Today is Day 100 of our 100 days of Home Improvement. No, we did not do Home Improvement related stuff for 100 days straight. Some days we took breaks, took rest days because one of us was sick, did our hobbies, went on dates, went on vacation, and basically just lived.
Not only it’s been a 100 days of Home Improvement but more like 100 days of being homeowners. It’s been an interesting experience and it’s far different from being a renter — that deserves another list on its own.
Lessons learned on doing home improvement:
1. Home improvement is a lot of work (obviously).
2. It’s also very expensive — more expensive than a our wedding which we gladly did not splurge on.
3. Identify your strengths and see what you can DIY and then…
4. Do a cost analysis for every project to see if DIY is worth it or hire a professional.
5. Please, please open your mind and and don’t commit to one contractor, one color, one layout, etc. Get to know ALL your options. You’ll find out it is not about the cheapest price being the best, but the best quality for the best price. We’ve seen some terrible craftsmanship and terrible reviews at high(er than reasonable) prices, so keep shopping.
6. Take your time — The last few days, I finally came up with an idea how our dining area would look like. I already put together what furniture and artwork to buy. The issue is what paint to get.
Upcoming home projects for 2015 (DIY or contract):
1. Landscape the parking strip – This will be DIY. Though LA approved planting vegetables, I got something else in mind. Maybe I’ll leave a tiny section of the parking strip for community garden. I already started by removing a lot of the grass and weeds — however much I can fill the green bin. I’ve got some ways to go. The green bin is too full.
2. Replace all the grass with mulch — we don’t have a lot of grass in either side of the yard.
3. Deck area – Khoi will do 100% of the pavers
4. Do the electrical – This will be a contract work
5. Remove the palm trees – Our front yard is crowded with trees — we’ll keep the Christmas tree and the lime tree. The palm trees look really off.
6. Furnish our dining area – My husband approved my rendering. Friendsgiving at our house!
7. Create an art space – I know the perfect place to hang some art I’ve been eye-ing. It would be even more perfect when we open the wall.