New for 2016: An Actual Punchlist!

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.

Building Systems

zone valves 1

  • 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.20160101_144555
  • 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.

Front Bedroom


  • 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.

Upstairs hall


  • 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.

12 thoughts on “New for 2016: An Actual Punchlist!

  1. infinitequery

    Good Grief ! This is a punch list? This is the next 3 Christmases and 7 cases of Beer and as many friends as you can kidnap into your lair… Beer,Pizza and Work,,,,,,Work first-Beer+Pizza last.


  2. Mary Elizabeth

    Well, it does seem daunting, but on the other hand, it’s mostly finish carpentry and nothing like the problems you have been dealing with the past two (?) years. I think it will be satisfying for you to check things off your list.

    Your house looked so finished when you posted the photo on New Year’s Eve. Hope you had a good time and relaxed for an evening.


    1. Chad's Crooked House Post author

      You’re probably talking about the doors that are stained dark. Restoring them nearly cost me my sanity and they are my pride and joy, even with a few bits of paint left on them. I have several styles of salvaged doors throughout the house and the ones I’m painting are already painted and/or have paint grade plywood panels.

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      1. Katie Bee

        Phew! Yes, I was. And I feel your pain. I have a few doors in my house where those bits of paint left in the cracks are reminders of all the work that went into them. Plenty more work to do on that end too. I get really anxious when people talk about painting gorgeous woodwork. 😉


      2. Chad's Crooked House Post author

        Well the doors that aren’t peeling at all I assume had never been varnished. The ones I stripped were nasty because the paint adhered poorly. And I stripped one door to repaint and it was a bear to get it all off


  3. CindyH

    do you really need to paint the closet shelves?
    Since I am reading in reverse chronological order, I’ve already seen a good deal of this “punched” off. Way to go!



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