12 Home Improvement Projects for 2012

2 Jan

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family. Here at House to Home, we’ve made a few personal resolutions, but I’m more excited to share the 12 home improvement projects we’re determined to complete in 2012:

  1. Get curtains for the living room. This was actually my Christmas present from Husband, so the ball’s in my court. I’m going to work with my mom (an amazing seamstress) to get them made in the next few months.
  2. Add insulation to the attic. We recently added attic access (say that 3 times fast)  in our media room and discovered that the builders decided to skip the tiny detail of adding insulation to that section of the house. And now we know why the media room has such extreme temperature swings.
  3. Clean out the flower beds. Our flower beds are an absolute disaster. In addition to being overgrown with grass, when we had the foundation repaired, many of the bushes died. It would be nice to do a complete landscape makeover, but that is not going to happen this year.
  4. Install a new ceiling fan in our extra bedroom. The ceiling fan in our extra bedroom (aka the one we haven’t decorated) has seen better days. We’ve already bought the replacement, so I’m predicting this will be the first project we complete.
  5. Clean all the window sills and baseboards. I’m ashamed to admit that we haven’t done this for the majority of the house.
  6. Organize our guest bedroom closets. Both closets in our two upstairs bedrooms are filled to the brim with miscellaneous items that we either couldn’t find a place for or didn’t want to part with. With our newly discovered attic space, now’s the perfect time to clean them out.
  7. Hang the TV above our fireplace. Husband got a new toy for the media room (more on this later), so we’re moving our TV down to the living room.
  8. Donate our patio furniture. The one thing we downsized when moving into our house was the size of our patio. We barely have one, and it’s certainly not enough room to house our patio furniture from the apartment. Husband is tired of moving it around every time he has to mow, so he’s especially looking forward to accomplishing this one!
  9. Hang shutters on the front of the house. The second-story window on the front of our house has 2 quaint shutters that are badly in need of a stain. We also want to add identical shutters to the first-floor windows to give our house an inexpensive face lift.
  10. Build an ottoman for our bedroom seating area. More on this later, but I’m going to create a DIY ottoman. This will be my biggest project to date!
  11. Finish the flower beds around our trees. Husband got a great start on this in the fall, but we need to put the final touches on it once it warms up.
  12. Organize the garage. Husband has a master plan for his “man area,” which I’m more than happy to let him handle. I’ve heard him mention plastic drawers, a work bench, and ladder hooks. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

What’s on your honey-do list for 2012?

4 Responses to “12 Home Improvement Projects for 2012”

  1. Christi Foust at 3:25 pm #

    Once again very inspired by this blog! We always talk about the things we want to do to the house but we recently backed out of plans for a trip to Germany so we could fix things around the house and I think making an official list would be a good step in getting those done! What patio furniture do you have? We would LOVE to take it off your hands if we think its something we may use!

    • House to Home at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks, Christi! Best of luck in your projects. We have a friend that wants the patio furniture, but if he doesn’t take it, I’ll be sure to let you know.

  2. Dad at 12:37 pm #

    NOTE: the list will grow w/ time…trust me 😉

    • House to Home at 6:00 pm #

      I’m sure it will!

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