Cut the grass and trim all the foliage around the pathway and front wall.
  • Cut back the trees to increase the light and view at the front of the house.
  • Mulch and plant the planting beds along the front lawn.
  • Repaint all exterior woodwork on front door.
  • Consider re-doing or recovering the walkway from the front gate to front door.
  • Add pot pots around front of house (using my parent’s home for inspiration).
  • Replace the exterior up-lighting.

– The side drive –

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  • Remove all the undergrowth
  • Add weedkiller
  • In my wildest dreams get the Council to take responsibility for it.

– The Porch –

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  • Strip and repaint the porch.
  • Repaint the inner door and replace locks and door hardware.
  • Clean up the hanging lantern. This suffered an unfortunate incident with an overzealous workman cleaning up and a skip. We’ll need to look out for a new lantern.
  • Add a new door mat and ‘landing strip’ area for mail and shoes.

– The Hall –

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  • Remove the old carpet from the hallway and stairs.
  • Remove wallpaper on walls and replaster.
  • Rewire electrics
  • Remove woodchip wallpaper on the ceilings and replaster.
  • Remove the kitchen sliding door.
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards and the stairs.
  • Add a stair runner.
  • Add rugs.
  • Replace the second light fixture.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Hang pictures/ paintings.
  • Add sideboard or table near entrance way.

– The Living Room –

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  • Remove the old carpet.
  • Remove the curtains and net curtains.
  • Rewire electrics.
  • Remove wallpaper on walls and replaster.
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Add a wood burning stove.
  • Add furniture.
  • Add floor rugs.
  • Hang pictures/ paintings.

– The Dining Room / Office 

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  • Remove all the leftover furniture & gift to charity.
  • Remove the old carpet.
  • Remove the curtains.
  • Replaster artex walls.
  • Remove woodchip wallpaper on ceiling and replaster.
  • Add extra sockets for all Stuart’s gizmos.
  • Add central light (it is currently just loose wires!)
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Add furniture.

– The Kitchen –

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  • Strip all the wood panelling and tiling.
  • Remove kitchen fittings.
  • Remove the curtains.
  • Design and order kitchen.
  • Full kitchen renovation.
  • Consider flooring options – maybe tile since there is a lot of wood action going on elsewhere. *We have 7m2 of wood left over from our first home renovation so we may repurpose that in the kitchen of Auchenard.
  • Replace / refresh the kitchen door and external door.
  • Replace two windows with double glazing.
  • Add blinds/ curtains?
  • Choose light fixtures – this ceiling is lower than for the rest of the house so we can’t replicate our current pendant lighting but I am not a fan of strip lighting.

– The Master Bedroom –

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  • Remove all the leftover furniture & gift to charity.
  • Remove the old carpet.
  • Remove the curtains.
  • Remove wallpaper on walls and replaster.
  • Remove woodchip wallpaper on ceiling and replaster.
  • Replace light fixture.
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Add furniture, curtains etc.

– Dressing room / spare bedroom 

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  • Remove bed, furnishings, and light shade moonlighting as Casper the friendly ghost.
  • Demolish the built in wardrobe that creates a wardrobe into the master bedroom.
  • Open up the joining door to create a walk through dressing room.
  • Strip wallpaper on ceiling and walls
  • Replaster
  • Paint
  • Replace trim around adjoining door to bedroom.
  • Figure out best use of the space. We’ve got large wardrobes at the minute but are considering something built –in.

– Master Guest Room 

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  • Get rid of curtains, built in wardrobes and psychedelic carpet.
  • Remove wallpaper on walls and replaster.
  • Remove woodchip wallpaper on ceiling and replaster.
  • Replace light fixture.
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Add furniture, curtains etc. Maybe get a king bed for this room?

–  Second Guest Room 

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  • Get rid of curtains, wardrobes, bed and purple rug.
  • Remove wallpaper on walls and replaster. * this has been partially started so we don’t get to strike it out just yet.
  • Remove woodchip wallpaper on ceiling and replaster.
  • Replace light fixture.
  • Sand and varnish the floorboards.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Add furniture, curtains etc.

– The Bathroom –

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  • Completely redo the bathroom as pink tiles with lines are not our style.
  • Remove wood planks from ceiling.
  • Remove large spotlights.
  • Remove tiles and bathroom fittings.
  • Rearrange the footprint to see if we can insert a super large shower and iron cast freestanding bath. I hear the floor might also need reinforced. *Update – we have ordered the bathroom fixtures.
  • Choose tiles.
  • Make sure the neighbours can’t see in (!) – wooden blinds?

-Upstairs Hallway –

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  • Rip up the old carpet (is this sounding all very familiar?)
  • Maybe new door knobs or even new doors down the line? Most aren’t in great shape and need repainted. * Update we have found out that the doors are original doors and we have found a specialist who dips doors into paint remove and then restores them. We are looking into costings for this.
  • Make sure the roofer makes the roof water tight then re-plaster ceiling.
  • Get stained glass window cleaned up. Check that it’s watertight.
  • Remove the wallpaper (7 metres high in some places!)
  • Remove the door to nowhere and add shelving?

– Pool Room / Old office space –

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*Update: we need to get a building warrant to remove the wall as it is load bearing.So we’ve added these stages to the list below*

  • This is where Stuart’s dreams come true. Knocked through it will be a huge long room with plenty of storage space.
  • There are only two small windows so we’ll need to add excellent lighting in here as well as new radiators.
  • So what are we going to do?….. Create a media room!
  • Identify where projector and electrical items are going to go and make sure room is all wired up.
  • Identify if wall is  a load bearing wall. 
  • If load bearing engage a architect to create drawings for building warrant process. 
  • Engage structural engineer to advise on required steel beam and so on.
  • Apply for building warrant.
  • Carry out works: remove wall, install beam, recover and replaster.
  • Strip and replaster wallpaper on ceiling and walls.
  • Paint walls, ceilings and skirting boards.
  • Get a massive sectional sofa, put in Stuart’s tv and a fridge – media room complete.

– The Cellar –

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  • Check for damp
  • Have damp specialists in to advise on corrective action.
  • Get ‘er fixed.
  • Remove leftover items.
  • Remove shelves (they are warped and in bad condition)
  • Create an organised storage solution so it doesn’t become a dumping ground!

– The Garage –

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  • Replace garage doors
  • Finish the interior of the garage and create storage areas.

– Laundry Area in Garage –

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  • Remove old appliances. 
  • Install replacement sink area.
  • New appliances
  • New counter and cabinets & clothes sorting area.

– General Whole House Ideas –

  • Replace electrical wiring. *Update: the first fit out has happened so there are wires everywhere! I am half striking this out.
  • Replace central heating system including all pipes, radiators and boiler.
  • Upgrade bulbs to LEDs to save energy
  • Replace light switches and socket covers.
  • Replace doors?
  • Get someone to inspect all the chimneys for soundness.
  • Install new alarm & then disconnect old alarm. *We have gotten quotes for the alarm so have instructed electrician to proceed.

– The Back Garden 

  • Get my parents over for some expert gardening advice
  • Take it from there!
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