I just finished mopping my kitchen floor since I'm doing a few hours of work from home and man is it ugly. Nealy 27 years of things banging, shoes walking, and kids playing have taken a toll. There are divots where canned goods and knifes fell. The sink and counter screams stock house, circa 1988. The cupboards, while outdated oak for most people, I still love. The hardware, not so much. The whole kitchen needs a paint job, and the windows, while very sound and functional after they were replaced about 11 years ago after significant storm damage, are covered by the same ugly blinds and valance put up in 1991.
The downstairs bathroom still needs repairs to the wall and some more storage. The upstairs bathroom really should be gutted and redone completely. These are my make do pictures before DD2's confirmation party last year. We need new carpeting, though I'd prefer hardwood, on the upstairs for the three bedrooms. DD2 needs a new closet door. We need some sort of flooring in the office, DD1's old bedroom, and think it makes sense to continue the planking from the family room.I would be satisfied with a decent carpet remnant to keep costs down now that we no longer have any water issues. That, new gutters, along with the family room floor, and the driveway, were 2016 expenses, totally over $10,000 but had to be done.
Last, but not least is the awful deck and back yard. These will need to wait until spring of 2019, prior to throwing a grad party. Isn't that when major work always happens, to get ready to host a big event?
DH and I have some careful planning to do. My budget towards home improvement is only $9,000. Technically, we haven't begun to save for any of this, other than our starting pot of money for all our big spending plans for 2018. With hosting Easter, it would be lovely to have all things done, but time nor cash flow will be in our favor. I've done the first step, created a notebook where we can start storing quotes and pricing material. I've got someone coming on January 15th to give me a quote for a bathroom redo and to do basic kitchen floor and counter upgrade. I hope I don't faint. I'll keep you all posted as decisions are made and work begins.