Yesterday, we shared the nine big projects we completed in 2016 and today we’re sharing where we think we’re headed in 2017. Opportunities are always popping up in my inbox, so we try to leave room for those (and bringing makeovers to other people, like you!), while also knowing in the back of our mind what we would happily accomplish around here, including these 7 projects.
1. Storage Room
This one isn’t super glamorous, but it will be impactful. When we moved in, we were initially very excited about a sprawling storage room in the basement.
Fast forward 3 years, and you can’t even walk into it. The big issue here is all the shelves are about 12″ deep and equally as high which is great for food storage….and that’s about it. So we’re going to be overhauling this room to create more functional storage that will be way more useful for big storage tubs and luggage and get organized once and for all.
2. Girls’ Bathroom Downstairs
The bathroom downstairs, which will serve our girls and guests when we have them, hasn’t changed one bit. But it’s about to. This will be one of the first projects of the year for us and I’m nervous and excited. The weird truth is we’ve never gutted a bathroom before and this one needs it to make room for a tub. We’re still playing with layouts and finishes, but truly can’t wait to see this bathroom become something more. I’ve started gathering lots of inspiration on Pinterest right here.
3. Master Bathroom
We’ve also been living with the oddest master bathroom for three years now (there’s a toilet closet smack dab in the middle of the room), and while I am not terribly excited about doing two bathrooms in one year, the potential is motivating. We’ve gone back and forth about keeping the tub or just doing one large shower (we’re not really bath people), but recently we realize how frustrating it is not to have a bath downstairs right now, we think, in the future, it could feel that way in here, too. The whole room, and adjoining master closet, feel like a big puzzle we’re going to take our time to piece together in a way that makes a lot more sense with far less corners jutting into the space.
4. Playhouse Under Stairs
At the bottom of the stairs, in the basement, there’s a door that leads to storage (see arrow). It’s mostly old baby clothes and gear–something that definitely doesn’t need an entire closet and area under the stairs, especially when we get the storage room up to par. So wouldn’t it be so fun to make a little clubhouse for the kids there?
I’ve been getting lots of ideas, and while our stairs aren’t oriented like this, I love the idea of making the door smaller? Have a window (so we can see inside)? Wallpaper. Lighting. And Faye insists on no spiders. So that, too.
5. Landscaping in Front of Fence
A couple years ago, we added a fence to our property, but would love to add a lot of pretty landscaping in front of it this year.
What projects are on your calendar for this year?!
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