Now that the livability issues have been addressed, and some heavy lifting has been done in the yard, it's time to take a step back and do other stuff. Like ... tax prep (ugh). That will obviously not be as photogenic as home improvement.
However, the projects list does still include lots of stuff that will be documented via images. After all, we haven't even seen the furnished den (there are mirrors and pictures to hang), and then there is the studio (a work in progress), and shelves to hang in the kitchen, with another gallery wall ... !
A key project remaining in the house: finishing and hanging the doors to the built-in storage in the hall, bedroom, and den. We are expecting hardware for the drawers in the hall built-in, and once that arrives I will be motivated to finish the doors. All they need is a light sanding and a top coat of paint.
The doors for the bedroom and den storage cupboards are, I confess, pretty low priority. I will get to 'em when I get to 'em. But finishing the hall built-in is important because until we get the drawer hardware installed we can't use the drawers! The shelves are already loaded and functioning. And they look very cluttery without doors. So yeah: that will be big.
There will be some front-yard projects as well. The south side of the yard is getting completely mulched with cardboard and bark. In a couple of months I hope to have some plants in place. They will not look like much for a while - they will not be large plants, because large plants = $$$ and I need to dial it back - but we have to start somewhere. Meanwhile, the mulch; because the earth is undiggable at present. To finish the prep, I need another carload of mulch and some minor planting accessories, and need to order three plants from the native nursery.
The north side of the yard is almost certainly going to be excavated sometime this year, but not by me: there is a leaking drain. So I'm not even trying to plant anything there, but because that is right in front of my windows I will be doing an arrangement with arbors and containers.
Once the drain repair is done and plants are reconfigured, I have a tile project to do on the cement walk from the driveway to the front steps. That will be my first time tiling anything, so mayhem will probably ensue.
I already have the tile for the walk, and also plan to tile the fronts of the steps up to the front door. Need eight more tiles for that project.
Is it insane to do all this for a rental? Well, obviously. But barring disasters, we will not be moving again as long as we live in Los Angeles, and why not have fun with it?