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Outdoor Tour 2013

As is the tradition, each year we like to take a video camera and walk around the house to capture what’s been done outside (and what’s still desperately waiting to be tackled – which is almost everything at our new house). You can see last year’s here, and the one from 2011 here. And by “we take a video camera” I mean “John takes a video camera” because I’ve been banned from holding any sort of recording device since I tend to Blair Witch everyone (yup, it’s a verb when I do it).

Enough jibber jabber. Let’s walk around the house together:

Hopefully that little video answers the “what’s going on outside?” questions from you guys and gives you a better lay of the land. As for our outdoor plans, there are a bunch of them listed here (they’re not at all fleshed out, but we’ll research/plan/think through each one as we get to it).

And since a not-actually-to-scale lot sketch has also become a tradition of ours, here’s one of those for our new house:

The funny thing about our new house is definitely how the lot is oriented (since we’re on the end of a cul-de-sac, we describe our land sort of like a baseball diamond) but it’s also pretty amusing to us that all three of our houses have had really similar lot sizes. They’ve all been “almost an acre” – but our first lot was long and skinny…

… while the second one was sort of square-ish (this one’s really not to scale since the house looks as big as a Target shopping center).

The other funny comparison for us is digesting that our last house and this house were almost exactly the same square footage (they’re within 60 square feet of each other) yet the lot just looks so different from the outside. We’re used to having a pretty low-lying house that almost blends in with the woods. But instead of an 1,000 square foot addition that’s hiding off the back of the house (which was the way our second house was set up), the new house has a second floor that’s in plain sight from the street, which makes it look a lot bigger and stand out a lot more from the curb.

One other sort of cool, full-circle moment was gaining a double garage. We had one at our first house, and of course had the carport in our last house, but it’s really nice to go back to a two car garage – just so that John’s workshop can be right off of the house (instead of walking around the back of our second house and down the exterior stairs into a separate entry basement).

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by MayRicherFullerBe by Tina by hannaschelling by lcraig1027

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Listy VonListerson: Updated

These posts came about when people asked how we organize all the stuff that we have on our to-do list and we explained that we basically have one long run-on document that we update as we go. Back in May when we first shared this list, we didn’t get to cross anything off. But now that it has been a few months, some requests for an updated version rolled in and I was all “No, please dont make me cross things off!” Just kidding. I was all “Lemme at it! Ohmanohman I love crossing things off!” Picture the dog’s reaction in those Beggin’ strips commercials. And guess how many lines I got to make?  43. Which happens to by my favorite number from the days of beepers (anyone else still use 143?). Basically this post is a mythical unicorn and lists are my catnip.

- The Front Yard (10% Complete) -


To Do:

- The Portico (25% Complete) -

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- The Garage (0% Complete) -

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- The Foyer (35% Complete) -

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- The Half Bathroom (30% Complete) -

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- The Dining Room (5% Complete) -


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- The Living Room (5% Complete) -

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- The Office (7% Complete) -

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- The Kitchen (3% Complete) -

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- The Sunroom (10% Complete) -

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- The Master Bedroom (10% Complete) -

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- The Master Bathroom (5% Complete) -

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- The Master Closet (0% Complete) -

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-Upstairs Hallway (60% Complete) -

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- Clara’s Room (20% Complete) -

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- Spare Room/Possible Someday Nursery (10% Complete) -

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- The Guest Bedroom / Craft Room (10% Complete) -

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- The Hall Bathroom (5% Complete) -

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- Laundry Nook (10% Complete) -

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- Unfinished Storage Room (0% Complete) -

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- General Whole House Ideas (0% Complete) -

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- The Back Deck (20% Complete) -

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- The Backyard (0% Complete) -

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But don’t look at this crazytown list and cry for me Argentina. By some strange evolutionary glitch, we’re hopelessly in love with the act of upgrading a house (we did this stuff for fun far before we did this as an actual job). So the journey is actually a lot more exciting than the destination is for us (more on that here). We’ve also learned that taking things one day/project/victory at a time keeps us from getting too overwhelmed. And have I mentioned how much I like to cross things off?

As for the method to our “project order,” we just do whatever we’re in the mood for (barring anything that needs to be moved to the top of the list for safety or other extreme-urgency reasons). And we jump around a lot. At this very moment, we’re thinking that we’d love to tackle these things next:

So those are on deck for ya. How do you guys manage your house to-do lists? Apps? One run-on handwritten list? A multi-colored spreadsheet? (Don’t laugh, that would be John’s idea of a good time.)

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