So the drywall guy is done. Another $350. Now I must purchase some paint and do a coat over his work. He did make an offer to “rock” the ceiling of my garage, only $400. That is hanging only, no taping.
While this upstairs job is going on, I am eying other projects around the house. Other jobs include:
New flooring in the office (where I am typing now). The orange shag has got to go. This office is also my mud room, so the new flooring has to handle mud, water and salt. I am leaning toward dropping in some bamboo flooring. Apparently it is relatively cheap, easy to install and looks better than faux wood laminate. This would be the test room. If it went well, I would consider installing this flooring in the two upstairs bedrooms.
Basement flooring. The idea I have for here is concrete staining or painting. Currently have brown carpeting in the basement. The carpeting is surrounding the wood burner, which I think is a bad idea. All those wood chips / saw dust falling into the carpet are a bitch to clean. Plus I am thinking potential fire hazard. With staining or painting, I can get an elegant looking and durable faux marble or granite floor. That would look great with my black walls.
Swap out the interior doors upstairs. Currently have those cheap, hollowed out doors. I would like to bring in solid, six panel, solid hardwood doors. Preferably in a lighter colored stain.
Make the storage room where the electrical box is, into a bedroom. The room is about 10′ by 12′. There is not direct heat or a closet in this room. There is an egress window, so we are legal in that regard. All I need to do here is to add a closet and open up a hole in the heat duct that is in the ceiling. For a closet, I like the idea of just buying something like this wardrobe storage unit from Ikea. I would mail order this, I really don’t care to go to Ikea. Once completed, I would have a four bedroom house. Heck, I could convert the office into a bedroom and it would be 5 bedrooms.
As mentioned, one problem with the storage room is the circuit breaker box is in there. It hums. I have discovered that it is the transformer for the doorbell that is humming. I don’t need no stinkin’ doorbell. Goes against my hermit lifestyle.
Stain or paint the porch. No small chore. This is an optional job – the porch is made out treated lumber, so it really doesn’t need another protective coating. Just doesn’t look very good.
Actually, come to think of it, all of these jobs are optional. It just would improve things dramatically around here.