The funny thing is, despite the stressful & exhausting aspects of this move, I still am happy to sit and watch renovation shows on HGTV. Sign of a true addict, I guess.
So what has been done?
In the house ...
everywhere: new wiring, fresh white paint.
kitchen: remove 100 square feet of heavy rock applied to the wall; remove diner counter embedded in rock; remove broom cupboard; remove blinds; remove cabinet doors and re-paint, hinge, and hang; rebuild termite-eaten wall; new flooring; new countertop & sink; new entry door & security door; two new light fixtures; privacy film on window. YET TO DO: mount shelf & towel bar over sink; hang paper-towel holder; mount shelves on opposite wall.
craft room, morning room, hall, den, and bedroom: tear out carpet; tear out dilapidated original wood flooring; repair original subfloor; cover with plywood; recycled-rubber underlayment; new laminate flooring; new baseboards.
hall: remove old doors from built-in storage; seal floor at the bottom of the built-in; paint drawer fronts. YET TO DO: paint new doors, hinge & hang.
craft room & morning room: remove old gas heater; turn cavity into display niche; remove blinds; color on two walls; two new light fixtures; new window heat/AC unit; privacy film on windows; drapery.
bedroom: remove blinds; remove doors to built-in cupboard over closet; remove closet sliding doors; open up and fix and close up one wall; color on three walls; new ceiling fan; new closet light; new door; curtain system for closet; privacy film on window; drapery. YET TO DO: paint new doors for built-in storage over closet, hinge & hang.
den: remove not just blinds but the ghastly window; remove doors to built-in cupboard over closet; remove closet sliding doors; color on three walls; new ceiling fan; glass slider; security doors; added power outlet; curtain system for closet; drapery. YET TO DO: paint new doors for built-in storage over closet, hinge & hang.
bathroom: color on one wall; new vent fan/heat/light; new vanity light; new sink cabinet; new faucet; new medicine cabinet; new door; new vanity shelf; new toilet; new towel bar; new roll holder. YET TO DO: hang shower shelf; remove door, fix jamb, re-hang door.
Everywhere, YET TO DO: hang art.
And in case that all isn't enough, in the attic I've hoisted up six 2x4 foot pieces of OSB and the old doors from the hall built-in, to serve as work surface when the time comes to insulate; and deployed a lot of styrofoam packing panels (the kind that is exactly like the "attic insulation DIY kit" you can get at Home Depot) up there, to cushion the joists and wiring from the OSB panels.
This attic is, no doubt about it, one of the three most awful places I've ever been, and has permanently cured any inclination I might ever have had to build a hipped roof. AWFUL.
That right there is an "after" picture, looking through to where I have to go to insulate over the kitchen. The clearance is roughly a foot. This is not a case of "hands and knees," it's a case of belly-crawling-under-barbed-wire-at-boot-camp. Ugh.
Home improvement, y'all. It's not for the faint of heart.