Home Goals 2013

I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions, but there is a list that’s been building in my head for some time now. It is the Home Goals 2013 list.

After having most of last year sucked up by the basement-renovation-that-never-ends, my plan for this year is to avoid any other massive all-consuming projects. However, as you can probably imagine, there are a few to-dos I’d like to accomplish.

1. Landscaping. This is going to be the big one this year. As I’ve noted, we didn’t do any landscaping in 2012, so there is a huge need to get on top of the situation outside. However, with 129 acres of property, we will have to prioritize where we spend our energy.

  • Reestablish the flowerbeds around the house. Some will have to be rebuilt. Some will be extended. Everything will have to be weeded.
  • Level old fire pits at the top of the driveway and plant grass seed.
  • Build new fire pit close to the pond.
  • Tidy the east shore of the pond. The brush grew so thick over the past year that I can only access about ten feet of shoreline. Chainsaws and perhaps a bush hog will be required.
  • Put in a garden on the turnaround. This pile of dirt and rubble and weeds is approximately the size of a suburban backyard. A big lush flowerbed sounds like a better plan than mowing any additional grass.
A lush garden with a brick path winding through it

I’m going with inspirational photos for this post, rather than reality. A lush garden with a brick path winding through it would be perfect for the turnaround. Source.

2. Painting.

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Main floor hallway

3. Living room fireplace. A wood burning fireplace was high on my wish list when we bought the house. We have one, but it needs a little work to make it exactly what I want.

  • Replace the woodstove-esque insert with an open hearth one.
  • Reface with fieldstone.
  • Put up a new rustic wood mantle.
Stone fireplace with wood mantle

4. Laundry room. The final section of the basement needs to be brought up to our new and improved standard.

  • Fix the leaky foundation wall.
  • Paint.
  • DIY a fun light fixture.
  • Build a drying rack.

A few other things will sneak in there, I’m sure, but here’s hoping 2013 brings slightly more time for enjoying rather than always working the farm.

How do you feel about resolutions? Do you have any home goals for 2013? The nester, the champion of annual home goals, published her list last week. It’s a bit more philosophical than mine. I think I’m still at the stage of working on the underlying form for our house and property. Once I have that established, I’ll build in a bit more philosophy.

7 thoughts on “Home Goals 2013

  1. This is the season to plan those gardens, but when you walk into the garden centre.

    You sure picked some beautiful photos to explain your concept. Wow. I even love the colour of the walls in the last picture. Corally, pinky, orange but they look fabulous. You have inspired me.

  2. My goal for 2013 is to double check my comments and ensure there are no typos. Above…I meant to say …this is the season to plan those gardens, not when you walk into the garden centre. Jeeze…

  3. I love the inspiration pics. That garden is amazing.

    I’m keen to see how the fireplace comes along, I have mine on the plans for this year or next. I love an open fire and want a surround to match the age of the house, not this 1980’s in wall fan forced thing. It works, but it’s ugly.

    • At least yours works! Ours is just ugly!
      My fingers are crossed that I can get the aesthetic I’m envisioning without too much hassle or money. Although, if I’m being honest, this is an area where I’m probably prepared to splurge. I’ve been six years without a fireplace, and I miss it!

  4. I had to go look up “bush hog”, and this is the post I was led to, haha! http://www.mitzenmacher.net/blog/?p=166
    Your inspiration pix are gorgeous. I can tend to be a bit philosophical at times with my list-making, but when necessary, I do get to the nitty gritty. I don’t go for big, sweeping resolutions, but rather things that I think I could accomplish reasonably. It’s too easy to make resolutions just to beat yourself over your own back with.

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