remember when i mentioned how an idea of ours turned from a little goal to a great big beast of a project?
i have a feeling there will be a few more projects like that in my near future.
project 1: landscaping
originally, we just wanted to plant something in an empty plantable area inside of our screen in the backyard. (we have a screen surrounding our pool and patio area, A.K.A. the pool cage – as if the pool were going to escape without it.) we cleared out the space, talked to a neighbor about acquiring extra ground-cover plant of his that grows well but isn’t too much like a weed, and were ready to get planting once we had a nice free weekend lined up.
now Hubby’s got it in his head that we should re-do all the landscaping inside our screened-in pool area. not only should we move all the rocks (previous owners used rock instead of mulch for ground cover) from inside the screen to the side of the house (to add to our boat-parking area), but we should also remove 2 palm trees (1 inside the screen and 1 outside), move 3 bushes from inside the screen to just outside the screen, remove a bush that’s outside the screen, and remove more than a dozen iterations of some weird grassy-bushy-ground cover. oh, and then we need to fill in all that cleared-out space with NEW plants and NEW ground cover. yeah.
i don’t disagree on any given point. i actually like the idea of a low-maintenance landscape that’s also easy on the eye. but that just sounds like a LOT of work. and we’re only 2 people, 1 of which has to watch the LO at all times… that’s a lot to take on, ya know?
and if that wasn’t enough, there’s also:
project 2: the master bath
we’ve already tackled a couple of big projects in the master bath (the leaky shower and moving the towel bars), but those only served to make us want more. i’d be happy with re-doing the flooring, figuring out what to do with the weird vanity space next to my sink, and maybe doing something about the GIANT mirrors that are so typical of builder homes.
but Hubby has his own ideas about what could happen in there. he wants to take out all the cabinetry (and repurpose them into a base for an improved work bench in the garage) and the cheap-o laminate counters and replace them with a cabinet layout that makes more sense and counters that aren’t crazy cheap and ugly. he wants to rip out the tile surrounding the tub (which we almost never use) and re-do it with tile that matches what we put in the shower. and all of this requires removing the giant mirrors, removing my medicine cabinet, swapping out the light fixture over my sink, and let’s not forget about re-doing the floors.
don’t get me wrong, i dont’ oppose any of his plans. i think they each have potential. but i feel like he’s ready to rip things out before we know what we’ll replace them with and i just don’t want another 9 month renovation on my hands (at least, i think that’s how long it took for us to finish the master shower; i don’t remember now).
and project 3: the front door
our front door has many issues. we never changed the locks after buying the house (bad idea since we had neighbors and random cleaning ladies dropping by with spare keys for a month or so after moving in) and the weather stripping lets in (and out) all sorts of weather and creatures including spiders, bugs, and even lizards.
but instead of just switching out the locks and re-doing the weather-stripping, we’re worried that we’ll just end up doing it all again. a french door style entry door (2 doors wide) is notoriously bad when it comes to weather stripping.
so now the little door hardware and weather-stripping project we originally envisioned is becoming a much bigger project. the new door we’d like to get is a single door with 2 ‘sidelites’ which would require making the opening a bit narrower. we can’t quite decide on a style of door or window glass that we both love yet. and then there’s the problem of getting the entire door-replacement done in 1 day (so we don’t compromise our home’s security). *sigh*
what big projects are looming over you?