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It’s fall!

The leaves are starting to change colors here in Minnesota, the nights are getting cool and the best of all, the mosquitoes are tapering down. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to head outside our house without ten pounds of bug spray on!

Another positive about venturing into a new season? We are entering into what some may call ‘the home stretch’ in terms of The Home Renovation Part One.

And by ‘home stretch,’ I mean ‘our list is no longer on three pages, leading to seventeen other things and the light at the end of the tunnel is larger than a pinhole.’

Here’s the rundown of what we have left and what we’re hoping to check off the list by spring.

The Entryway


  • Install the new window
  • Build built-ins for the west facing wall
  • Add a plank wall and paint
  • Install overhead lighting


The Guest Bathroom

guest bathroom tile

  • Finish sheet rocking and mudding the walls
  • Install the new shower, move the toilet and the vanity
  • Tile the floor
  • Install the door and frame
  • Add trim to the door


The Mudroom


  • Install the exterior door for the garage
  • Finish mudding the ceiling and walls
  • Add trim to the window and doors
  • Finish sheet rocking and mudding the closet
  • Install the dryer and washing machine
  • Box-in the exposed pipe


Guest Bedroom #1


  • Add trim to the windows
  • Finish mudding the ceiling and walls
  • Make and install a barn door
  • Finish sheet rocking and mudding the closet


Guest Bedroom #2


  • Add trim to the windows
  • Install the door and frame
  • Finish sheet rocking and mudding the closet
  • Install ceiling lights


Miscellaneous Other Items

  • Move the propane thank
  • Move the electrical boxes
  • Finish the furnace/duct work
  • Change over the plumbing

Then of course, there is the ‘only in my dreams, but secretly hoping it’ll happen’ list which includes painting the mudroom, guest bedrooms and entryway; deciding on flooring for the guest bedrooms; and getting the footings down for the garage.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of tackling all this over the next six months, but then I think about having real rooms and how much fun it is going to be to walk into a house and not immediately see exposed sheetrock and drywall laying around. It’s the little things, right?

So here’s to checking those items off the list and navigating our way through the unexpected surprises that’ll pop up along the way. Because if there is one thing we’ve learned over the past six months, it’s that nothing ever goes according to plan. 🙂

All our best,


1 Comment

  1. Sabrina

    You guys have made so much progress on your home! I know those lists can get intimidating especially since you need to finish five other projects before you can start with the actual project. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to see your progress!


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