I’ve (mis)used the word before and gave you a list of basically building the whole house, but the things on this list actually seem like finishing touches to me. Even all the kitchen appliances. I’m trying to keep this list to things it really makes sense to finish, but I may call Phase 1 complete without actually finishing the whole list. I really just want to get the basic functions and then cut back on the work a lot.
So here’s the new list.
- Connect radiators, fill system, fire up the boiler. No explanation needed.
- Wire thermostats and activate zone valves. Until I do this, the heat will be controlled inaccurately from a thermostat in the basement. After, I’ll have separate thermostats in the living room and both bedrooms. The bathroom will be on whenever the heat is on anywhere else.
- Finish installing laminate countertops.
- Install sink. Procure and install faucet and drain.
- Procure and install 30 inch gas range.
- Procure refrigerator, install hinges on the left side (Most come with right side hinges but are reversible. Refrigerator must be 28 inches wide to fit through the front door, which is the smallest full size refrigerator available in the US.) Because the mini-fridge with the missing hinge pin isn’t cutting it.
- Build remaining countertop out of leftover oak. (Requires dowel or biscuit joints)
- (Optional) Install drawers in lower cabinets.
- (Optional) Procure and install dishwasher, garbage disposal, and over-the-range microwave.
- Finish painting closet shelving. Add clothes bars.
- Finish painting temporary particle board around windows. Install temporary blinds.
- Install door strike, stop molding, and door knob at entrance to room.
- Pre-paint and temporarily install trim around closet doors.
Back Bedroom Note: This list is low priority unless I find someone to rent the room. And then I’ll be scrambling to do it.)
- Sort all tools in closet and move to basement.
- Install closet door strikes and stop moldings on both doors.
- Paint closet doors, closet shelving and trim on door wall.
- Install permanent blinds, shades, and/or curtains.
Living room and General Clutter
- Count and sort kitchen items. Re-box items for yard sale and return them to parents.
- Collect all unused building materials. Shamelessly return everything for store credit.
- Install 2 remaining interior doors. Remove cardboard at entryway.
- Paint temporary particle board around front windows and install temporary blinds.
- Install panel sticking on stairway wall.
- Repair and refinish banister.
- Empty both closets. Paint closet shelving.
- Install roller catch and stop moldings on linen closet door. This door is thinner than standard and has a dummy knob.
- Install threshold and permanent stop moldings on bathroom door.
- Paint all door jambs, casings, and remaining baseboards.
- Procure and install towel bars, toilet paper holder, etc.
- Remove lathe and borrowed tools. Clean floor and walls.
- Discard duplicate paint cans. Consolidate paint to one can of each color.
- Add additional shelving as needed.
- Finish drywall at top of stairwell. Discard remaining stored drywall scraps.
- (Optional unless I get a roommate) Procure washer and dryer. Consider 24 inch appliances or local appliance dealer that will dismantle full size appliances and reassemble in basement.